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The Answer

Rescue rooms Nottingham 4.3.17.

Local three piece hard rockersSKAM’ started the night off and what a band to get the crowd rocking! It was great to see them back at The Rescue Rooms supporting The Answer, as they did when they first hit the scene five years ago.

Steve Hill - SKAM

Entertaining the crowd with some of their classics including “Holy City”, “The Wire” and a personal favourite “Going Away” and of course the mighty “Massacre”, was guaranteed to get the crowd rocking. We were also treated to a new song from their new studio album (promised later this year!) “Take it or Leave it” which was very well received. While we wait for that new album, SKAM have a live album coming out this month which is available to pre order now.

Matt Gilmore - SKAM

Now what everyone was waiting for, The Answer! They are a Northern Ireland hard/blues rock band who I first saw supporting ACDC back in 2009 and instantly fell in love with.

Tonight was the final gig of the ‘In This Land‘ tour and saw them playing the majority of their new album “Solas” which included “Beautiful World”, “Demon Driven Man”, and “Tunnel” but not forgetting some classics from previous albums including the mighty “Never Too Late” and “Under The Stars”.

Cormac Neeson - The Answer

Back to the “Solas” album and they did a beautiful version of “In This Land”, when out came the percussion and Mandolin for a great acoustic version followed by the fantastic ballad “Thief Of Light”. “Demon Eyes” saw Cormac do his signature move getting up close and personal and coming down into the middle of the crowd and getting everyone down on their hands and knees. He then got out the Bouzouki for “Being Begotten”.

Michael Waters - The Answer

I was starting to worry that I wouldn’t get to hear my favourite song from the album “Battlecry” but it was the perfect song to end a fantastic night and the crowd certainly agreed with plenty of rocking, dancing, clapping and singing along.

Paul Mahon - The Answer

The amazing crowd was certainly not disappointed with an absolutely fantastic night of great rock and I hope they don’t leave it too long before they are back rocking the UK again.

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

The Treatment

The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 12.5.16

As the summer draws ever closer, the days are longer and the temperature’s rising, which can only mean one thing, festival season is just around the corner! By now, you’ve ear marked your ‘go too’ festival of choice, usually the one that has the best looking line up which suits your own personal taste in music, or that one festival, you go to every year, religiously, simply because the atmosphere is always great and all your mates will be there, regardless of who’s playing. Either way, it’s time to get out there, have a few beer, meet old friends, make new ones and support live music!

Tonight was an excuse to do just that and with three great live bands on the bill, you’d be a fool not to be a part of it, so we made sure we were there to enjoy the fun.

As I loitered about outside in the sunshine, I spotted The Treatments new vocalist, Mitchel Emms, taking in the wonderful Nottingham scenery, so I though I’d ruin his day and go speak to him. Being a polite young man, he entertained me while I asked him how he’s getting on since joining the band, sometime last year. The last time I saw these guys, it was next door, in The Basement Bar, at Rock City, with the bands original vocalist Matt Jones, who parted was after the bands last tour.

Mitchel is an accomplished musician, with a natural ability, which he’s nurtured from an early age. Before joining The Treatment, he fronted several other bands in the past, the two most worth mentioning were MisterNothing and Fahran. As he needed to go and get ready for the show, he politely excused himself and ran off to meet up with the rest of the band, who were tucked away in their dressing room!

The first of three bands tonight are no strangers to us and they go by the name of SKAM. If you’ve not heard of these guys before, where the hell have you been? Amazingly, a lot of tonight’s crowd were new to these guys, but this trio of rock and rollers from neighbouring county of Leicestershire, soon changed their opinions with their no nonsense, classic rock and roll act! With so many sub-genres in the music world these days, it’s hard to find a band that produces that ‘classic rock and roll’ style, but these guys have nailed it and stay true to it!

Neal Hill and Matt Gilmore - SKAM

Since forming three years ago, it’s not taken SKAM long to establish themselves as a formidable live act, on the ever growing live music scene. Having signed to Off Yer Rocker Records, every show they get booked for appears to be better than the last! For instance, coming up, on the 22nd of May SKAM are supporting Tony Wright (Terrorvision) at the Soundhouse in Leicester. As people, off stage, these guys are salt of the earth, are always approachable and up for a conversation or willing to share a joke with. In fact, the last time we saw SKAM play, it was for a charity gig in Derby, so these guys are no strangers to the odd helping out of others for a good cause! After their set, we had a great chat about the prospect of the bands third album being released towards the end of this year, so look out for that news being announced!

Steve Hill - SKAM

Next up, a band I personally enjoy watching every time I see them live, Off Yer Rocker label mates, The Amorettes, who are an all girl trio from Scotland. These girls too, are going from strength to strength with every gig they play! Having recently announced their second album ‘White Hot Heat’ due to be released on the 27th of June, they’ve also announced they’ll be gracing Download’s fourth stage on the Friday, as well as announcing they’ve been booked to play ‘T In The Park’, which is a little closer to home for these rockettes!

