To celebrate the release of their album Valium Gorillas, Buzzard kicked it off with The Grunge Tour, starting on Sunday 29th October 2017 at The Lamp Tavern, Dudley.
I was really looking forward to this gig, as there were a number of support bands lined up, some of which I’ve been interested to see for some time, but never quite got round to it. And here they were all performing at the same venue. So, £5 to get in and a pint of Bud on draft, this was gonna be a great night.
The line up for the support acts was, GG and the FlashHearts, Zero Wasters, This Elegant Chaos, Weak13 and Naked Sunday.
First things first, I must apologise to GG and the Flashhearts, as I missed their set due to having problems finding the venue. They’re a 3 piece Power Pop/Punk band hailing from Stourbridge. Hopefully, our paths will cross in the near future.
Next up were a band called Zero Wasters, a Birmingham based rock trio combining elements of blues, indie and punk to create an eclectic sound which has intrigued audiences throughout the country.
An enjoyable performance from Zero Wasters. The bass player certainly kept us entertained throughout, but this aside, I enjoyed seeing a vocalist/drummer, this must be very difficult to pull off. Credit to Niall, Ethan and Lee for a gutsy performance. Hope to see you again soon.
Next up were This Elegant Chaos, a band which I’ve followed on facebook for some time, but never actually seen a live performance from them. This band are dark, but at the same time quirky and full of life, and I really enjoyed the performance from vocalist Stephanie Taylor. Greg Boden kept us all on our toes with his signature, full on, in your face performance on bass, I’ve never seen anything like this in a bass player. Whatever you’re on Greg, keep taking it! These guys demonstrated that they have something a little different going on, and this is what draws you in and leaves you wanting to see more from them. I’m hopeful to feature This Elegant Chaos on The Rock Asylum in the near future.
Naked Sunday are fantastic to watch live, so I was in my element watching their set. I look forward to seeing Martin, Laura and Craig very soon, when I feature them on The Rock Asylum. They performed a few of my favourites, Diamonds and Pearls, Sunflowers In The Rain and A Dozen Red Roses And A Bottle of Jack. I also look forward to seeing them at their next headline show, wherever that may be. Oh and by the way guys, thanks for my album! It was a pleasure to review Signs of Insanity!
Weak13 is another band I’ve had on my ‘to do list’ but even when we’ve been in the same building as them, I never got to see or hear them. Weak13 use a variety of strange low-guitar tunings, unorthodox riffs and dark sounds for every song. Although these guys are not my first choice in sound, I totally appreciate that they’ve set out to be different, to send out clear messages in their work and to emphasize parts of their music that other bands would try to cover over in order to be as free sounding as possible. They were well supported on the night and I wish them all the best with the tour.
So now to the headline act Buzzard, who I’ve only seen once before, a few months ago at The Giffard Arms. Buzzard are a three piece Grunge Rock power trio with Punk undertones to their sound. Formed in 2011, they produce and perform mostly original material and are based in Stourbridge, UK.
The performance was energetic and driven which showed the band’s hunger to progress in the music industry. Favourite tracks were Kamikaze, which is the second single to be taken from their album Valium Gorillas, and Step It Up which was the first. These guys certainly threw everything they had into their performance which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish this band every success with their Grunge Tour and the new album which is out now.
Here are some clips for you to enjoy:
Gig Rating: 4/5
Many thanks to Dave Briggs – Gig Photography for the photos on this review. He will be uploading more of the gig to his Facebook page over the next few days.
On Saturday 28th October I was at The Giffard Arms Wolverhampton to see Papa Shango and supporting bands, Dead Happy and Anonymous.
I’ve heard that The Giffard is the place to be on Halloween, and for a mere £2 to get in, this was promising to be a great night, especially knowing that Anonymous were in the line up.
A Halloween themed band called Dead Happy certainly kicked the evening off in style, demonstrating a completely abstract performance of rock/alternative music.
It was then time for one of my top 5 upcoming bands to rock the house. Anonymous put on an electrical performance as always, these guys have all the ingredients needed to become a successful rock band, looks, talent, charisma and determination.
Even though the frontman/vocalist Rob Baynes had been unwell, he put on a great show for the crowd. These guys have come a long way since I first saw them on a Facebook live feed, playing a pub in Burton-on-Trent.
They will be supporting Ryder’s Creed at the 02 Academy 3 Birmingham on 9th December 2017 which I’m sure will be a great night, and I have no doubt that Anonymous will help to kick the night off appropriately. Hayden Kirk (guitar), Steven (Herbie) Herbert (drums), Luke Lawley (bass) and Rob Baynes (vocals/guitar) certainly get the job done when it comes to putting on a show.
So, having rocked out with Anonymous, it was time for the widely talked about Papa Shango to make an appearance. To be perfectly honest, I had mixed feelings about this ‘act’, but kept an open mind as I’d never seen them before. They describe themselves as a circus rock act with mayhem and madness guaranteed to leave jaws dropped.
Unfortunately, the only video footage I took of these guys will not upload, so apologies to anyone who wanted to see them. Well I can only describe the Papa Shango experience as unusual. I thought for a moment I’d had my drink spiked when I saw girls in sequinned hotpants humping hobby horses to the rhythm of the music. It was all a bit tongue in cheek, and I watched them perform a couple more of their tracks before leaving to the sound of ‘pissing on your wife’ being belted out. The room was full of people in full Halloween costume though, and I’m sure the night went well. Not sure if they came into watch Papa Shango, or whether it was just because the disco downstairs was packed out, but either way, a great night celebrated with major weirdness and rock music, you couldn’t ask for more. (Especially not for £2 entry)
For those of you who are now more curious than ever, here’s a link
Gig Rating: 4/5
There will be more of this………….
and so much more!
This week I will be publishing the review of bands I’ve seen during the Halloween weekender. Anonymous, Naked Sunday and Buzzard to name just a few of them. There will be some awesome photos and videos to go with the feature of course, courtesy of Dave Briggs.
Also I’m currently reviewing a self titled album by a very talented guy called Jon Hartz Wild, which will be up over the next couple of days.
Later in the week I’ll be publishing my review of the newly released Buzzard album ‘Valium Gorillas’.
I’m still looking for bands to engage with and feature on The Rock Asylum, so if anything you see on my blog tickles your fancy, get in touch with me by filling out the contact page and I’ll be in touch.
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