Planet Rock Presents was always going to be a great night and that was evident before we arrived at the venue as it was already sold out. This was due to the quality of the bands on tonight and that Planet Rock DJ Paul Anthony had been plugging the gig for weeks.
We met up with Paul before the show and while I know how much he does push live music
and gigs it was evident in his conversation just how pasionate he was about supporting live music.
First to hit the stage were Slam Cartel, I didnt know a lot about the them but their style of hard rock was a wake up call for the crowd tonight.
Giles Van Lane(vocals), Marc Neudeck(bass), Tommy Hendriksen (guitar), Steve Campkin (drums), Adam Lee(keyboards,guitars), Terence Warville (guitar), have been together three years and have been touring on the back of their “Handful of Dreams” album released in 2011. With festival slots at Sonisphere 2011 and Hammerfest 2012 these guys are pushing to get it big and with a sound like there’s its only a matter of time.
Fighting Wolves were next up. We had seen these guys a few times before at Cambridge Rock Festival and support to St Jude in 2011. The set tonight was by far the best we have heard them play. They are Paul Blue (Guitar,Vocals), Danny Martin, Jake Leigh and Andy Duke. Their sound is Rock and in a similar vein to Foo Fighters with big punchy riffs and lyrics. The single “One Minute More” released 2011 had good air play on Planet Rock and a set at Download in the same year. Another talented band that maybe, off the back of upcoming dates, will get more of the recognition they deserve.
We had waited over six months to see The Temperance Movement play, they had been playing in London and getting great reviews but seemed not to want to break the ties and get some more dates until finally this date was announced.
The Temperance Movement are Phil Campbell (Vocals), Nick Fyffe (Bass), Luke Potashnick (Guitar) , Paul Sayer (Guitar) and Damon Wilson (Drums) and together produce some of the best sounding blues/rock music out there at present.
As individuals they have played with, and been part of, some great bands but when they came together to form The Temperance Movement with the blistering vocals of Phil as a focal point they are bound for higher places. Some liken their sound to The Black Crowes but to my ears it’s distinctively their own and it seems the audience tonight agree.
The place is sold out and the crowd having already had the pleasure of listening to two damm fine bands already tonight are up and waiting to be blown away.
With songs like “Aint No Telling” a slower bluesy track that balances the rough gravelly
vocals with the blistering guitar licks to the slower “Pride” which is heading towards the blues country sound and again shows the fine balancing between the vocals and the delicately phrased instruments.
“Only Friend” is another rocky blues riff driven song, I swear that during this song the roughness of the vocals was peeling the paint off the walls. The show tonight was all that I could have expected and the band definitely lived up to expectations.
To top it all they had time for all those who stayed round to get the EP signed and wanted photos. They have just announced a series of live dates that take them round the country and have bagged a support slot with The Rivals Sons in Cambridge show. If you want tickets I would get in there quick as they will be sold out.
It was an amazing evening of music and, as I said, it’s great to see a venue sold out and three excellent bands wowing the crowd. Keeping it live and keeping it real.
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley
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