The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 12th November 2016.
I think it’s fair to say that this evenings event is going to be quite a special one, as the growing buzz in the music scene around the up and coming band Stone Broken really has given them wings, and boy oh boy, here we have a band who are most definitely set to fly.
Tonight’s line up also includes three other rather excellent bands and getting this evenings event underway were Wicked Stone, who hail from the south east area of Kent. Wicked Stone sit sweetly within the southern style hard rock genre and have a melodic sound akin to that of Black Stone Cherry, which was a perfect match with tonight’s audience. Given that the band only formed last year, their ability and achievements together are impressive and based on their performance tonight, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from them in times yet to come.
Next up and fresh from their success at Hard Rock Hell, were the Glasgow based band Mason Hill who are definitely another of the up and coming young bands to watch out for. The stand out aspect for me about the bands set tonight was the level of energy that they put into their performance as from my privileged position in the photo pit, the adrenaline which poured off that stage was quite astounding. Mason Hill are a great band to see live and I highly recommend that you do.
With just one final band set to play before our headliners took to the stage, The Slade Rooms was looking just about full to the rafters so it was amidst some mighty loud cheers and applause, that our penultimate band of the night Trucker Diablo took to the stage.
Trucker Diablo have been rocking the sound waves hard since 2008 and have the kind of history that can’t fail to impress with previous highlights for the band including supports with giants such as Foo Fighters, Terrorvision and Thin Lizzy to name only a few. That being said, these guys are no strangers to outstanding headlining performances in their own right, so seeing them here tonight was a bit of a treat in itself! From the first song to the last, Trucker Diablo and The Slade Rooms rocked and it’s always a pleasure to see a band and audience connect like that, as it’s that kind of atmosphere which captures the spirit of live music and making tonight’s set from the band, something pretty special to witness.
The past three years have seen Stone Broken’s popularity grow at an incredible rate and the fact that tonight’s audience was over 500 strong in numbers marks that fact well. And even though you could pretty much classify this as a hometown gig for the band, some of The Broken Army fans had travelled quite a distance to be here which gives an impressive indication of the growing interest that Stone Broken are currently generating across the UK.
For me, the magic of Stone Broken comes very much from the band members themselves. During the past three years I have seen Rich, Robyn, Kieron and Chris raise their own bar at every opportunity and never give anything less than 110%. With this firm focus now combined with the management of Peter Keevil, Stone Broken are turning their dreams and aspirations into reality and this undoubtedly is quite awesome to see.
And tonight, that focus was firmly fixed on making this an occasion to remember, with the bands energy and enthusiasm being completely addictive to watch.
Tonight’s set list saw Stone Broken’s debut album ‘All In Time’ played in it’s glorious entirety, which made for a very happy audience indeed. In addition to that, we were also privy to a sweet little taster of what album number two might sound like, in the form of two new tracks titled ‘Other Side Of Me’ and ‘Just A Memory’.
Stone Broken really are one of the brightest lights amongst up and coming new music and I really do recommend you go and see them live. The band are set to tour UK and Europe with Glenn Hughes in January/February 2017 so make sure to check their Facebook Page or website for details of where, when and how to get tickets!
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.