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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)

The Treatment

Rock City Nottingham 10th October 2014.

Tonight’s gig was a pretty exciting one for me, as those crazy rockers from the land of Oz were over here touring with Buffalo Summer and The Treatment, which is the first time, that I’m aware of, since I reviewed their fabulous new album “Full Throttle” and was only their fourth ever show in this country. I go into more depth about them, as a band and the album itself in that review.

Having only heard the album and read the reviews, I was eager to see how Massive performed on the live stage, as, lets face it, that’s were the music really matters. Surprisingly they were on first, which must have been an odd feeling for them too as they are usually the main attraction back home in Australia and it showed.

Let me tell you, these guys were rocking from the get go! The whole set consisted of tracks from the new album, which didn’t matter non, as I think the album is a great body of work from start to finish. The band kicked off with ‘Burning the Sun’, then went on to do ‘Hollywood’, ‘Lacey’, ‘Dancefloor’, ‘Ghost’, ‘One by One’ then finished with ‘Now or Never’. In true Australian fashion, fashioned by those nut cases Airbourne, we had plenty of beer drinking on and off the stage and at one point Brad Marr, Massive’s vox man managed to climb onto the Basement Bar, thrash out a few riffs, down someone else’s pint, throw the empty plastic pint cup at me, whilst I was trying to take a picture, then jump back onto the stage for the next song.

Brad Marr - Massive

I’ll be honest, these guys know how to work a crowd and have a party whilst doing so. I appreciated axe man, Ben Laguada posing throughout the set as it really did make for an awesome picture. Aidan Mc Garrigle was more of a shy creature, opting to hide behind his hair throughout most of the set, but I did mange to capture him busting out some moves. On drums we have a stereotypical Aussie look-a-like, surfer dude, Jarrod Medwin, who is super good looking and very charismatic sat behind his kit. I’ll say this about Brad, what he lacks in height, he makes up for in his larger than life personality, which stands tall! He is actually taller in the flesh!! An awesome set, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so, afterwards I was ready to go home, as anyone else playing the stage was going to have a really hard time matching that MASSIVE performance, over to you then Buffalo Summer! P.S Massive did suggest they may be back in the UK in 2015 during the festival season, so watch out for them appearing next summer!

Massive

I first saw the adorable Welsh bunch, Buffalo Summer, when they played on Metal Hammer’s first “Lord of the Riffs” tour, which, after seeing them play, again at Rock City’s basement bar, made me fall in love with this band instantly. They do exactly what they say they do, which is feel good rock and roll. As the guys have been touring with Massive and The Treatment, I feel tonight’s performance was a slightly more elevated affair from that first encounter. Having two very energetic bands on the bill, has surely helped them to up their onstage persona to maintain people spirits through their set. To do this, we had four very energetic and entertaining buffalo’s on that stage.

Andrew Hunt - Buffalo Summer

Andrew (vox) posed for the camera’s, which is a rare occurrence at any show, if you ever read this though Andrew, shoving your face straight down the camera’s lens, in low light, isn’t easy to fix focus on and capture, but I did appreciate the gesture. Darren the bass king was in high spirits and he too elevated to new heights and climbed onto the bar for a bit of a bass solo, his horns were being flashed a plenty. Jonny Williams, on guitar was an absolute monster with his axe tonight, hence why they were on the Lords of Riff tour, a pure genius, who was relishing his time on the stage, which is always nice to see. Brother and drummer Gareth Hunt was also very energetic and seemed to be loving performing for us all tonight. I haven’t got long to wait before I see these guys again, as the next opportunity will be in November, at Hard Rock Hell 8 in North Wales, which isn’t too far for these guys to travel, so see you there, you lucky, lucky people!

Jonny Williams - Buffalo Summer

Headliners tonight were “The Treatment” from Cambridge. At first, when they all took to the stage, I though I was on the set of Grease and was gearing up for a showdown with the T-Birds gang, but thankfully the band started playing and I remembered where I was, phew, back on track. All five members are strapping young lads which helped to explain the scantily clad rock chicks, or is that the pink ladies, in the crowd screaming their heads off……..disgusting behaviour, but all good fun and was reminiscent of the days of old, when swagga, style and rock n roll music was a lifestyle choice not a sub genre. Having a 22,000+ following on their Facebook page, these guys are really kicking up a storm amongst the younger generation.

Matt Jones - The Treatment

Lead singer Matt Jones reminded me of Sisters of Mercy singer Andrew Eldritch, with his mirrored Aviator shades, but that’s where the similarities ended. The rest of the band consists of Dee Dammers – guitar, Tagore Grey – guitar, Dhani Mansworth – Drums and Rick Newman – bass. To describe their sound, I’d have to go with AC/DC definitely (but only as far as a style and similarity in music goes) and as far as my own personal taste goes, I couldn’t really get on-board with them but I know many people do like these guys and I certainly respect what they are doing. I have listened to both their albums, ‘This Might Hurt’ and ‘Running With Dogs’ many times, the latter being my preferred choice out of the two, which was only released this year. As they are maturing, their music is becoming more palatable, so there is hope for me yet! Until next time music fans, stay crazy.

