Zico Chain at the Slade Rooms,
Wolverhampton, 1st October 2013.
With support from Lonely The Brave, Liberty Lies and The Black Hounds.
A gloomy lit Slade Rooms was an understatement tonight.But this didn’t prevent a night of great music.The Black Hounds opened the night with a raw and gritty rock style.My first time seeing these guys,I liked their rock sound and they made a good first impression on my ears. Though only formed earlier this year,Hound members have served their rock apprentices with bands from around the local area and are definitely making their mark on the gig circuit.
Liberty Lies stormed onto the stage with no other intention than to drown the senses in pure rock. It’s been a long time since last seeing these guys, but they have gone from strength to strength. The band have built an excellent mature classic hard rock sound and also combined this with an intensely engaging live energy. Not only regularly completing their own headline tours, Liberty Lies have recently toured Europe with the likes of Shinedown and Halestorm.
Lonely The Brave currently have the music press singing their praises, with everyone from Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe and Daniel P Carter to magazines such as Kerrang! plugging them. After recently tearing up the stages at the Reading and Leeds festivals, the small staged intimate surroundings of the Slade Rooms showed off their huge sounding, grungy rock anthems to full effect. With a Pearl Jam-esque sound about them, big things lie ahead for these guys me thinks.
Headliners Zico Chain have a great raw energy about them. Not letting the guitar gremlins get the better of them, Zico started their set in a seemingly mild form, a lot less aggressive than when I have previously seen them. But as things progressed, they slowly descended into their trademark gritty, grungy rock rhythm, ripping through their set with riff after riff culminating in the heavy pumped up fury that is ‘Rohypnol’. Zico later posted that this was not one of their better nights. I disagree, the chants of ‘Zico! Zico !’ proved everyone left the gloomy venue thoroughly rocked out and witnessed music at its rawest and thus its best.
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner