At The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 12.10.16.
Tonight was pretty much a joyous occasion, as I was going to be photographing one of my favourite acts of recent times, Monster Truck, whose rise has been swift and justified as they blooming ROCK!
I first discovered these guys when they played Hammerfest VI back in March 2014. On that occasion, being on the big stage, I was simply blown away by their unique style of rock. Then no more than two weeks later, I saw these guys play again along side Buffalo Summer and Scorpion Child at Rock Cities Basement, which, I believe was a Metal Hammer Lord of the Riffs tour, the first one. Although a much more intimate affair, their quality still shone through, as it did with all of these bands. Since that tour, all three bands have had major success, with each getting a bigger reception every time they come back to the UK.
With Monster Truck being given a support slot along side giants Nickelback, this will surely boost their popularity even further which is great for them, as everyone I’ve introduced Monster Truck to has instantly fallen in love with them, as I did. So it really is only a matter of time before they start selling out stadiums as big as Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, which is where we find ourselves tonight. Question is, who would THEY have supporting them on that tour? Buffalo Summer or another of their country men, as Nickelback have with these guys, as both are from Canada? It appears we are being invaded by hard rocking Canadian’s at present, but as stated in a previous review, we ain’t complaining – not when the music’s as good as Monster Trucks!
Being Canadian and not wanting to sound too much of a stereotype, but it would appear certain members of the band do in fact enjoy playing Ice Hockey and seeing as tonight’s show was being held at the home of the Nottinghamshire Panthers, it was only right that the band took to the ice for a little practice. Check out the bands Facebook page if you’re interested, as it’s worth a watch if you like that sort of thing. Having been given the honour of taking to the ice, band members, Jon (bass and Vocals) and Brandon (Keys and Vocals) wore the home team’s jersey throughout their set as a mark of respect, nice one lads!
Monster Truck have recently released their latest rock and roll delight, in the form of a brand new LP ‘Sittin Heavy’ and it’s an absolute belter of an album, that continues in the same vane that we’ve become accustomed to from these guys. The rest of their remaining tour dates with Nickelback can be found on their website, and following on from that, the band will be embarking on a European wide tour but this time with Billy Talent in support, again these dates can be found following the same link. Please, if you love hard rock and you can make one of the remaining shows, then do so, you’ll fall in love with them, as much as me. If not, I’ll give you an ice pop!
Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)