And here it is...the review you have all been waiting for.....
The Salutation Inn,
Despite it being the same weekend as the Nottingham Marathon (OK, not the best timing in the world, but these things happen ) we had some great press coverage, brilliant promotion from the Venue, and WHAT a venue!, and an amazing street team who plastered the area for us with flyers and handouts! So we were really hopeful that despite the fact that our last couple of gigs have not had great turnouts, this one would stand a chance of doing a lot better! And we are VERY proud to say...it most certainly did!! And as a consequence of that great turnout. Thank you
A big part of that was the fact that we were playing in a pub with an amazing reputation, which it richly deserves by the way. A beautiful old building, with a history of haunting and strange occurrences...and Anglo Saxon caves beneath it...the pub has possibly the most welcoming atmosphere and friendliest, and most helpful, staff of any pub I have personally been in for a while! And the upstairs gig venue...nothing we can say about that other than brilliant...and of course if you find yourself in
And so..with many thanks to John and Tony for the amazing photos they took on the day ..onto the amazing bands who came out and gave us their support!
This amazing young singer/songwriter stepped in at literally the last moment when our first band of the day had to cancel on us with about two hours notice! A regular at The Sal, he responded to Ali’s call for help without a seconds hesitation and turned up to give us an amazing set of original material, melodic music with soft and thoughtful lyrics that had even the small crowd that had began to gather that early in the day captivated. Coming from a background in music, Mum and Dad were both regulars on the folk scene in the 70’s, and classically trained himself, he was such a wonderful start to our day and set the tone for everything that followed. I will not even try to compare him to any other artist, simply say find out where he is playing, and go and listen to his music, and hear a truly nice young man share his thoughts and dreams with you...oh...nearly forgot...he asked me to make sure that you all know he is willing to travel!! Jon can be found at: www.myspace.com/joncoatesmusic
The banging amazing energy of trio Jon, Andy and Aiden had everyone’s attention as they delivered a power filled and energy driven performance that bought to mind a kind of hybrid offspring of Alice In Chains and Avenged Sevenfold ...powerfully delivered lyrics, classic rock riffs with a very up to date feeling...Pure raw power...and that after a very long journey to reach us!!! A blazing and brilliant performance from the guys that got the energy of everyone in the room up as high as their own, and got us all in the mood for the rest of the days rocking!!!
Masdevallia can be found at www.myspace.com/masdevallia
Two Minutes Hate
Well...I truly don’t even know where to start telling you about Ol, Leonofski and Andy, these guys have been with us for so long it was almost like meeting the legend!! They turned up to play for us without knowing whether they had anywhere to sleep that night, “We’ll sleep in the car if we have to...but we’ll be there “ they said! To try to describe the kind of music they play would be like trying to tell you what oil on water looks like...constantly shifting, colourful, and pleasing...and of course they are the writers of what is now the RACP UK song....Question Of Time...a haunting and touching story of the child lost. During the course of the day we spent a fair amount of time talking to the guys, and they were just as genuine, real and caring as we had always believed them to be...they even came with CD’s that they had produced especially for us (Which if you’re interested...we have for sale!!) ...and to top it off... Ol bought me the pint he has owed me for about six months...Cheers guys!! You can find Lucy’s Drowning at www.myspace.com/lucyisdrowning
And yet another band that is going to make me dig deep into my dictionary in order to describe them!! Power, energy, strength, drive....punk at its finest, but more than that if you can wrap your head round that as a concept!?! They took the stage and made it theirs, commanding attention...and getting it with no effort...everyone in the venue was swept away as Zero took control, playing both guitar and keyboards as his voice ripped the air, Sid matching the energy and pace with perfection! I am no professional music critic, but if these guys don’t make it big time, then there is something seriously wrong with the music scene!! You can find Tolerance at www.myspace.com/toleranceuk
What a way to end a full day of excellent music!! Another local, and immensely popular, band, they took the stage at the end of a long day and made it their own...giving tired people a new burst of energy that had the younger audience head banging and the older among us wishing we were young enough to join in without getting dizzy and falling over! A very classy and confident set, delivered with an air of panache that bought Velvet Revolver, Murder Dolls with a touch maybe of The Ramones thrown in for good measure, they were an absolutely perfect way to end a full day of outstanding music on the highest of high notes!!! You can find New Generation Superstars at www.myspace.com/newgenrocks
And so, our last gig of this year, and what a way to end our
See you at our 09 gigs folks...
And as always, we remain your friends @ Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse Team
Carmen, Beth, Trace, Tobi, Geno and Keith!!!!
Review written by Beth