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.
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!
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 (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!
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.
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.
Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)