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Buckcherry

With support from The Treatment, Rocky Kramer and THEIA at The Robin 2 Bilston 9th November 2019.

We arrive at The Robin 2 in Bilston narrowly missing doors after finding out earlier that day, that times had been shifted back by 30mins. Outside the venue, there is little evidence of tonight’s event with only a handful of people smoking, huddled under the gazebo avoiding the relentless rain.

We collect our passes just in time to catch the start of Theia, a young hungry hard rock three piece from Burton, who kick open the night to a now steadily filling venue. They get things moving right from the off with the punchy ‘Throw Me A Bone’, a politically tinged rock and roll anthem that provides an insight into the mentality of the trio. Flaunting a combination of solid rock and roll grooves, soaring catchy choruses and charged lyrics, these guys play and write with a maturity beyond their years and had themselves a small but loyal following present in the crowd tonight, with Theia shirts visibly dotted throughout.

Frontman/guitarist, Kyle Lamley, holds the stage with a confident charisma, engaging and encouraging the audience throughout the set by continually addressing and involving them in the performance, which they responded well too. It’s worth noting the tightness of the rhythm section here, in part due to the fact that the current drummer has only been with them for four short months. Though if it hadn’t been mentioned during one of the many crowd interactions between songs, nobody in the room would have been any the wiser.

By their third track, ‘Just Go’, from the 2017 album ‘Back In Line’ the room had nearly filled up to capacity and by the next song, ‘Paper the House’, a bouncy and driven offering detailing the live gig experience, the band had firmly “got you by the balls”.

The set closes on ‘Whoop De F**king Do’ a lively, energetic and angsty, rock and roll anthem of anti-celebrity culture and anti-materialism, with an undeniably catchy chorus that the crowd are all to eager to join in with. All round, a solid offering from the young Burtonians, signalling themselves as a band to watch and the ideal choice to open up this night of hard rock.

The second act of the night was the American based Norwegian musician/composer/actor, Rocky Kramer and his band, the aptly named Rocky Kramer band, consisting of Matt Grossman on keys, Michael Dwyer on bass and Alejandro Mercado on drums.

Featuring an eclectic mix of 80’s tinged classic hard rock combined with symphonic arrangements, it was very hard to pin down the actual sound of this band. In between the hard-hitting rock sections, there were slow ballads and prog influenced instrumental sections that seemed slightly out of place in tonight’s hard rock driven soundscape.

Playing through tracks such as ‘Alcohol’ and ‘I Wanna Know’ Kramer did his best to connect with an audience whose interest was slowly waning. Unfortunately, the Norwegian born showman’s crowd interaction was as cheesy and off the mark as his set, with lines such as “this next song is for those with an attitude” falling flat on the audience. The set picked up slightly during the middle as the band leaned into a brief section of heavy metal, complete with thundering double kick, but this was short-lived and soon settled back down after.

Kramer struggled to hit the fine line between frontman and guitarist, compromising both in the process, with his falsetto vocals regularly offset by indulgent guitar lead work. The highlight of the set was the recently released ‘Rock Star’ which has had some airplay on the BBC. In another setting the band might have gone down better but after the intense well-crafted momentum created by the opening act, Kramer fell flat and his neoclassical prog tinged hard rock felt out of place.

Next up were the penultimate band of the night, Cambridgeshire’s hard rockers, The Treatment and this band are certainly no strangers to supporting major rock acts, having previously toured with the likes of Alice Cooper, Slash, W.A.S.P, Steel Panther and Thin Lizzy during their career.

The buzz for this band could be felt long before they took to the stage, with whispers and murmurs rippling throughout the bar and the outside smoking area in anticipation. As the ominous and atmospheric intro track played out from an empty stage, the crowd had already started wailing and cheering for the band. When they finally detonate out, they were met with the reaction you’d expect for an established touring headliner, which these guys will easily be given a few more years to grow their fan base. The band blend influences of AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Tesla to create their own distinct brand of high-octane classic rock, repackaged for the modern era. All of the elements of a true hard rock show were present and on display here, from intense driven riffs and huge choruses to powerful vocals, all performed with an undoubtable dynamism and showmanship. This is exactly what a rock band should sound and look like.

