After months of waiting it was finally time to go and see Mad Hatter 2.0 play their new album ‘Deconstruct’ in full for the first time. The venue was The Brunswick down in Gloucester which looked like a tiny little venue on Google maps but when arriving it turned out to be a fantastic venue, great set up and lots of friendly bikers which is always good to see.
When traveling to venues to see a number of bands play, especially when a gig is free entry sometimes leads to bands pulling out for one reason or another but this gig was a pleasant surprise! They managed to pull in an extra band last minute!
First band on stage were scheduled to play another venue in the town but something went wrong and they turned up at the Brunswick and asked if they could play a set. The band were called Twin Arrows and they were over from France. No one knew anything else about them. They are a 5 piece female fronted rock band based in Paris and had a great stage presence. Something that no one was prepared for, even the band until 7pm that night. I would definitely recommend grabbing a CD from this band and hopefully I will catch a bit more than 2 songs next time they ambush a gig!
Next up was a slightly heavier band from Gloucester called Broken Tusk. With some great sounds of metal this 4 piece local band got the crowds ears pricked up and the place was really filling up for them too. Following on from them was Broken Jaw from Cheltenham. Now considering there was still 2 bands to come, lead singer and Birthday boy Nutzie did a great job owning the crowd during their set with one massive metal track after another. Like with the previous 2 bands, Broken Jaw was another new band for me so it was great to watch the crowd and see them singing along to some of the songs being hurled at them with such venom.
Control the Storm were up next after interviewing them in the Mad Hatter 2.0 love wagon (their tour truck) and after finding out they had their very own keytar player, I was really looking forward to this. The band are known on TBFM for their rock and metal tracks already but this was my first time experiencing the band live and also, as a fan of keyboards in rock and metal bands it just made it ten times better!
2 female band members gave some good eye candy but take nothing away from lead singer Hayley and bass player Becky as they really showed their worth and that they had something other than boobs that made them part of the band. Hayley’s voice was amazing and the whole band gelled so well together. Raedon, the keyboard keytar player was the one I had to watch. He really did play that instrument like a guitar in such an impressive way. After experiencing seeing Candlemass just 2 weeks ago and saying to myself ‘I don’t think I will see anyone ever play a keyboard like that again’ it was quite funny that I was eating my words! A fantastic performance all round with Control the Storm and the other 3 bands before them.
So we came to the headliner. The reason we had traveled to Gloucester. It was time to see Mad Hatter 2.0 perform their forthcoming album ‘Deconstruct’ in its entirety for the first time ever. Asking the public during the breaks between bands who had they come to see, although they were all supporting their local bands everyone was really excited about the new album from the Exeter rockers! We chatted to so many people about the pledge campaign and most of the people in the venue had pre-ordered their copy of the album. I had listened to it 5 times before going to the gig so I was well prepared for what was about to take place… or so I thought!!!
The band exploded out onto stage with their list of brand new songs and the crowd were loving every minute of it. Stomp was only the second track off the album so we didn’t have to wait long for a moshpit to kick off! I lost 2 full pints of cider which I had carefully placed in the corner only to find that the vibrations of everyone stomping bounced them onto the floor!
Mad Hatter 2.0 were looking more solid and confident than I had seen before with their stage presence and although all the songs were brand new, it was if it was a million selling album the way the crowd were dancing along to so many tracks. As the album came to an end and the night came to a close, a few of us down the front decided to chant for an encore of EMT, to which most of the room joined in shouting it to them. There was only one thing Marc and the lads could do, and that was to come back out and sing it! Not only did they sing EMT but they got the crowd involved by putting the mic up in front of groups of them to sing along and I don’t recall a single person not singing my favourite Hatter song!
All in all, a fantastic night of independent bands topped off with an amazing set by Mad Hatter 2.0. If you have yet to pledge I suggest you do it ASAP! You can read the 5/5 review of the new album by clicking here.