The Treatment

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Treatment

HRH7

And the interviews just keep coming! This time Mark Lloyd catches up with  Matt Jones & Dhanni Mansworth from The Treatment.

ML: Hi guys, thanks for talking to us today. How was the set?
MJ: It was really good man, we’re really happy. There was a really good turnout.
DM: It was full capacity for us especially at one o’clock.
MJ: Yeah we were expecting half full, maybe three quarters full, but it was packed. Couldn’t get any more people in.
ML: Ah well if you listen to the reaction when certain bands were mentioned, you guys were one of the ones to watch.
MJ: Really? Great stuff!
ML: Yeah we saw you guys open for Steel Panther a couple of years ago and for us, we had to find out who you guys were. It’s not very often a support group gets that much of reaction. You got everyone into it from the moment you walked on stage.
MJ: It was a really good tour for us actually

ML: To be fair, you’ve had some pretty epic tours so far. I mean Kiss, Motley Crue….
DM: That was amazing; we couldn’t believe how we got on that tour. Basically Nikki Sixx, God knows how, found our video for Drink, F*ck, Fight posted it on his Twitter and played the track on Sixx Sense. It got such a good reaction that they decided to put us on the tour with them & Kiss. That was literally how it happened.
MJ: The biggest fluke ever!
DM: We had no idea. We found out on Twitter! Nikki Sixx just announced “I’d just like to let everyone know that The Treatment will be joining us on tour”.
MJ: We were literally in the back of the van coming back from the Glasgow Steel Panther show and it was like “Are we seeing this, is this real”?! It was just unreal.

ML: How do the tours differ between the US and here?
DM: It’s unreal
MJ: It’s a different thing entirely.
DM: We had a full tour bus with eight bunks and we couldn’t believe it.
MJ: We were more comfortable on the bus than we are at home.
DM: We had the opportunity to sleep in hotels but none of us wanted to leave the bus.
MJ: I think we stayed in five hotels the whole time we were out there.
DM: We had a flat screen TV, Air conditioning, wifi, just everything you could possibly need. It was like a house.
MJ: We’re back in a transit now though

ML: Is there a broken wing mirror?
MJ: We’ve had to rent this one so it’s alright
DM: Our one’s a mess! We’ve had to have it gutted recently because the whole floors rotted through basically. The front passenger seat is so much lower than it should be!

ML: So how’s the tour with Airbourne?
MJ: We’ve done one date so far but it’s really really good! We’re not competitive but we’ve really got to keep up with them. We try and raise the bar that little bit more.

ML: What’s your funniest moment so far?
MJ: We had a funny moment with Joel before the tour. We supported Status Quo and on the last day, he and Ryan came to the show. They were buying T shirts and we were like “That’s Joel & Ryan from Airbourne, we should really get a picture for Facebook”. So we called them over, took the photo and started chatting and Joel, who’d clearly been drinking at this point. We said that they should join us for the party in the VIP bar afterwards. He said yeah, but then he & Ryan pretty much had a punch up in front of us.
DM: I think Ryan wanted to go back to the hotel but Joel wanted to carry on drinking. So we left them arguing and went over to the VIP bar and when we got there, Joel was already there!
MJ: He beat us to it! So the night carried on and we ended up taking him back to the hotel in our van singing ACDC songs. It was great.

ML: We were obviously going to move on to worst moments but I think with recent events you guys have had some pretty low moments
MJ: yeah the last couple of weeks have been hard
DM: We had two weeks to find a new guitarist and teach him the songs. It was a pretty savage time for us ‘cuz Ben had been with us for seven years, but his Dad became terminally ill so he decided that he wanted to spend the last few months with him.

ML: So has Jake (Pattinson) fitted in well already?
MJ: Yeah he’s slotted in really nicely. He’s a good player, he’s a good guy, he’s young so a similar age to us. Everything ended amicably with Ben.
DM: There’s no ill feeling it was just an awkward situation. The last thing we could have done at the point was to cancel the tour. It was just way too late in the day.
MJ: I was even trying to learn the guitar parts so we could carry on.
DM: There was even the suggestion that my Dad who plays guitar and produces us was going to stand at the side of the stage and play. Eventually though, we had to announce it so we wrote it on our facebook and within a day we had 150 guitar players say they wanted to do it. We saw Jake and he had the right image so we asked him.

