The journey to Birmingham turned out to be quite a stressful time, what with traffic and other circumstances which were beyond my control. This resulted in arriving at the venue far too late, and missing out on the interview which had been planned. Once we were inside the venue though, it soon became clear that we were in for a good night.
Kicking off the night was Cenfora. All in all these guys did a great job, in particular the lead guitarist Jake Elwell who was a real showman. A great start to the gig. Next up were Tear It Down, who I have watched improve over the last few months, each performance looking more polished, and their confidence growing rapidly. An enjoyable set from Blade, Jesse, Jamie and Rhys.
Barbikan were oozing confidence and put on an impressive show. They seemed to have quite a following. This was the first time I’ve heard such a band, and it was overall quite enjoyable. I’m not sure that the ‘story telling’ type of material is my thing, but it seemed to fit them very well and the vocalist Greg Lisowski performed this very well. Slack Alice were a great band overall, giving an assortment of covers and their own material. The version of Smoke on the Water didn’t go so well, the vocalist seemed to forget words at one point, but he recovered by encouraging the audience to sing along. Slack Alice herself also got involved as you will see from the video.
Without Grace walked on stage giving the impression they were a shy bunch of lads……but then the music started and these guys smashed it with a high voltage performance. Every member of the band performed their hearts out, which made the night even more enjoyable. Great vocals from Dan Jones, and James West on bass was certainly one to watch throughout the set. TJ Weston put on an explosive performance which was supercharged from start to finish. I expect to see this young man go far. Lead guitarist Chris Jones also put on an excellent performance and showed off his talents in front of my camera. I’ve managed to pick up some excellent footage which I hope you will enjoy. This band is severely underrated in my opinion. They deserve to be getting bigger breaks with their gigs.
The evening turned out to be fantastic, with all of support acts stepping up to the plate and delivering a fairly strong start to the night. The strongest performances in my opinion were Without Grace (Obviously), Slack Alice and Tear it Down. I want to emphasize though, that all bands put on cracking performances, and there were no weak links.
Due to the pressure I’m under at the moment to deliver reviews for other media outlets as well as my blog, I am keeping this short and simple.
Venue Rating: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Gig Rating: 5/5
Many thanks to Without Grace for inviting us along.
Cenfora were confident and provided a great warm up for the evening, with guitarist Jake Elwell taking the limelight with his totally full on performance.
Second in the line up were Tear it Down, an awesome young 4 piece band from Willenhall.