Burton On Trent has historically been known for it’s famous brewing capabilities, that was up until February 2012 when three fine young guys broke out of  the cask with something far more refreshing – Theia!

Having watched, applauded and sung along loudly at many a gig of theirs, I now find myself here at The Roadhouse to see the new line up take to the stage for the first time in Birmingham and just as expected, the stage still holds no limits for Theia.

Kyle Lamley - Theia.

Seated at the drum kit tonight and raring to get started, was Theia’s new addition, John Tolley. John is a face familiar to many from his time with the Walsall based band, Bullitstorm and when it comes down to skill, enthusiasm and general all round rock ‘n roll fury, this has got to be a match pretty much made in heaven for the band!

John Tolley - Theia

Tonight’s rockin set list showcased Theia’s songwriting capabilities at its finest and included long time favourite of mine ‘We’re Alive’ and relative new comer to their repertoire ‘WHOOP-DEE-F***ING-DOO’, which is an anthem if ever I heard one!

John Tolley and Paul Edwards - Theia

All the enthusiasm and energy that Theia pack into a performance was very much evident at The Roadhouse tonight and at times, it seemed like the stage barely contained them. A quick peek around at the audience, saw a fair few happy fans enjoying the bands on stage presence along with the mischievous grin of Kyle Lamley. One thing for sure – Theia are a band who will definitely never be called boring!

John Tolley and Kyle Lamley - Theia

So what does the future hold next for Theia? Well judging by the gigs in their diary, they are in for a busy few months but September alone sees them at:

  • The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on the 19th supporting The Electric Boys
  • The Cross Keys in Cheadle on the 20th
  • The Diamond in Sutton In Ashfield on the 21st followed by
  • The Harp Restrung in Folkestone on the 27th.

To check out more gig dates for Theia throughout October, November and December, head on over to their Facebook page – you won’t be disappointed!


Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.