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Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15

As a big fan of The Union, I was really looking forward to seeing Peter Shoulder on the second stage and he went down great! Playing a variety of material from his debut album “Feathers and Rain” including “It never Rains” Peter has created a new sound for himself. He even treated us to some new material from his new E.P, as much as I like him as a solo, I hope this isn’t the end for The Union.

Pete Shoulder

The Corporation was now getting busier as the main stage saw The Graveltones next. A duo rock and roll band from London. Starting their set with “Kiss and Fuck Off” and then “Never Gonna Let” The Graveltones have their own bluesy sound with some heavy guitar riffs, showing this off with their final song “Fancy Things”.

Back to the second stage for Falling Red, who never fail to put on a good show. A hell of a journey for these guys from Cumbria in the storm but they made it, and gave it their all! For the crowds just beginning to arrive for the main acts that night they certainly warmed everyone up with a personal favourite “We Escaped A Cult”.

Rozey - Falling Red

Main stage now for Scorpion Child, a five piece from Texas. These guys describe themselves as “heavy acid rock”, and not really knowing what this was, I do now! Their set included “Woman In Black” and “Acid Roulette”. Lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black had an amazing energy on stage, bouncing around and pulling some poses for the camera guys in the pit, by far the most entertaining band so far.

Aryn Black - Scorpian Child

Flip The Pyramid, a four piece from Rotherham and Slovakia. These guys are punk rock, so something a little different to mix up the evening. Unfortunately with the stage times running so close together this was time for me to fuel up and grab some food, so I did miss most of their set but from what I did see and hear they went down well.

SAWF- Flip The Pyramid

Back again to the main stage for Crobot. I first saw these guys at Hard Rock Hell earlier this year and they were a band that stood out for me so I was looking forward to seeing this four piece hard rock band from Pennsylvania again. These guys put on a good show, you could tell they really enjoyed themselves on stage especially with “Welcome to Fat City” and treating us to new song “Easy Money” Brandon bought out the harmonica. Finishing their set with “Fly on the Wall” with Brandon jumping on Chris’s shoulders and Jake the bassist did the whole show in just a pair of grey boxer shorts.

Second stage for Regulus next, another hometown band, a four piece with a groovy stoner rock unique sound. You could tell they really felt at home on stage at the Corporation and had so much fun on now a very packed out stage 2.

The Corporation was now very busy as we had just the top five bands left to play and it was now time for Nonpoint on the main stage. Nonpoint are a metal/heavy rock five piece from America. I was a little unsure of these guys as I’m not a huge fan of metal but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, they were heavier than I would normally like but they were amazing on stage and really got the crowd going and geared up for their friends Fozzy. “Pins and Needles” was one of the crowd favourites and a great cover of Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” was certainly unique, but it worked really well, I’ll not be able to listen to the original without wanting the Nonpoint twist and sound to it.

Second to last on the second stage was Liberty Lies from the Black Country. A five piece alternative rock band who have toured with Halestorm, Shinedown and Heavens Basement. Belting out “Someone Else” and “Confessions of an Effigy” the crowd were fuelled up and ready for stage 2 headliners, Buffalo Summer.

I got the impression Fozzy was what most people had been waiting for and in true Jericho style, we had the intro “Do You Wanna Start A War” before he came on stage in a great flashing jacket. Fozzy put on an awesome show, lead singer – Chris Jericho is certainly an entertainer! They did a great cover of Abba’s “SOS” and the crowd really did go wild, jumping up and down and singing along. Lead guitarist Rich came out into the crowd, jumped on a box and was wheeled through the crowd back to the stage during “Sandpaper” and at the very end of their final song a Krokus cover of “Eat The Rich”, Jericho jumped into the crowd for a spot of crowd surfing.

Chris Jehrico - Fozzy

Headliners Buffalo Summer were on the second stage up next. A bluesy rock four piece from Swansea. I have seen Buffalo Summer a few times now and they always seem to impress me more every time. A great set to finish the second stage off, including a personal favourite of mine “Down To The River”, a song you can’t help but sing along to even if you’ve never heard it before.

