With support from Time of the Mouth.
Kidderminster Town Hall 6th November 2014.
Time of the Mouth opened the evening. Comprising vocalist and guitarist Chris Jones, drummer Carl Browne and bass guitarist James Chatfield, this young band have a sort of feral power and melodic prowess about them.
Formed in 2010, this original, indie/alternative three piece from Kidderminster drove through an energetic set where their individual influences of Rock, Reggae, Indie, Punk and Funk shined through.
Kidderminster Town Hall has a rich history of live music. This grand old Victorian building has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Tom Jones, The Kinks and U2 grace the stage. Vault of Eagles took to the stage for their hometown debut headline gig and quickly showed a confident stage presence that would not look out of place alongside the great rock acts that have gone before them.
The edgy, grunge-fuelled, raw sound of the opening songs shows that the three-piece outfit that is VoE commands your every attention at each turn of the beat and demonstrates how they stand apart from the manufactured and uniform mainstream music acts of today. An excellent tribute to their rock influences came in the form of the 1972 hit ‘In a Broken Dream’ by Australian rock band Python Lee Jackson. This haunting rock classic fitted in well with the VoE repertoire.
A nice twist to the evening came half-way through the set when VoE showed the extent of their talents by completing a great acoustic set, joined on stage by the equally talented Deborah Rose, Lindsay Farrell and Tom Callinswood. But it was not too long to wait before VoE were back with their trademark dirty psychedelic riffs that eat deep into your soul.
The band were cheered back on stage for an impromptu encore that included the face melting ‘Bleed’. VoE are Mari Randle (Guitars, Lead Vocals), Hetty Randle (Bass, Harmonies) and Scott Ewins (Drums, percussion), and have recently released their latest single ‘Spoonfed Dead’ on limited edition 7’’ vinyl.
Review and Photography by Stephen Turner.