Witch Tripper

The Sitwell Tavern, Derby 08.04.17

Tonight was a United in Fuzz event, which is actually the brain child of Witch Trippers very own bassist, Chris Stoff Daughton, which I early learned tonight! I once thought the music scene in Derby, was non existent but tonight’s gig kind of proved me wrong, which I’m happy about. Many local bands, like Raptorgeist turned out to show their support.

Chris Stoff Daughton - Witch Tripper

First up, where another local band who go by the name, Lodestone, who I sadly missed. Anyone who knows me, knows I usually turn up for all the acts on a bill and I’m quite proud of that fact but sadly I missed these guys playing. When quizzed by the band later on, they seemed a little miffed by the fact I wouldn’t be giving them any exposure on our website etc. Truth is, I’ve never heard of these guys, even with them being a local band. If band’s want to get exposure, surely, they should do some homework, know who’s actively promoting bands and make themselves known? All I can do is apologise and hope to catch you at another event, soon!

Following them, where Sound of Origin from Huddersfield. I’ve been reliably informed, these guys are very much in their infancy, however they have a very good base to work from. My initial reaction was these guys reminded me of early Alice in Chains, thanks to the swagger and arrogance of the bands lead singer, John. The bands bassist, Jax, initially looked bored whilst playing his instrument but as soon as I got the camera out, he soon perked up! A solid performance all round and plenty of riffs! There was a particular track that got every bodies attention, sadly I didn’t catch the name of it, but I’ll be sure to try and re-discover it, somehow.

John Bussey - Sound of Origin

I’ve become quite close to the next band up tonight, Black Chapter. Although they too are a relatively new band, they haven’t wasted any time in getting out there to play shows and get known! Earlier today, I’d organised a bit of a promo shoot for the band, such as it is, with the nature of these things, it was fairly impromptu and we made do with some free space in a pub, in Derby. I’m still yet to look at those images, as I’ve been busy getting this review ready but look out for a shoot on the bands Facebook page, we hope anyway!

Darren Hadfield - Black Chapter

I’m familiar with the bands lead vocalist as he’s none other than Carl, who use to front the band Doomsday Outlaw. Since parting ways, this lyric master has been busy working along side Darren the bands guitarist, to form what we have before us today. After a few songs, I started to see a pattern emerging within this bands song structure, which reminded me of the likes of UFO, where you have some rousing guitar solo’s, which wows a crowd and looks good on camera. Well done lads, a band that’s listened to me, for once! I’m sure Darren will love the fact, I’ve just compared him to Michael Schenker!

Carl Batten - Black Chapter

Yes, it’s well known, the sound isn’t all that great at the Sitwell Tavern and I’m aware some bands struggle, but that said, the atmosphere is amazing and the lighting is better than some of the bigger music venues around! I hope to catch these guys again soon, somewhere with a better sound system, so I can hear them properly!

The headliners, Witch Tripper, by now should need no introduction, however, I’ll give them the benefit of doing so for anyone else on the planet, who has yet to see this amazing three piece, rock monster of a band, who hail from sunny Mansfield! Saying that, if you haven’t yet seen these guys play live, there’s a very good chance you might this year, as they are playing every show known to man, all except Bloodstock Festival which they’ve played the past two years in a row. First on the Jagermeister Stage and last year, on the New Blood Stage, as they successfully won the MTTM’s event, for this region. This event, has now moved from The Intake Club, which is now sadly no longer with us, so the competition now takes place at The Maze, in Nottingham. The only other festival Witch Tripper hasn’t played yet, at all, is Download, but the waves these guys are making currently within the rock and roll scene, it’s surely only a matter of time. Less we forget how full the New Blood stage was, back at Bloodstock!!!

Richie Barlow - Witch Tripper

Tonight, the guys played a number of new tracks soon to be released on a new album. One track, that struck a chord, with me, was ‘White Lines’ not for its lyrical subject, but more for its musical prominence!

And energy, WOW! You’d never know this band were a three piece as you so busy watching them bounce around, like loons, even Jimmy, the bands drummer gets in on the act! It’s also fair to say, he’s got some mad skills with those drum sticks – I was mesmerized watching him throw them around, yet maintaining his duties as the bands drummer!

Jimmy Collins - Witch Tripper

I can’t wait for the new album and I can’t wait to see these guys play live again soon, they really are a world apart! I’m now off to bed, as I’ve got a terrible disease and I’m likely to die from its causes. I jest, but I do feel like poo, so I’m off to bed!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)