The day’s headliner, The Temperance Movement were next on the main stage to finish what had been a great day of good rock music. The Temperance Movement are a five piece rock n roll band that has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months. They have toured with The Rolling Stones and conquered America touring with Blackberry Smoke. I was so excited to see them back in the UK after what had seemed like a lifetime since I had seen them live. Playing a lot of their old classics “Only Friend”, “Midnight Black” and “Take It Back” but also some new stuff from their new album that’s out very soon including “Battle Lines”, “Three Bullets” and the bands favourite off their new album “Get Yourself Free”. At the end of their set the band attempted to leave the stage but of course, the crowd wanted more and they returned to do an encore which included the popular “Ain’t No Telling”.

Phil Campbell - The Temperance Movement

I had a great day at Winter Rocks, The Temperance Movement are one of my favourite bands and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed them but Fozzy stole the show for me. I would love to catch them again if they come back to the UK. Winter Rocks will be back in 2016 and I hope to see you there!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

The Treatment

Rock City Nottingham 10th October 2014.

Tonight’s gig was a pretty exciting one for me, as those crazy rockers from the land of Oz were over here touring with Buffalo Summer and The Treatment, which is the first time, that I’m aware of, since I reviewed their fabulous new album “Full Throttle” and was only their fourth ever show in this country. I go into more depth about them, as a band and the album itself in that review.

Having only heard the album and read the reviews, I was eager to see how Massive performed on the live stage, as, lets face it, that’s were the music really matters. Surprisingly they were on first, which must have been an odd feeling for them too as they are usually the main attraction back home in Australia and it showed.

Let me tell you, these guys were rocking from the get go! The whole set consisted of tracks from the new album, which didn’t matter non, as I think the album is a great body of work from start to finish. The band kicked off with ‘Burning the Sun’, then went on to do ‘Hollywood’, ‘Lacey’, ‘Dancefloor’, ‘Ghost’, ‘One by One’ then finished with ‘Now or Never’. In true Australian fashion, fashioned by those nut cases Airbourne, we had plenty of beer drinking on and off the stage and at one point Brad Marr, Massive’s vox man managed to climb onto the Basement Bar, thrash out a few riffs, down someone else’s pint, throw the empty plastic pint cup at me, whilst I was trying to take a picture, then jump back onto the stage for the next song.

Brad Marr - Massive

I’ll be honest, these guys know how to work a crowd and have a party whilst doing so. I appreciated axe man, Ben Laguada posing throughout the set as it really did make for an awesome picture. Aidan Mc Garrigle was more of a shy creature, opting to hide behind his hair throughout most of the set, but I did mange to capture him busting out some moves. On drums we have a stereotypical Aussie look-a-like, surfer dude, Jarrod Medwin, who is super good looking and very charismatic sat behind his kit. I’ll say this about Brad, what he lacks in height, he makes up for in his larger than life personality, which stands tall! He is actually taller in the flesh!! An awesome set, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so, afterwards I was ready to go home, as anyone else playing the stage was going to have a really hard time matching that MASSIVE performance, over to you then Buffalo Summer! P.S Massive did suggest they may be back in the UK in 2015 during the festival season, so watch out for them appearing next summer!

Massive

I first saw the adorable Welsh bunch, Buffalo Summer, when they played on Metal Hammer’s first “Lord of the Riffs” tour, which, after seeing them play, again at Rock City’s basement bar, made me fall in love with this band instantly. They do exactly what they say they do, which is feel good rock and roll. As the guys have been touring with Massive and The Treatment, I feel tonight’s performance was a slightly more elevated affair from that first encounter. Having two very energetic bands on the bill, has surely helped them to up their onstage persona to maintain people spirits through their set. To do this, we had four very energetic and entertaining buffalo’s on that stage.

Andrew Hunt - Buffalo Summer

Andrew (vox) posed for the camera’s, which is a rare occurrence at any show, if you ever read this though Andrew, shoving your face straight down the camera’s lens, in low light, isn’t easy to fix focus on and capture, but I did appreciate the gesture. Darren the bass king was in high spirits and he too elevated to new heights and climbed onto the bar for a bit of a bass solo, his horns were being flashed a plenty. Jonny Williams, on guitar was an absolute monster with his axe tonight, hence why they were on the Lords of Riff tour, a pure genius, who was relishing his time on the stage, which is always nice to see. Brother and drummer Gareth Hunt was also very energetic and seemed to be loving performing for us all tonight. I haven’t got long to wait before I see these guys again, as the next opportunity will be in November, at Hard Rock Hell 8 in North Wales, which isn’t too far for these guys to travel, so see you there, you lucky, lucky people!

