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Stone Broken

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 12th November 2016.

I think it’s fair to say that this evenings event is going to be quite a special one, as the growing buzz in the music scene around the up and coming band Stone Broken really has given them wings, and boy oh boy, here we have a band who are most definitely set to fly.

Tonight’s line up also includes three other rather excellent bands and getting this evenings event underway were Wicked Stone, who hail from the south east area of Kent. Wicked Stone sit sweetly within the southern style hard rock genre and have a melodic sound akin to that of Black Stone Cherry, which was a perfect match with tonight’s audience. Given that the band only formed last year, their ability and achievements together are impressive and based on their performance tonight, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from them in times yet to come.

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Next up and fresh from their success at Hard Rock Hell, were the Glasgow based band Mason Hill who are definitely another of the up and coming young bands to watch out for. The stand out aspect for me about the bands set tonight was the level of energy that they put into their performance as from my privileged position in the photo pit, the adrenaline which poured off that stage was quite astounding. Mason Hill are a great band to see live and I highly recommend that you do.

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With just one final band set to play before our headliners took to the stage, The Slade Rooms was looking just about full to the rafters so it was amidst some mighty loud cheers and applause, that our penultimate band of the night Trucker Diablo took to the stage.

Trucker Diablo have been rocking the sound waves hard since 2008 and have the kind of history that can’t fail to impress with previous highlights for the band including supports with giants such as Foo Fighters, Terrorvision and Thin Lizzy to name only a few. That being said, these guys are no strangers to outstanding headlining performances in their own right, so seeing them here tonight was a bit of a treat in itself! From the first song to the last, Trucker Diablo and The Slade Rooms rocked and it’s always a pleasure to see a band and audience connect like that, as it’s that kind of atmosphere which captures the spirit of live music and making tonight’s set from the band, something pretty special to witness.

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The past three years have seen Stone Broken’s popularity grow at an incredible rate and the fact that tonight’s audience was over 500 strong in numbers marks that fact well. And even though you could pretty much classify this as a hometown gig for the band, some of The Broken Army fans had travelled quite a distance to be here which gives an impressive indication of the growing interest that Stone Broken are currently generating across the UK.

For me, the magic of Stone Broken comes very much from the band members themselves. During the past three years I have seen Rich, Robyn, Kieron and Chris raise their own bar at every opportunity and never give anything less than 110%. With this firm focus now combined with the management of Peter Keevil, Stone Broken are turning their dreams and aspirations into reality and this undoubtedly is quite awesome to see.

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And tonight, that focus was firmly fixed on making this an occasion to remember, with the bands energy and enthusiasm being completely addictive to watch.

Tonight’s set list saw Stone Broken’s debut album ‘All In Time’ played in it’s glorious entirety, which made for a very happy audience indeed. In addition to that, we were also privy to a sweet little taster of what album number two might sound like, in the form of two new tracks titled ‘Other Side Of Me’ and ‘Just A Memory’.

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Stone Broken really are one of the brightest lights amongst up and coming new music and I really do recommend you go and see them live. The band are set to tour UK and Europe with Glenn Hughes in January/February 2017 so make sure to check their Facebook Page or website for details of where, when and how to get tickets!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

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O2 Academy2 Birmingham 30th July 2016.

As far as having the chance to attend a rather special live music event goes, tonight’s show at The O2 Academy2 looks set to epitomise all things great within the local music scene. Our headlining band Stone Broken are currently flying very high indeed and with support tonight coming from Theia, Cower Hounds and Sonata Fall, there is every reason to expect this event to be one of a kind!

Starting the night’s music off and in fine form too, were the Staffordshire based band, Sonata Fall. With influences such as Alter Bridge and Tremonti shinning through within their song writing style, the vocals of Justin Reeves certainly worked their magic with the duel attack of razor sharp guitars, courtesy of Alex Dutton and Andy Burns. The band currently have an EP out titled ‘Gravekeeper’s Lantern’ which I can wholeheartedly recommend checking out and for details of how to get a copy of this, just hop on over and check out the bands Facebook page.

Justin Reeves - Sonata Fall

Our next band on stage who were just as fearless as ever and a firm favourite of mine, were the Cower Hounds. For a band comprising of only three musicians, these guys have a huge sound and an energy to match and it was that aspect of their set tonight that delivered the wow factor for me. It was also great to stand amongst the audience and hear the comments which were being made about the band so I’m sure they picked up a few new fans tonight! If you’ve not seen the Cower Hounds live before, then you really do need to.

Paul Reynolds - Cower Hounds

Tonight’s line up really was a match made in heaven with our main support being none other than Theia! I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing this band grow and evolve over the years and tonight’s set marked the next new chapter for me, as this was my first opportunity to catch Jake Dalton on drums. I have to say that it was also quite a buzz to finally see the band on a stage the size of the O2 Academy2 as a live Theia performance is never a quiet or subdued affair and tonight their gifted ability to rock an audience absolutely shone!

