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Clockwork Promotions Presents

Clockwork Promotions 20th October 2013

My Great Affliction/ Bullitstorm/ Valous/ Diamond Lil and Piston.

The Flapper Birmingham 20th October 2013.

Sunday nights at The Flapper in Birmingham are becoming a bit of a regular jaunt for me, especially when faced with the prospect of five great bands, each worthy of headlining status in their own right and all gathered together under one roof!

First up on stage and giving a performance well worthy of the rock ‘n’ roll shaman that they are, were Piston. When it comes to packing in all the crucial ingredients that I enjoy in a live performance, these guys stand out a mile and simply keep going from strength to strength. Tonight’s set from them was laced with their ever present fuel injected intensity and even when faced with the confines of the relatively small stage at The Flapper, they still held nothing back. I believe Piston will be back in the recording studio again shortly, so lots more to look forward to from these guys!

Steve Nunn - Piston

It’s always good to see another side to a band and tonight we had just that opportunity with Diamond Lil’s set tonight presenting the variation from electric to unplugged. The familiar face of Jamie Downes was sadly absent from the stage aswell but with the remaining combined talent of Ellis Wilde, Harry Colley and Austin Miller all proficiently exposing the acoustic undercurrent of Diamond Lil, it was an absolute please to hear such versatility within this band. At the time of this gig, I had no knowledge of the sad news that was set to follow a few days later and informing us that Diamond Lil had reached the end of their journey. With that in mind I’m feeling pretty privileged to have caught their set tonight and many well wishes being sent to Diamond Lil for the future and I hope to catch you all again one day further down the road.

Ellis Wilde - Diamond Lil

Birmingham’s very own Valous took to the stage next and brought along with them their own highly addictive brand of metal. Laden with the fiercesome vocal’s of Mat Shutt and the dual attacking guitar force that is JD and Rig, the metal onslaught that Valous deliver has a momentum all of it’s own. It’s always a pleasure to see a band with such stage presence and personality that easily conquers the audience divide and this is without doubt another quality that Valous posses. With two band brothers from Left For Red taking to the stage aswell, this evening’s set had a life of it’s own that was a force to be reckoned with!

JD and Rig - Valous

Tonight’s gig here at The Flapper had a special meaning to Bullitstorm, as following their recent time in the studio, they had chosen this occasion to mark the release of their new self titled album. With their set list showcasing many of its great tracks and including such epic songs as ‘Flatlined (DNR)’ and ‘Fractured’, it really wasn’t hard to appreciate the 110% that these guys have committed to their music. Tonight’s performance ran high on energy and was rich in ability but that is pretty much always the case with Bullitstorm. For those of you who didn’t catch these guys tonight, go check out some of the album tracks over on their Facebook page or better still get yourselves down to one of their up and coming gigs and pick up a copy in person!

Rob Grosvenor and Graham Benton-Cox - Bullitstorm

Our headliner’s for this evening were the awesome My Great Affliction, who are fast becoming West Midland masters in the long standing tradition of blue blooded rock ‘n’ roll. Ste Gough, Daz Wright and Craig Horobin have had an amazingly productive musical year and with each and every gig that they have performed, their popularity just keeps growing.

Ste Gough - My Great Affliction

Tonight’s gig for Clockwork Promotions was heralded as MGA’s last one for this year as the band are now intending to turn their attention towards a spot of song writing and recording. I, for one am massively looking forward to hearing the outcome’s from this hiatus, along with catching up again with them in the New Year!

My Great Affliction

And there we have it, one class night with five top performances and not much more you could ask for really!

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Clockwork Promotions Presents

Clockwork Promotions Presents

My Great Affliction, Bullitstorm, Valous, Diamond Lil and Piston

at The Flapper, Birmingham, 20th October 2013.

An awesome showcase of metal and rock courtesy of Clockwork Promotions.

A night of raw, gutsy noise with five great bands showing that the Midlands unsigned rock scene is alive and kicking!!

Follow the links to see more great pictures.

My Great Affliction

 

Bullitstorm

 

Valous

 

Diamond Lil

 

Piston

 

My Great Affliction

Bullitstorm

Valous

Diamond Lil

Piston

 

By Stephen Turner

Clockwork Promotions Presents

Clockwork Promotions 11th August 2013

Sevendaze/ Arrows/ My Great Affliction and Resin.