Hannah - The Amorettes

Tonight, these ladies were in fine form – as ever, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. I’ve always said The Amorettes are destined to be superstars, on stage and for their musical ability, but off stage, I’ve yet to see their personality really shine. As I talked to people throughout the night, everyone I spoke with said how good both SKAM and the Amorettes were tonight, which is a great advert for themselves, their genre and their fantastic record label.

Heather - The Amorettes

As stated, I last saw The Treatment when Matt Jones was in the band, which turns out was back in October 2014, where has the time gone! Anyhow, these guys have always been a great live act and despite having their line up change several times, there’s always one thing you can be sure of with The Treatment and that is, these guys will give you 110% on that stage and they proved that again tonight. Before the gig, I thought Mitchel Emms, was a nice and polite young man, but on stage, he stuck his middle finger up at me however I did have my camera up to my face at the time though. I can’t explain it but my camera appears to have that effect on rock stars, it’s all in the name of rock and roll, I guess? haha.

'Swoggle' Newman - The Treatment

Having recently released the bands third studio album ‘Generation Me’ this tour is to support the release of that album, however, tonight was the penultimate show on the fourteen date run. These guys have got a pretty busy summer, appearing at festivals all over Europe, so keep your eyes peeled, Treatment fans.

When I was speaking to Mitchel, I asked him if he’d had any creative input on the making of this new album, to which he replied “most of this album was already written and ready to go before I joined the band”. I also asked if that was difficult or an easy thing to do, coming into a band that has so much material already there for you? “Well the pressures off me really, all I have to do is learn the songs and rock out when we perform on stage. Having been a performer and vocalist for so many years, I’m continually writing music, lyrics etc so at the moment, I’m just enjoying myself, performing with the band but cometh the time, when/if we produce a fourth album, I’ll be ready to hopefully stamp a little of my own personality on the music we produce.”

The Treatment

Tonight was as expected, a very fast pace, full on energy roller coster ride of hair, teeth, screams and leather all flying about the stage, with enough smoke to cover a small city! Honestly, even superman’s super vision couldn’t see through all that smoke especially with the stage being all back lighting and little or no front lighting. Seriously, where do these venues get these lighting Engineers, a pre-historic cave? At least the sound was good tonight and I thought Mitchel did a fantastic job and really fits in well with the rest of the band. Everyone in attendance seemed to really enjoy themselves and with audience ages varying widely, these guys appeal to many and all, not merely a select few, i.e teenage girls, all screaming like children, which was my impression, the last time I saw these guys. It appears they’ve matured, but are still able to rock your socks off!

Tonight was a great night, spent watching three young bands, all of which play classic rock, awesome, roll on summer 2016, we’re ready for you and all of the awesome music we’re going to see this year! BOOM!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Hard Rock Hell AOR

On The Road Tour 2016.

The Quireboys, Faster Pussycat, Bonafide and more.

Rock n roll royalty and kings of the road to headline the inaugural HRH AOR on the Road Tour 2016. Hard Rock Hell, Europe’s undisputed leader in residential festivals are pleased to announce they are taking their HRH AOR brand on the road around the UK for its inaugural trip.

HRH AOR Tour Poster

Hard gigging, hard living, hard rocking : home-grown heroes The Quireboys, have reinforced their reputation as kings of the road after announcing this slew of new dates with HRH AOR for 2016.

There will be eight premier shows, which The Quireboys will headline, with main support from 80s hair metal heroes Faster Pussycat and super Swedes Bonafide. Other support acts include The Texas Flood, Thirteen Stars and SKAM.

“It will be more than 18 months since we played so many full electrics shows across the UK and it’s time we treated the fans to a big old party,” said singer Spike. “Doing it with 3 other bands under the HRH AOR banner in bigger venues, just makes perfect sense. We’ll be rolling out an all-new set featuring our favourite songs from the last four records, all the classics and some tunes that have never been played live. Let’s see how that works out!”

2015 has been the band’s most successful year to date with a main stage slot at Sweden Rock, sold-out dates in the USA and scores of UK and European headline shows complementing superb new album St Cecilia And The Gypsy Soul.

HRH CEO & Founder, Jonni Davis added, “We’ve been planning quite a few of these high value packages under the HRH banner to tour various countries for some time, this will be the first of many, which have been requested by the HRH family and are now out there for everyone to enjoy, getting Spike and the lads to headline the first one, just made it even more special”.

VIP & Standard tickets are on pre-sale now on www.ticketweb.com

TOUR DATES

Wednesday 16th March O2 Ritz Manchester. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // SKAM.

Thursday 17th March O2 ABC Glasgow. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // Thirteen Stars.

Friday 18th March O2 Academy Bristol. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // The Texas Flood.

Saturday 19th March Rescue Rooms Nottingham. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // The Texas Flood.

Sunday 20th March O2 Academy Newcastle. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // The Texas Flood.

Thursday 24th March O2 Academy Sheffield. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // SKAM.

Friday 25th March 25th O2 Academy Islington. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // The Texas Flood.

Saturday 26th March O2 Academy Birmingham. Faster Pussycat // Bonafide // The Texas Flood.