Twelve bands in one day in aid of The SOPHIE Foundation and Child Hospice Art.
We’ve known the remarkable Martin Short for a few years now from our love of underground rock music, so it wasn’t a surprise to be present at this gig. In advance we could see the line up consisted of our favourite live bands and ‘Roxx’ albums of the year bands! Also we knew that a few more of our friends from afar would be attending, what turned out to be a splendid day. The one problem with days and festivals like this, is the fact that there was so much going on that unfortunately we didn’t see all of the bands, missing again Steroid Freak Pussy, but we could hear the end of Twisted Species, who sounded good from the front bar.
Lets start the review properly with head-liners Exit State, who came fired up for their first gig of the year and tore through an amazing set to finish the day of in style. Choosing to play a ‘best of’ set from the bands three brilliant albums was a wise choice, but it was the change of the running order of songs that surprised a few people. Bands tend to throw in the most popular or catchier songs at the end of their set or an encore, but on this occasions Exit State opened up with a few of these classics, leaving us shattered after only a few songs! The whole band put on a top class enthusiastic energetic show throughout a kick arse performance that left us gob smacked and exhausted. It’s probably well known that the Roxx’s are huge Exit State fans and we’ve seen them at different venues on numerous occasions over the last 6 years. Last year due to a number of reasons we didn’t see the band as much as we would have liked, which we hope to rectify this year. Not only do Exit State rock out with the best of them, but they also have some slower beautiful tunes and as we know they are four very talented individuals. This breathtaking performance was about the band though, and what brilliance they can produce as a unit. Awesome, remarkable, stunning, we could go on about how good they were, lets just say it was one of the best we have ever seen them and we enjoy them immensely every time.
The first band we saw properly were Steel Threads and what a band to start our day off with! Because although they may not be everybody’s cup of tea, we always enjoy their melodic acoustic quirky interpretation of rock. Down to just two members the gifted duo of Neil Wardleworth vocals, guitar, bass drum & Laura Wilcockson – violin & vocals were simply outstanding.
It would be wrong of us to write a review about the Progressive-Power Metal of Dakesis or Kaine, although we could hear some excellent ‘shredding’ during Kaine, as we got refreshments and already needed fresh air!
Well we had to be ready for the onslaught of the next four bands, starting with The Senton Bombs, so with the shots lined up ready for the ‘bombs bombs, bombs away’ we proceeded to be entertained to the max. We won’t go into the details of the songs as you can read our opinions of the bands last 2 albums here in the TBFM website. But we will say that even in the past 2 years the band have grown into one of the best live bands around and seem to be driven with a new found enthusiasm for the outstanding music that they play.
After a much needed break it was time for the splendidly entertaining The Idol Dead, who although 3 members were under the weather still managed to put on a fantastic performance of punk rock n roll. A band deserving of much more in the rock n roll world, promoters and venues take note of how good this band are.
This was followed by a similarly great show from Psychobabylon, who are back with a vengeance after a band break. They deliver a tight and boisterous array of fast-paced and hard-driving rock numbers in keeping with the standard set before.
JD & the FDCs are another band that have grown on us in the past few years due to a wonderfully entertaining live show and engaging front man. Yet again they didn’t disappoint and had the crowd bouncing and singing along by the end of a terrific show.
By this time we needed a rest and so didn’t catch much of Babylon Fire and Captain Horizon, though both bands sounded good in the background and friends of ours were impressed. So apart from the birthday boy having his car ‘nicked’ by Notts council, it was a joyous occasion finished off by the band we had been told to expect something very special by… and boy did we get it from Exit State!