As promised (and a while back), the print version of Joseph Knight’s One To Watch courtesy of Nottingham Post. Check this dude out next time here’s at a venue near you. Go to the Published Pieces page for the full interview
MacMillan Fest 2017, Rock City, Rescue Rooms and more … http://www.nottinghampost.com
Once again both the Rescue Rooms and Rock City’s Basement, plus another Stealth, Spanky’s and the Tap N Tumbler pub, played host to the ever-popular MacMillan Fest …
Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.
Are Nottingham duo You Want Fox a female Royal Blood? http://www.nottinghampost.com
You Want Fox are Colette and Natalie and they’re Nottingham’s answer to Royal Blood. With a new album, You Can’t Sit With Us, just released Adam Humphreys spoke …
This was the first time ever covering an Easter Sunday gig, and in all fairness, it was actually worth it as three incredible bands were on. This was the last gig of the Church Of The Cosmic Skull; Is Satan Real tour.
Haggard Cat Bothday Present, of just H.C.B.P for short is a two-man band consisting of only Matt Reynolds and Tom Marsh. Now together these two were amazing to watch and their performance was quite lively and played some fresh material and ended their set on their newly released single, The Patriot which actually sounds quite good. During their performance, the main room was getting filled with many rock fans alike, and HCBP are defiantly two guys whom you should keep both your eyes and ears pealed for. Vodun are just fantastic to watch and one of the best ways to describe them is rock combined with Afro, soul and Psych with the vocal talents equal to that of Aretha Franklin or Etta James. Seriously her voice can just cut through and entire crowd she’s that good. That is pretty much how to describe them and even their on-stage presence alone will leave you very intrigued to say the least. These guys even have their own individual stage names as part of their band image. Vodun are packed with energy and fresh tribal-rock sounding music and they ended their set on one of their newest songs Possession/Loa’s Kingdom, and what a belter of a tune. Their music is as packed with energy as their performances. Just incredible and by this point the room was packed with people.
Now in terms of stage presence you could easily be forgiven if your first thoughts were that they looked like a random bunch all dressed in white. But no, they’re another great band with some great songs and on-stage presence that will actually leave you wanting more. Even their introduction is attention grabbing stuff and like something out of a 70’s sci-fi film. These are definitely one of both the biggest and hottest bands to be checking out for this year. C.O.T.C.S are definitely one of the ones to be watching out for so keep your ears pricked.