Piston are a fairly new 5 piece outfit hailing from Staffordshire in the heart of England. Featuring Jack Edwards of Guns’2’Roses – arguably the UK’s premier GnR tribute band – plus Steve Nunn on vocals, Luke Allat on Guitar, Stuart Egan on Bass and Brad Newlands on drums.
The song ‘Dark Angel’ was Piston’s first track unleashed on the world back in 2012 – and is absolute corker. Occasionally you hear just one song from a new band, and you just know that good things are destined to follow. So when the chance came up to get to the EP launch a while ago we jumped at the chance (not to mention that the amazing Diamond Lil were also on the bill!) and made sure we grabbed a copy of the 5 track ‘Playing With Fire’ EP.
And the verdict on Piston’s debut? Well, these guys aren’t shy of long songs (for a hard rock band!) – every tune here clocks in at over 4 minutes – and it’s a blessing. This EP is nothing short of stunning. On the first couple of listens ‘Dark Angel’ is the stand-out song, but with each new spin the title track, plus ‘A Hand in Yours’, and ‘Misery’ start to get a hold of you.
Second up ‘A Hand in Yours’ opens with a simple bassline joined by a stadium-sized guitar intro.
The surprise, bonus track, is an incredible cover of ‘Proud Mary’ – made famous by Tina Turner but originally penned and recorded by John Fogerty and his band Creedence Clearwater Revival back in 1969.
Frontman Steve Nunn has a classic rock voice many of the old guard would now sell their back catalogue for, and is able to conjure up the tones of Axl Rose one minute and Bon Scott the next. Almost as importantly Steve can deliver in a live setting – indeed Piston have recently supported Voodoo Six and have just announced a support slot to veterans Dr Feelgood, as well as owning the stage as openers for Reckless Love’s Wolverhampton gig on their recent UK tour.