Jonny Williams - Buffalo Summer

Headliners tonight were “The Treatment” from Cambridge. At first, when they all took to the stage, I though I was on the set of Grease and was gearing up for a showdown with the T-Birds gang, but thankfully the band started playing and I remembered where I was, phew, back on track. All five members are strapping young lads which helped to explain the scantily clad rock chicks, or is that the pink ladies, in the crowd screaming their heads off……..disgusting behaviour, but all good fun and was reminiscent of the days of old, when swagga, style and rock n roll music was a lifestyle choice not a sub genre. Having a 22,000+ following on their Facebook page, these guys are really kicking up a storm amongst the younger generation.

Matt Jones - The Treatment

Lead singer Matt Jones reminded me of Sisters of Mercy singer Andrew Eldritch, with his mirrored Aviator shades, but that’s where the similarities ended. The rest of the band consists of Dee Dammers – guitar, Tagore Grey – guitar, Dhani Mansworth – Drums and Rick Newman – bass. To describe their sound, I’d have to go with AC/DC definitely (but only as far as a style and similarity in music goes) and as far as my own personal taste goes, I couldn’t really get on-board with them but I know many people do like these guys and I certainly respect what they are doing. I have listened to both their albums, ‘This Might Hurt’ and ‘Running With Dogs’ many times, the latter being my preferred choice out of the two, which was only released this year. As they are maturing, their music is becoming more palatable, so there is hope for me yet! Until next time music fans, stay crazy.

The Treatment

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Buffalo Summer

Pre-Gig Interview

The Cavern Exeter 16th July 2013.

Buffalo Summer are definitely a band in the ascendance. The Welsh Blues/Groove rockers eponymous debut has earned them rave reviews, and they have been touring Europe relentlessly since October on the back of it. I caught up with brothers, Andrew and Gareth Hunt (vocals and drums, respectively), Jonny Williams (guitar) and Darren King (bass) in Exeter, as their current tour with Heaven’s Basement comes to a climax.

Hi, guys. You’ve just sound checked at Exeter’s Cavern3, and I’ve dragged you out into an alleyway for a chat. This’ll be the third time I’ve seen you this year (after successful sets at HRH AOR festival, and Road Trip, Ibiza). It’s been a busy old year for you. How does it feel?

DK – “Yeah, It’s been an amazing year… And we’re only half way through!”
AH – “We’ve toured with Walking Papers… twice, Skid Row, then this tour, and next is “Ugly Kid Joe in Switzerland, and there’s been festival slots in between.”
RN – “So it’s a full-time job now?”
AH – “It is now, yes. It’s very glamorous, as you can see.” casting his eye around the Shaded alleyway and the concrete staircase, on which we’re sat. At least it’s clean and out of the beating rays of the afternoon sun!
JW – “Ah, yes…sat around drinking coffee… Not even Starbucks, mind. Just… coffee.”
DK – “It’s brown and watery! And it’s better than the muck in Ibiza. Incidentally, the coffee in mainland Spain was delectable…” We continue to discuss continental coffee for a minute…

Buffalo Summer

Back on topic, I ask the guys about the story of the album. Imagine a groovy remix of Toby Jepson (I said I wouldn’t use that reference… I lied!), singing Free and Zeppelin mash ups. I know. You’ve just had a trouser accident, haven’t you?

AH – “It was self-funded, eventually being picked up by Cargo Records, who released it ‘properly’ with a physical disc, as well as iTunes and Amazon download options.”
JW – “It’s not a bad album considering it was recorded in 4 days!”
RN – “Was that to capture raw energy?”
AH – “No. That’s all the money we had!”

A frank and honest answer, but that’s what you get with Buffalo Summer. Honest, genuine… salt of the Earth.

JW – “It was meant to be 5 days, but we had a power cut!”
AH – “We’d like to spend a bit longer on the next album.”
DK – “Yeah. Maybe stretch it out 6 days!

We then briefly discuss how some of the greatest albums were recorded in next to no time.

