06
Aug
09

Playing catch-up

A week’s worth of stuff all condensed into one (short) post…

Studio Promo at the M was more of the same, with a wide range of genres and degress of competence on show; with four bands for a measly quid it’s a pretty good night out and if you’ve not been to one yet they’re well worth a punt (although if you’re over the age of 21 prepare to feel old compared to the vast majority of the audience!)

On Thursday Flight 505 played at the Raven (which, despite it being 100 yards from home I’d not yet got round to visiting) and as always gave a solid performance of some classic 60s/70s rock — it’s not really my era so there were only a couple of tracks that I recognised, but if you like the Stones, the Who, and other bands of that ilk then Al and the boys should be right up your street.

Speaking of Al, he provided the PA for Saturday’s Vinefest, and although I only caught a few hours of it it was a great show.  Inclement weather rmarred the first hour or so, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the bands or the crowd.  I only caught the end of the opening act (there was a hefty queue at the bar!) but what I heard was pretty solid (although Voodoo Chile was perhaps a bit overlong).  They were followed by Firestorm who seemed to have one or two sound issues (the guitar was barely audible) and still have a ways to go — putting their rendition of Enter Sandman against the Junkyard Dogs’ version was rather telling.  Chloë did what they do best, and new drummer Goose performed brilliantly on his first appearance; I won’t go in to too much detail as it may cause unrest and I’ve covered them several times before, but you should definitely make an effort to catch them at work!  Hair Metal coverists Junkyard Dogs gave an inspired performance, belting out a non-stop barrage of Whitesnake, Ozzy, Metallica, Bon Jovi, and many more classics; the frontman could have easily passed for David Coverdale, with the full range of rock poses and microphone antics, and their sound perfectly captured the spandex-laden era that refuses to die.  A combination of beer and other commitments meant I had to skip the Barflys, but I had a cracking time and look forward to Vinefest ’10!

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1 Response to “Playing catch-up”


  1. August 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    thanks for the catch-up.

    it’s difficult when a band still has some work to do, none of us want to dampen enthusiasm, but it’s important for a blog to be honest.

    LOL re keeping the chloe comments short. they are fun, i can’t think why folks sometimes complain when they’re mentioned.


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