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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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)