Once again, we found ourselves at the delightful Route 44 venue in Acocks Green, Birmingham, this time to review three bands we have never seen before, Third Angle Projection were the headliners, with support from Strike The Light, and Superhooch.
Greeted by promoter Nancy Harding, the night looked set to be a banger of a gig. Route 44 continue to promote upcoming, as well as established bands in the midlands area. Some notable names have refined their skills at this well known, genuine venue.
First up were Strike The Light, a three piece rock band from South Wales. We quickly found out that although first on, they were definitely worth a watch. Formed in February 2017, this Swansea based trio put on a strong opening performance for us at Route 44. A particular favourite from the set was their newly released single Black Gold. With a feel of old school rock to it, this track is set to make you rock out. By the mid point of this track they soon had the attention of the growing crowd, it’s definitely a blinding song from this relatively new band.
A quality opener that paved the way for a superb night. I would definitely pay to see these guys again. They have a seasoned style which was delivered via a very confident performance.
The single, Black Gold is available now. Visit the band’s facebook page here. The Rock Asylum rates this single 4/5 stars.
Next up were Superhooch, a Coventry based rock/blues foursome with an unusual mix of hyperactive, bluesy, stoner, garage rock psychedelia, this band certainly took their followers on a remarkable journey. With an additional performer, Azrael Quibilah for part of their performance, I have to say that her voice really changed the whole feel of the music.
I went from thinking, bloody hell I’m far too old to be listening to this, to oh wow this is awesome……..trippy…….but awesome. I especially enjoyed it when they started belting out the vocals, transforming it from a melodious track into a foot stomping heavy number, the eclectic combination really working well.
On reflection of their performance I couldn’t help but draw similarities to the mighty Kasabian.
If you like what you see, why not visit Superhooch on facebook here
Then it was time for the headliners, Third Angle Projection.
I recently discovered this band when they asked me to review their latest EP ‘Nothing To You‘. I instantly loved them, and found similarities to the awesome Seether, which added to the appeal. I had been looking forward to this moment for a while, seeing them perform live. Sadly, an earlier arrangement to see them never came to fruition.
They’ve recently been on tour in France and I’m sure that the UK festivals will be welcoming them to their stages in no time.
These guys delivered a massive set, full of twists and turns, making their performance intriguing and volatile, which kept me on my toes, wondering what they were going to do next. Without exception, this band delivered the most emotional, artistic performance of the night.
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They performed my favourite tracks, Useless and Nothing To You as well as a Seether cover, a fitting rendition of Remedy.
In summary, the combination of bands on the night delivered a wide brush stroke of the rock genre. Each band adding their own identity, yet combining to produce an outstanding production of live music.
Thanks to Dave Briggs for the fantastic photos. For more from this gig, visit Dave’s facebook page by clicking here . (Please remember that Dave owns these photos, and whilst the bands featured are welcome to use them, there should be no editing or cropping of the picture).