Guitarists Tegore and Tao Grey energetically bound around the stage laying down ever tastier licks and riffs, feeding off of each other and the crowd while bassist Rick ‘Swoggle’ Newman provided the meat of the sound, locking into drummer Dhani Mansworth’s thundering beats. Recent new addition, vocalist Tom Rampton, both sounds and looks like he’s been part of this band from the start and has already integrated and established himself, with his Bon Scott tinged vocals perfectly complimenting the auditory attack of the guitar driven sound.

Powering through material from 2019’s ‘Power Crazy’ interlaced with classic offerings from their back catalogue, the band firmly held the attention of the audience throughout the duration of the set and provided the perfect warmup for the main act of the night.

Now it was time for the band everybody was clearly here to see, the almighty Buckcherry, now two decades on in their career (though only vocalist Josh Todd remains from the original line-up.)

The band exploded onto the stage with a heavily cherried up cover of the 1990 Nine Inch Nails classic, ‘Head Like A Hole’ taken from their latest album, ‘Warpaint’, which went down a storm with the eager crowd and kicked things off properly. Whilst it’s relatively uncommon for a band of this magnitude to open with a cover, they pulled it off flawlessly as if were their own and their fresh funked up spin gave it that distinctive Buckcherry sound. With the whole room now firmly in the palms of their hands, the band proceeded to blitz through a career spanning set comprised of brand-new tracks, inter-weaved with nostalgic classics and masterfully executed covers.

Legendary frontman, Josh Todd’s unbounded and seemingly limitless energy was completely infectious and fueled the crowd into a frenzy that lasted throughout. Guitarists Stevie D and Kevin Roentgen owned their respective sides of the stage matching equal parts showmanship with musicianship, interacting with the audience and each other while bassist Kelly LeMieux and drummer Francis Ruiz locked down a solid slab of funky groove that had the whole place moving. The band were all on top form tonight and as air-tight as you would come to expect from a band of their calibre.

By the time they reached their classic debut single – ‘Lit Up’, the energy in the room had already reached fever pitch,  and everyone was now transported straight back to 1999, joining Josh in reliving his first night on the show. With everyone unquestionably along for the ride they knocked through the likes of ‘Somebody F**ked With Me’ and ‘Bent’. At this point in the set, Todd asked the audience for requests and we are treated to an impromptu cover of the Kenny Loggins 1984 classic, ‘Footloose’ which once again, whipped the crowd into a frenzy and got to whole of the venue moving front to back.

The set climaxed with the infamous ‘Crazy Bitch’ from hit album ’15’ and had the whole of The Robin 2 screaming along to every single word, with each ‘f**k’ shouted louder than the last one by the ravenous audience. This was clearly the song that everyone had been waiting for and it definitely showed. The show could very easily have ended there, but as an added bonus we are given an encore, another cover in the form of the 2013 Icona Pop hit, ‘I Love It (I Don’t Care)’ aptly altered to ‘say f**k it’. After a strong finish, the band said their thanks and goodbyes before guitarist Stevie D gave us one last spectacle by launching himself into the audience and crowd surfing on a sea of screaming fans! As the night drew to a close, we funneled our way out of The Robin 2, back into rainy Bilston and gained back the 20 years we managed to briefly shake off inside, this certainly isn’t California but for the duration of their set, it certainly felt like it.

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.

Review by Jamie Barker with Photography by Klare Sherwood

The Dead Daisies

With support from The Treatment and The Amorettes.
Rock City Nottingham 13th April 2018.

Gig day, yay! Two in two weeks, I’m being spoilt! To ensure the day went smoothly, as it’s Friday the 13th, I avoided any black cats and ladders which seemed to pay off! Traffic was a nightmare, as per usual but the sun was shining for a change, so I was in good spirits as I made my way to Rock City, for tonight’s show.