Kyle Lamley - THEIA

The last few months have brought a hive of activity and success for our headlining band Stone Broken and tonight’s gig at The O2 Academy 2 was anticipated as being one of a kind as not only had it been upgraded to Hall 2 due to selling out Hall 3 in a very short time span, but tonight’s event also comes following the wave of celebrations for the bands signing of a record deal with Frontiers Music.

As the band took to the stage amidst the warmest of West Midlands welcomes, their was an atmosphere akin to a triumphant home coming which set the mood for the entirety of the Stone Broken’s set.

Chris Davis - Stone Broken

With the note perfect vocals of Rich Moss and outstanding guitar and bass work of Chris Davis and Kieron Conroy accentuating tracks such as ‘Stay All Night’, ’Better’ and ’Not Your Enemy’, it was clear to see how and why the bands popularity is growing as fast as it is but for me, it was the amazing talent of Robyn Haycock on drums that I found the most captivating as tonight, we were privileged to witness one of the most impressive drum showcases to be seen outside of a stadium.

Robyn Haycock - Stone Broken

Given the calibre of the bands set and entire performance this evening, I would have expected it to be damn near impossible to identify one particular highlight that stood out above all others but hand on heart, I’m so very happy to have been proved wrong in that thought. As all those familiar with the tracks on the bands debut album ‘All In Time’ will know, there is one particular rock ballad which stands firmly in the same league as many of the timeless greats and tonight’s acoustic version of ’Wait For You’, made a memory not to be forgotten.

Rich Moss and Kieron Conroy - Stone Broken

And the lasting memory came not just from it’s perfect performance but from the moment of revelation on the bands faces as The Broken Army jumped in and sang the chorus back to the band – and when an army of some four hundred plus people does that with such feeling, that memory is a keeper.

If you ever hear anyone saying that nothing will ever come of being in a band and dreaming big, just point them in the direction of Stone Broken as these guys and gal are well on the way to proving that combined with hard work, dreams can and do come true!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Stone Broken

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th December 2015.

Tonight see’s months of hard work all come together for Stone Broken, with the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’ and with support from Cause To Effect, My Great Affliction and Lightfire, this is most definitely a night that is not to be missed.

Getting things off to a fine and dandy start for the early evening crowd were Wolverhampton’s very own, Cause To Effect. I had the pleasure of first seeing this band back in October and given their feel for melodic harmonies and rich guitar riffs, they were a great addition to tonight’s line up. Do check these guys out over on Facebook as I’m sure we are going to be hearing a lot more from them in 2016!

Dan Harris and Ged Green - Cause To Effect

My Great Affliction have been noticeable by their absence in recent months, so tonight’s set from the band was a most welcomed addition by me. These guys never fail to deliver some substantial rock ‘n’ roll and frontman Ste Gough is always quite the character on stage. It was great to hear some new songs from the band aswell and I believe My Great Affliction will be heading off to the studio in the new year to do some recording, so that is definitely something to look forward to!

Ste Gough - My Great Affliction

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a festive jumper or four on stage and despite the heat under the Slade Rooms lights, our penultimate band of the evening Lightfire, were just the right guys to make this point. Lightfire’s set tonight was rammed to the brim with energy and their intense brand of full-toned rock certainly went down well with the audience – as did their version of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. I’m guessing that Lightfire picked up a few new fans tonight and quite rightly so, as their performance tonight was first class!

Lee Nightingale - Lightfire

With all three bands having done a mighty fine job tonight in supporting Stone Broken in the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’, the moment was finally upon us, as the band took to the stage amidst thunderous cheers from a packed out Slade Rooms. The smile on Rich Moss’s face spoke louder than any words ever could do and if ever memories could be captured and bottled, then I’m sure that that moment would definitely be a very much cherished one.

Rich Moss - Stone Broken

The official release date for ‘All In Time’ is 29th January 2016, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to hear the album played live and for those in attendance, the chance to also pick up an advance copy of it. This ten track little beauty collectively captures the ability within the band to write songs with blazing guitar riffs, vibrant drum/bass lines and poignant lyrics, with particular favourites of mine being ’Better’ and ’Another Day’, both of which earned some pretty enthusiastic audience approval tonight.

Kieron Conroy and Rich Moss - Stone Broken

Without any doubt at all, I can say that Stone Broken were outstanding tonight, as I felt that each band member took their individual and joint performances to a new level. Stage presence can be learnt but in my opinion, the foundations have to be strong in the first place and Stone Broken have never stood stronger than they did tonight!

Robyn Haycock - Stone Broken

Stone Broken and ‘All In Time’ made one hell of an impression tonight and I left the Slade Rooms feeling very excited for the band and the bright future that now awaits them.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.