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Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15.

There is no better way to kick off the festive period than a fun filled line up over two stages at the award winning night club, The Corporation in Sheffield.

After a few delays in opening up, it was apparent the stage times was not going to go as originally planned. Unfortunately for us Bad Touch had to pull out as they had traffic problems getting to the event, however this was beneficial for Winter Rocks as this meant the original openers Skarlett Riot could take their spot and the event could stick to its original timescales.

So now opening Winter Rocks on the second stage were Fahran, and what an opener that was! Fahran are a five piece hard rock band from Nottingham. After waiting outside in the gale force winds waiting for the venue to open, Fahran certainly warmed us up with “Cased In Steel” and “Take This City Alive”.

Josh Ballantyne - Fahran

Skarlett Riot up next and opening the main stage, a female fronted four piece from Scunthorpe, who over the few years they have been together, have managed to play Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and Download. Skarlett the lead singer has a great voice and a knack for getting the crowd involved. “Cascade” was a great example of this as she asked the crowd joined in and then slowing it down a little with “Ignite”.

Skarlett - Skarlett Riot

Time for a quick run back to the second stage and unfortunately the stage times were now overlapping by a few minutes, so in full swing were Stags. Stags have a unique sound and although they describe themselves as alternative rock, I thought they had more of a prog/blues sound.

Chris Finney - Stags

Back to main stage for Sumo Cyco. A female fronted punk metal band from Canada. They had a lot of energy on stage and the crowd really enjoyed their set. This was a band I had never heard of and wasn’t too sure what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed their set which included “Like a Killer” and “Go Go Go”. A couple of new “Cyco’s” gained, that’s for sure!

Back to Verona were up next on the second stage, a five piece band playing good Rock n Roll in their hometown. As a relatively new band they are very likeable, their music doesn’t seem to stick to one genre and I think this makes them even more appealing. Be sure to check out their debut single “Every Other Time”, this went down a treat live!

Danny Wilkinson - Back To Verona

The Dirty Youth up next on the main stage, a female fronted five piece band from South Wales. The Dirty Youth have a rock-pop-punk sound and the crowd really enjoyed this unique sound with “Crying Out For You” and a Blondie cover “Atomic” The band had great enthusiasm and energy on stage.

The crowds were really starting to pick up now and it was back to the second stage for Silverjet, a three piece heavy rock band from Sheffield. With songs “Hell Yeah” and their next single “Don’t You Know Who We Think We Are” they had a great set.

Liam 'Pais' Hill - Silverjet

The well-dressed guys from Tax The Heat were next up on the main stage, a bluesy four piece from Bristol. Treating us to the new single “Some Sympathy”, which I am sure is going to do well if the crowd’s reaction was anything to go by. Finishing their set with their last single “Highway Home” you can see why these guys had the pleasure of supporting Thunder in their last tour.

Antonio Angotti - Tax The Heat

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Skarlett Riot

Pre-Gig Interview

The Cavern Exeter 16th July 2013

Not only was I lucky enough to get to see Heaven’s Basement on their recent tour (many nights were sold out), but I was also fortunate enough to grab a few words with Skarlett, Danny, Tom and Luke from opening act Skarlett Riot, who are going down a storm on this tour, promoting their superb debut album ‘Tear Me Down’.

I was a little apprehensive after reading the PR blurb about them being ‘full of confidence’, etc. I’ll admit, I read it as ‘cocksure’. In the event, we had an easy-going, friendly chat away from the noise and hubbub of sound check. After the introductions, I started by asking how Skarlett Riot came about.

Danny – “We grew up just down the road from each other in Scunthorpe. We’ve been in bands together since… 2006?… As a covers band.” almost apologetically.

Nothing wrong with that. (I was in a covers band, and loved every bloody minute of it!).

Skarlett – “It’s a great way to find your feet, learn the ‘craft’ of performing, and learn about each other”
Danny – “…and it led to Skarlett Riot in 2010, all still original members!”

Skarlett Riot

I have to get it out of the way, and I decide to drop The ‘P’ bomb! Any female-fronted melodic modern rock band is likely to draw comparisons to Paramore… Skarlett rolls her eyes. “Bugger! This is going to go frosty, quickly”, I’m thinking. Bravely, I look again, and she’s got a smirk on her face. Phew!