The Flapper Birmingham 11th August 2013.

Tonight is a bit of a double whammy as not only is it Seven Daze’s home coming gig fresh from the success of their tour, but it’s also time to wet the baby’s head for Clockwork Promotions and with three other mighty fine bands also in tonight’s line up, The Flapper is definitely the place to be!

Starting the evening off in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion was the Hinckley based band, Resin. I’ve seen Resin play live on numerous occasions and reflecting back on those past impressive performances whilst comparing them to this evening’s outing at The Flapper, what we witnessed here tonight were five guys reaping the rewards of their own commitment to a band that they are clearly passionate about. Tonight’s outing brought them back onto terra firma after a triumphant performance on the acoustic stage at Bloodstock and albeit that that will be one accomplishment I imagine they will always cherish, tonight’s set saw them giving a stellar performance that I will be applauding for a long time to come. There was also an air of sadness about tonight for me, as it may well be the last time that I see Mark Abbott sitting behind Resin’s drum kit but with this chapter in the Resin story ending on such a high, I’m already on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to begin!

James Botha - Resin

Our second band of this evening, who were up and ready to roll in no time at all, were the always absorbing, My Great Affliction. MGA are fast becoming a band that really need little introduction, as they’ve made the most of every opportunity out there and wasted no time at all in putting their stamp on the West Midlands unsigned music scene. Their current line up of Ste Gough (Vocals and Guitar), Daz Wright (Bass and backing vocals) and Craig Horobin (drums), must now be coming up to it’s twelve month anniversary and three really has proved to be the magic number for them as the new material that they are writing has a mighty fine edge to it and the proof of that came tonight courtesy of the handsome airings of their newly recorded track ‘Sick and Tired’ along with their performance of the recent video release “Another Man”. I suspect there’s a lot more good stuff still yet to come from My Great Affliction before the end of the year, so do keep an eye on their Facebook page, you don’t want to miss out now do you??

Ste Gough - My Great Affliction

Next band up with the penultimate performance for this evening were Walsall based band Arrows, and yes, you’ve guessed right – lead vocalist and chief guitar dinger in the band, is the one and only, the multi talented and multi tasking, Mr Adam Lavender (AKA Clockwork Promotions) himself! Since the bands inception in March 2012, Adam, Jak and Joe have written their own fable of intently feisty songs that when played live, loose absolutely nothing in translation. Their set tonight included, and to name only a few, ‘Lord Save The Matador’, ‘So Much Silence’ ‘Clockwork’ and one song that really is a must go seek out and have a listen to, ‘Terrorbird’, as this is the primest of examples of the raging craziness that are Arrows! Tonight’s performance was one that was long overdue as sadly I think this may only have been their fourth live performance this year, but good things came to he (and she) who have waited as these guys categorically smashed it!

Adam Lavender - Arrows

Much planning has gone into the setting up and organising of the Seven Daze’s tour, which has already touched down in Kingston, Manchester, Leicester, Doncaster and culminating here tonight with their ultimate homecoming gig. With the band about to take to the stage, one last look around the venue couldn’t fail to warm ya cockles as I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Flapper so full of faces, and with plenty of brand new ‘Crash, Burn, Learn’  T Shirts visible in the crowd, Seven Daze couldn’t have hoped for a greater turn out!

Kenny Jones - Seven Daze

Looking more than just a little happy about the crowds warmest of welcomes as they took to the stage, Seven Daze set about making the most of their thirteen song set which included ‘Taken’, ‘Slaves’ the amazing (and Seven Daze favorite of mine) ‘All About You’ and tour anthem, ‘Crash Burn Learn’. Their time just flew by and with curfew fast approaching; there was only one thing left to do – STAGE INVASION! Hardcore Brummie brothers Insolito were fast to take the lead with many friends and fans not needing to be asked twice. Sometimes you just can’t find the right words to capture the moment and as the last note of the night was played out, one look at the faces of Kenny Jones and crew said everything that no words ever could.

Seven Daze

Sevendaze certainly brought the show home tonight! It really was a wonderful thing to see a near full venue, an audience hell bent on enjoying the night and a great introduction and showcase of what Clockwork Promotions is all about!

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.