Everyone who has loved metal and hard rock since the 90’s has heard of the mighty Kyuss. With the exception of the bass player the original line up are now reincarnated as Vista Chino. With a pounding new album, ‘Peace’, now out they are back touring the UK and beyond.
Support tonight was by the relatively new Canadian outfit Monster Truck. This was on the back of a crowd pleasing set at this year’s Download Festival. They hit the stage running, getting straight into the set with little fuss. Guitarist Jeremy Widerman was swinging, shaking and grooving away, whilst keeping his chords tight, an impressive amount of energy and precision for any axe player to pull off.
Lead singer and bass player, Jon Harvey, said after two songs ‘I wasn’t expecting to see many people tonight, we’re so impressed to see you all and let’s party!” They have got some great songs with an original flavour, like Righteous Smoke, Seven Seas Blues and For The Sun. They perform them to a high standard and come across as a seasoned, highly professional band. I think these guys could go far and strongly recommend you catch one of their shows soon.
Within no time Vista Chino graced the stage with a very laid back and placid manner. Once they kicked off though things got a lot more lively. ‘Adara’ and ‘One Inch Man’ are deep, dark songs that evoke such an atmosphere that you know you are at a metal gig. That intensity didn’t lessen with Kyuss numbers such as ‘Gardenia’ and ‘Astroid’.
There is a definite smoothness and slickness in the band’s mannerisms which says everything about how focused they are in recreating the album magic with their live sound. The crowd, packed out at this point, totally embraced this performance and heads were banging. ‘Planets 1 & 2’ made for an impressive encore from the band’s new album, ‘Peace’. The set was rounded off by Kyuss’s ‘Odyssey’, thrown in the mix for good measure.
This was a great performance from seasoned veterans who are still very much going strong today.
Review and photos by Jeff Oram
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