AH – “I think we definitely captured the energy on this one, but we think the next one will be even stronger.”
RN – “Is that what you’re thinking about now?”
JW – “We think about it every fuckin’ day!”

Jonny’s a man of few words, and as dry as cream cracker on toast! Andrew elaborates…

AH – “We’ve got about 20 new songs to choose from already. We’ve been touring this album since October now.”
RN – “Have you aired any of the new stuff?”
AH – “On our headline tour of Spain we had to! The album covered the first 40 minutes or so of the gig, so we had no choice in order to fill the other hour!”
DK – “A lot of the songs that will go towards the new album feel like ‘old’ songs now! So we shouldn’t have the ‘difficult second album’ syndrome.”

Buffalo Summer.

We chat about touring. I can tell these guys are riding the rock roller coaster, and loving every minute of it. I ask about the current tour with Heaven’s Basement and Skarlett Riot.

As one, all four agree, “Yeah, it’s been amazing.”
DK – “I think tonight is the smallest venue on the tour, “Snuggest” Jonny interjects.
DK – “Yeah, ‘snuggest’.
RN – “And it’s sold out on pre-sale?”
DK – “Yeah. I believe so. This’ll be the 6th or 7th sell out.”
AH – “The others have been pretty close, mind. There’s been a lot of hot, sweaty gigs.”
DK – “Touring in the middle of a heatwave.” He thinks for a second. “Here’s a question. How long does it have to be hot for a heatwave to become Summer?”
JW – “You watch… It’ll snow next week!”

Yet again, we digress… So, I ask, “Apart from the heat, how’s the mood been on the tour?”

DK – “All the bands have been getting on really well.”
RN – “Are you all riding together?”
AH – “No. We can only dream of tour buses!”
Then, as straight-faced as a funeral director, Jonny chips in with, “Actually, we’re going to skip tour buses, and go straight to helicopters!”

Meanwhile back in the real world,

AH – “We’ve noticed a different audience to what we’re used to. Touring with established ‘classic’ rock acts brings a slightly more mature audience. The crowds on this tour seem to have been a lot younger.”
DK – “I’ve been blown away by the reaction we’ve been getting, not just at the gigs, but particularly through social media. That’s almost become a full-time job in itself!”
JW – “People tweeting ‘I’m watching you now!”
DK – “Yeah, I tweeted a picture at Download of the crowd from the back of the drum riser. I got 40 tweets back of people taking pictures of me taking a picture!”

That brings to mind a pet peeve of mine. The sea of rectangular glows at any gig these days, kids distancing themselves from the event right before their eyes! So, I ask “Do you think that spending the gig on your smartphone is okay?”

JW – “I don’t think Led Zeppelin would have got away with half of the stuff they did if camera phones were around then.”

Buffalo Summer..

The Led Zeppelin comment guides me to ask about the band’s history and influences, for any newcomers to the Buffalo party.

AH – “We officially started in 2010, from a gigging point of view. Jonny and me love the blues, and had been jamming for a while, and found ourselves writing tunes.
RN – “The ‘Robert Plant look’ isn’t an accident, then?”
AH – “I might have borrowed a move or two from him.” He smirks.
“Free, Deep Purple, Black Crowes… They were my influences…”

We are cut short by a request. “Can one of you shift your van?” Johnny makes his apologies, and leaves to move the van! Even Rock ‘n’ Roll has to give in to yellow lines, it seems! Darren picks up the thread…

“There’s a lot of stuff that passed me by before the band. I found Zeppelin, and pretty much stayed there! Now, Deep Purple and Free are huge for me. I owe a lot to Andy Fraser.”

For the first time, Gareth chips in…

“I’m pretty much the same. Bonham was amazing. I do like a bit of 70’s prog though.”
DK – “We, the rhythm section, do get turned on by strange proggy stuff. It may not be that noticeable, but it’s there.”

To wrap up, I ask the guys about their plans for the future.

AH – “We’ve got a European tour with Ugly Kid Joe straight after this tour…”
DK – “Then we’ve planned some pre-production time… Thinking about the next album. There’s a lot to sort out, but I guarantee you a new Buffalo Summer album before 2040!”

Well there’s something to look forward to!

In the meantime, check out their self-titled debut. Or even better, go catch them on tour. I’m off inside to do just that.

Interview and Photography by Rob Nankivell