Nottingham Trent Student Union Bar Nottingham 23rd November 2018.
With support from The Media Project and Conjurer, the latter of which continue on throughout the tours remaining dates. The night’s event took place at Nottingham Trent Student Union Bar, The Loft which is a new venue for us, although we did cover an Evil Scarecrow gig in the main hall once, which was fantastic! Although this particular venue is upstairs and has a slightly smaller capacity, it has everything a music fan could want. It’s intimate, close to the stage, with easy access to the bands who sold their wares and the sound was great. My only issue was there was no pit, the stage was low and lighting was a thick mix of reds and blues, which is a combination that fills me with dread but like I say, from the punters perspective, tonight’s show was a great experience.
First up were The Media Project and try as I may, I can’t find any information on social media about these guys! Not something I usually have a problem with these days, I must say! Anyhow, I did discover the band originate from London and consist of a vocalist/guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a rockabilly esq double bassist. As far as their sound and appearance, for that matter, I’d describe this band as very experimental, consisting of a real mixture of influences. I especially enjoyed the sound of the double bass, which gave them a very rich full sound and plenty of originality.
Next up were the mighty Conjurer, who I first saw at 2017’s Amplified Festival and on that occasion, they impressed me greatly and thankfully, tonight was no exception – if anything, they stepped it up a gear! Predominantly, these guys are a doom metal band, although some might say they’re more of an extreme progressive metal band, what’s the difference? If you’re a fan of early Mastodon, like me, then you have to check these guys out! Not to take anything away from the headliners, as they too are a fantastic band, but on the night, Conjurer literally blew me away!
So much power, so much energy and feeling with every note played. If I was to give any kind of constructive criticism, knowing the type of music they play and as a spectator, I couldn’t help feeling that certain songs could have been stretched out longer as I didn’t want them to end! I was so impressed with their performance tonight that I made full use of the intimate environment of the venue and actually approached the band, talked to them and get them to sign their debut LP, which I actually bought, with my own money! Superb!
Conan are an exceptional band in their own right and a band I was yet to see play live, until tonight that is. As these guys are signed to Napalm Records, I requested my media pass with my usual contact, who also offered me an interview with the band on the night. Sadly, that interview never materialised, nor did I receive confirmation that I could attend tonight’s show, which was very odd. Thankfully, Conjurers PR company did furnish me with the necessary pass, so I could witness these bands play, live.
Conan’s current UK wide tour is in celebration of the band’s latest release ‘Existential Void Guardian’ which continues in the same vain that this band are well known for. Following the raw energy of a band like Conjurer must be very difficult, but Jon, the bands guitarist/vocalist should know that, as he was stood to the side of the stage throughout the bands set and would have seen first-hand, the crowds reactions to Conjurer. The experience of that should have prompted Conan to step it up a gear but sadly not and although a great performance, Conan, for me, failed to show me why they were the headliners!
To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr!!
Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)