ML: How did you narrow it down?
MJ: We asked for youtube videos of them playing. They needed to be a similar age, able to play, the right attitude. We had a couple of guys audition that were great players but they weren’t convincing. We wanted someone to come in and be like “let’s do this!” and that’s exactly what Jake did. He fits in, he’s got a warped sense of humour.

ML: Has he moved in yet?
MJ: Yeah pretty much
DM: He’s spent the last two weeks at our house

ML: Does it work all under the same roof?
DM: It’s the only way to do it. If you look at bands like ACDC, Metalica, Def Leppard, The Sex Pistols, they all lived together.
MJ: We’re all the best of friends and we gel together.
DM: We’re a family.

ML: Do you have moments where you want to kill each other?
MJ: Of course yeah! You can’t live together and not have arguments
DM: It’s like any family.
MJ: There’s a bit of arguing about the end of the toilet roll and who gets the next roll. There are a few people in our house that leave an empty roll! We need to catch them in the act and put a camera in the loo. No wait that’s a bit wrong!

ML: So for anyone who doesn’t know about you yet, how would you describe yourselves?
DM: A young energetic rock band.
MJ: We come from the old school like ACDC and that kind of stuff.
DM: The whole reason we do what we do is to go out and have fun. We hang out with our fans and stuff. There are people who have followed this band for the last four years and we just hang around and have a beer with them.
MJ: It’s like meeting up with old friends. We’re all in it because we like rock n roll music and the guys watching aren’t any different than the guys playing the music.
DM: It’s those people that are getting us where we are. Without people coming to see us and buying our merch, we wouldn’t get to the next show.
MJ: We want to show our appreciation for that.

ML: You guys seem to have skyrocketed out of nowhere really. Is that the reality?
MJ: Yeah pretty much. It’s gone crazy for us really.
DM: I think it will get a lot crazier when the second album comes out.
MJ: We’re so proud of it.
DM: If anyone liked the first album they’re gonna be amazed by the second one.
MJ: We don’t want to sound big headed, but we’re so, so proud of it
DM: When we recorded the first album I was 17. The difference between then and now going on tour with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Motley Crue, you’re just gonna improve without even realising. When we got into the studio the second time around it just came so much more naturally to us.

ML: Have you encountered any kid of negativity because of your ages?
DM: In the early days, no one took us seriously.
MJ: People saw us as more of a boy band cuz we were so young and fresh faced but we’ve all grown up now. I can grow a beard!
DM: Thing is, people say we’re young and we’re babies and stuff but there are people in their thirties that I can guarantee wouldn’t be able to handle being in a van with us. We don’t have regular sleep or eat properly. People criticise bands, but when people are doing it for the little money that there actually is now, it’s hard. So I think any band that’s out there at the moment deserves some respect.

ML: Have you guys got your eye on any up and coming bands that are around at the moment?
MJ: We’re on tour next February with Cage the Gods.
DM: The Jett Black boys are really good.
MJ: We’re on the same label so we know the guys really well. Four Wheel Drive are really good too and they’re a similar kind of thing.
DM: Buffalo Summer are always good too.
MJ: There are a few bands starting to do stuff now that are really good.
DM: There’s definitely more of a scene now.
MJ: It’ll only take one band to break through to carry the rest
DM: At the minute all the kids are just trying to be Asking Alexandria, which has its place, but when you see so many bands that have the same image you lose track of who’s who. Thing is with classic rock bands, everyone has a character. Like Black Spiders, you know every one of those guys. I just think that there just needs to be one of us to break through and the rest will surge through and the whole scene will just skyrocket! The whole kind of hardcore metal scene is so viral on the internet; the classic rock side just gets overlooked a lot.

ML: 2014 looks like a really busy year for you guys. Headline tour, new album and a new single. Any ideas which one you’re going to release first?
MJ: I think it’s going to be “I Bleed Rock n Roll” cuz we’ve just released the video for that, but then it could be “Emergency”. We haven’t decided for definite. The album should be out February time to coincide with the tour.
DM: Every song on the album is as strong as the next one

ML: Is the tour UK only or are you venturing over to Europe?
MJ: UK at the moment but we’re hoping to try Europe as well, but again we don’t know completely yet.
DM: The last headline show we did we had half of the crowd on the stage with us. They do get pretty messy. When we’re allowed to put on the full show we like to get the audience up but obviously when it’s someone else’s show you can’t really do that.
MJ: When it’s someone else’s show obviously the crowd are mainly there to see them, but on our own shows it literally goes crazy!

ML: Well we won’t hold you up any longer but thanks so much for talking to us and thanks for a great show.
MJ: Thanks for having us.
ML: We’re looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham next year.
MJ: Make sure you come and say hello, it’s been a pleasure.

The Treatment

Interview and Photograph by Mark Lloyd (Amplified Gig Photography)