I’d known about tonight’s show for a while, since I attended HRH metal to be precise, as Claire over at Central Press PR, asked if I was interested in covering The Dead Daises, sure I said, seeing as it’s you! Un-be-known to me, these guys appear to be wining over the hearts and minds of classic rock fans all over the globe and have been since their formation in 2012 the brain child of guitarist David Lowy. The band are a musical collective created by a rotating line-up that has featured some of the best rock musicians on the planet. The band currently consist of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe/The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink)

More on those rock gods in a bit, before them though and warming us up tonight, we have two of Britain’s best up and coming bands to entertain us!

Getting things underway were those lovely ladies that call themselves The Amorettes, who are energetic and vibrant to watch, live. Their music rocks, although, every new track they produce, is starting to sound like previously released material, well to me anyway, but I’ve known of these three ladies for some time now and have covered them numerous times. As their popularity grows, so it would appear does their album chart position, which is pretty impressive when you consider their new album ‘Born to Break’ was only released a week ago! This tour will have given this band some great exposure to new fans aswell as existing fans too, which is great for them.

Next up, another band I’ve seen quite a bit of during my time doing this and they go by the name ‘The Treatment’ and during that time, I’ve seen a few personnel changes and tonight it would appear, they have a new vocalist, who replaces Mitch Emms and appears to be every bit as confident as his predecessors. According to Wikipedia, Emms fronted the band from 2015 to 2017 and replaced the founding vocalist Matt Jones.

After their hedonistic start and leading up to Matt’s departure, this band appeared to be destined for big things, having toured with the likes of Kiss, Slash, Motley Crew Steel Panther and Thin Lizzy, but are they only ever going to be a great support band? If tonight’s set is anything to go by, then the answer is no, as tonight they performed out of their skins and the crowd lapped it up. It would appear, the arrival of Tom Rampton, the bands new vocalist, has given this band a new found vigor and direction in which to venture. After tonight’s performance, I could see in them that desire they started out with, when they exploded onto the scene with their debut album ‘This Might Hurt’ back in 2011! The Treatment are back and fighting fit! Bring it on – I’m looking forward to see what they can produce.

The Dead Daisies then and it would appear that they harp back to the late 70’s – early 80’s rock bands, when the likes of Whitesnake, Journey, Europe and Def Leppard ruled the air waves, which is by no means a bad thing. As this music appeals to so many seasoned rockers out there of that generation, The Dead Daisies present the perfect reason to dust off the leather trousers and denim jackets and go out and have a few beers whilst giving everyone the chance to relive that era and for that, we thank you. I’m not sure if you’re aware of the term ‘Dad Rock’ personally, I prefer retro rock, as this term sounds a bit of an insult but it really isn’t, as it sums this type of rock and roll music up perfectly, but it does remind me of the type of music my dad listened to when I was as a kid. OOO the irony – I’m now grey, have a kid and love this type of music now as well! Yes, I finally fit a stereotype!

Now on their 4th album ‘Burn it Down’ which was released earlier this month, The Dead Daisies appear to be filling the air waves up with those classic rock sounds that we have all grown to love over the years and to celebrate, the band have embarked on an extensive world tour. Watch the official music videoRise Up‘ taken from the new album ‘Burn It down‘, smash the link for more information -> The Dead Daisies official website.

It was a busy night for the Daisies but they took it in their stride, which is a relief as 2018 appears to be a very busy year for the band and is a credit to them for all their hard work over the years. It was also a busy night for me and twelve other photographers in the pit but above all, a packed to the rafters Rock City, which certainly did that…. IT ROCKED! I loved it and what a great night of Rock and Roll. This band are proving Classic Rock is certainly current and doing well, as are the band.

It would appear, due to the overall resounding success of the band, Crystal Head Vodka have cottoned on to the bands popularity and have teamed up with them to support the tour. I actually own a bottle of the classic crystal head decanter, which is still unopened and will remain that way, as I hate vodka. I only bought it, because the owner is non other than Dan Aykroyd (and John Alexander) an actor from my childhood, who I greatly admire!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

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)