Album Launch Party, 26th September 2015
The Tower Brewery was a unique venue for THEIA’s album launch party – a working brewery with an array of ales to choose from, a small stage and four rock bands, what more could you ask for?
Kicking off the night’s entertainment were “Quiet The Thief”, formed in 2014 by Stig and Norbert after their band at the time decided to call it a day. Guitarist and friend Neil joined and then Gaz to play bass. The four piece are a hard, aggressive rock band from Stoke-on-Trent. They made a great first impression and warmed up the crowd playing songs from their first EP including the current single “Slow Running Train”, a heavy, dirty blues song with great solid riffs and melodies.
Next on stage was Children Lost in Time, formed in 2013 this four piece from Nuneaton are pure British metal and turning the sound up a notch were very loud. “Serious stuff, not taken too seriously” is Children Lost in Time’s captivating and endearing trademark. They had an amazing energy on stage which obviously showed to the crowd as they too enjoyed the heavy, loud sound especially “Break The Gates”.
Up next were Torous, a three piece Celtic hard rock band from Birmingham. GMT, Marc and Tom describe themselves as “three mammals from Birmingham and aspects of infinite consciousness. Here you will find music in the form of Celtic Hard Rock, traditional music from these (and not so distant) lands blended with the music of our childhood – Hard Rock & Metal”. Torous unfortunately had a few technical difficulties with the sound, or more so the lack of it, as you could not hear Marc too well. But they carried on regardless and after a few songs in, it was all sorted and we heard the true Torous sound. Playing songs from their first EP including the title track “Dried Bones”, they have a very unique sound which works and the crowd agreed with plenty of foot tapping and head banging. Definitely a band I want to see more of!
And finally, what we had all been waiting for, THEIA! Founded in 2012, are a hard rock three piece band from Burton-Upon-Trent. With their current line-up being a feature since 2014, Kyle, Paul and John gave it their absolute all! With the crowd warmed up from the previous three bands, Theia kept the party going, playing their debut album “Take The Pill” from start to finish including the bands favourite to perform “Electric Witness”.
As we started to get to the end of the album, out came the inflatables and whilst they played the debut single “Ride On”, out came Kyle to rock with the crowd.And finally the crowds favourite “Whoop Dee Fucking Doo”. Thinking it’s all over, oh no they carried on with a few covers but in their own style.
A great version of “Footloose” and an even better “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”. Not many can pull off Darkness but Kyle did it proud.The lads have an absolutely amazing energy on stage and you can really tell they are enjoying what they do and this rubs out into the crowd.
A good night is guaranteed if you get chance to see these guys!
Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.