Danny – “To be fair, they’re not a bad band to be compared to. They’re doing all right,aren’t they?”

Having listened to the album (and the earlier ‘Villain’ EP), I can see why the comparison might irk a little. Peel away the superficial similarities, and you’ll find Skarlett Riot are a completely different beast. Unfortunately, lazy pigeonholing means the comparison has been made before, and probably will again.

Skarlett Riot.

I ask how the album is doing…

All – “Yeah, Really well…”, they agree, smiling and nodding.
Danny – “We’ve had some great reviews from some of the top mags. It been great.” I still like the whole concept of listening to a new album, of taking the journey with the band – Danny agrees.

So, was the album recorded as ‘an album’?

Skarlett – “We chose the tracks for the album on each songs merits as a potential single. We don’t do album ‘filler.”
Danny – “We had some more ideas for songs almost straight after the album launched.”
Skarlett – “ooh… We’ve got a few corkers, there.”

Any chance of sampling the new stuff?

Skarlett – “Yeah. There’s one tonight, actually. Third song in.”
Danny- “It’s a bit more of a return to our earlier ‘heavier’ side. If you listen to the difference between the ‘Villain’ and ‘Tear Me Down’, the album is definitely ‘softer.”

Was that a conscious decision?

Danny – “No. Not at all.”
Skarlett – “With the album, we locked ourselves away and jammed it through from scratch, song by song. Those songs are a product of where we were, at that time. I thinks it’s our best material yet.” No arguments from this corner.

Danny – “The pressure of a self-imposed deadline seems to have brought out the best in us.”

Some bands debut album is a collection of songs that have been honed and worked over a number of years.

Skarlett – “I think you can over-work a song. We’ve been guilty of that before,and we’ve just ended up scrapping it all together.”
Danny – “We wrote a song a week, and recorded it a song a day. We’re very happy with how it turned out.”
Skarlett – “It’s kept the energy. Caught us in a moment”
Danny – “I mean, we could’ve gone the Def Leppard route, which,don’t get me wrong,still sounds fantastic…”

Skarlett does a pantomime ‘secret point’, and mouths “Def Leppard fan!” Eeewwwww! (I’m kidding!)

Danny stops, regroups, rethinks…

Danny – “Yeah, the 80’s influenced me…”, Skarlett, too, as it turns out. I also learn that the rhythm section, Luke (drums) and Tom (bass) are more into, and I quote, ‘the screamo, heavy stuff.’

Skarlett Riot..

I turn my attention to the tour.

Danny – “It’s been rammed!”
Skarlett – “Near enough sold out each night. Amazing!”
Danny – “The crowds have been really up for it too.”
Luke – “There’s been a really good vibe, both from the stage, and from the crowds. I think you need to throw some energy out there initially, and we’ve found,particularly on this tour, the crowds are giving it back… And then some!”

There’s been a lot of hot, sweaty shows?

Tom – “Yeah… and there’s not even respite in the van! We’ve got no air con, and a dodgy window!”
Skarlett- “We practically melted traveling down here to Exeter!”

So what’s left on this tour?

Skarlett – “We’ve got a couple of sold out London shows. We’re main support for those.”
Danny – “The numbers we’ve seen at the gate is a great result in these times, when money’s tight, and there’s so much competition. We’ve noticed a broad age range too, which is great.”
Skarlett – “Yeah, the younger gig goers spread the word through social media, and the older fans buy the merch!” she laughs.
Danny – “Any way the word gets around, we’ll take that.”

And after this tour, what’s in the immediate future for Skarlett Riot?

Danny – “Well, we’ve got School’s Out Festival, a headline tour towards the end of the year, and Hard Rock Hell at the end of November.”

Main stage?

Danny – “Who knows…”
Skarlett – “That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?” winks and smiles….and a future album?

Skarlett – “We’ve got nothing fixed yet, but we’re bouncing ideas around.:
Danny – “Yeah, we’ve got a few ideas on the back burner.”

On the strength of what I’ve heard so far, that can only be good news. We sidle back into the venue, where it’s getting close to showtime. The band do their final prep, and I stake my claim to a spot, front and center.

Bring the noise! I’ve got a good feeling about tonight…

Interview and Photography by Rob Nankivell (Shoot Plymouth)