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Fear Without Reason

With support from Glory Fades, Wakedown and State Of Ember.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 1st December 2018.

With the festive season about to commence, this evenings Ovation Music Management event at the O2 Academy3 had that wonderful feelgood vibe about it and why not indeed with a line up including State Of Ember, Wakedown, Glory Fades and the wonderful Fear without Reason who were our headliners tonight.

And getting this evenings event underway were Worcestershire based threesome State Of Ember, who certainly set them sparks flying tonight. With rhythms that combine both pop punk elements and in your face rock, the bands set went down a storm with the audience tonight and a notable highlight of their performance for me, was the skill and precision of Chelsea McCammon’s whirling drumsticks. Be sure to check out State of Ember if you haven’t already, this band are up and coming fast!

Next up were Wakedown and these guys need little introduction as they have certainly made a fair few waves in 2018 with live performances, a debut EP and video releases aswell. All that hard work has served the band well as Wakedown’s rock is rich and charismatic – as was their set and performance tonight. I’m very pleased to say that it won’t be long before the band are back up on stage again in 2019, so be sure to check out their Facebook page for live dates and details yet to come.

With the stage lights dimmed to shades of cool blue, the anticipation increased as our penultimate band of the night Glory Fades took to the stage. It’s been quite a while since I last saw these guys live (shame on me) and it was certainly the first time of seeing them with Justin Griffiths at the mic – and what a power house of a vocalist he is! Their line up as it is, has a blissful feel of longevity about it and this band are a must see for fans of adrenaline fuelled and magnetic rock.

Headlining tonight were Fear Without Reason and from the moment the band took to the stage, the atmosphere both on stage and off was remarkable – when a band are caught up in the moment and also on top form, you’re guaranteed a set to remember!

Fear Without Reason have this wonderful attribute within their music that captures the soul of the beholder and lyrically, they strike an affinity with many, myself included. Songs such as ‘Broken’ and ‘Holding On’ strongly serve to clinch that connection and in my opinion, define the wealth of this bands song writing ability. Tonight’s performance from the band was by far the best I’ve seen them and that in itself is saying something, as these guys always give 110% but from my perspective, Fear Without Reason delivered the jackpot tonight.

Big thanks must go out to Hils for putting on yet another fantastic night for the bands and all present, and also to tonight’s Sound and Lighting Engineer – 11/10 all round!

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr!!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Your Alibi

With support from The Dalliance, Fear Without Reason and Second Cities. O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th January 2018.

Tonight see’s me heading on over to the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham for what looks to be yet another extremely promising Hils Ovation night. Headlining tonight are the up and coming Wolverhampton based rockers, Your Alibi, with support most ably being provided by The Dalliance, Fear Without Reason and Second Cities.

And opening up tonight’s occasion were Second Cities and I gotta hand it to these guys as their enthusiasm for their set tonight was as infectious as their energy. There was some pretty cool guitar work going on up their aswell with guitarists Jimmy Docker and Tony Mac working that stage aswell. Be sure to check out Second Cities over on their Facebook page or better still, get yourselves down to their next gig on the 9th Feb at The Flapper Birmingham.

Next up on stage tonight were Fear Without Reason and the fact that people just seemed to appear out of thin air told me that this was one set not to be missed. These guys certainly brought some great rock to the O2 Academy3 tonight with a very strong set list that also included their brand new track ‘Broken’, which held the audience completely spellbound. Overall, this was an awesome performance from Fear Without Reason and the only downside to it was that it ended way too soon!

I first saw The Dalliance at another of Hils Ovations nights back in July of last year and even in that short time frame, their set tonight proved that they have not wasted a single minute when it comes down to developing their sound and raising their own bar. With the impressive Andrew Kilpatrick now heading up the vocals, The Dalliance pack one hell of a punch live and they are definitely moving in the right direction – another must see band for you to check out, first chance you get.

Tonight’s headlining band were the West Midland based Your Alibi and not only do these guys deliver the kind of rock that leaves a lasting impression, they also have the ability to make you feel part of something great. With quite a few fans champing at the bit in anticipation for tonight’s performance, Your Alibi rose to meet and exceed expectations and the highlight of their set was in my opinion, their haunting cover version of Linkin Parks ‘Crawling’, which saw Nathan Talbot stepping out from behind the drum kit to become master of the violin. A top notch set from the band and a first class end to quite a night!

You just can’t beat the experience of live music, especially when it comes courtesy of bands as talented as these four bands were tonight. Great night all round – roll on the next one!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.