GASOLINE THRILL/ CASINO 13 @ RAILWAY MUSIC VENUE, BOLTON - REVIEW BY LES GLOVER
Arriving at the Railway music venue on a cold January night, I wondered what on earth was a music venue doing in this Bolton backwater and whether it fitted the bill. How wrong I was, a great venue full of character, complete with stage, ample sound system and lighting and a man on the mixer who knows his stuff. An impressive array of talents old and new, from the up and coming to tribute bands to established names like Girlschool and the been there, done that and sold the T shirt brigade of yesteryears rock fraternity. The pub was spacious enough to cater for crowds between 60 to 100 (I'm guessing) and not too big to intimidate bands on a quieter night like tonight.
The support band Casino 13 kicked off the nights proceedings at around 9.30pm. A good, tight band with a surprisingly good stand in bassist, laying down the rhythm with a powerful drummer, complete with machine gun beats that could pin you to the back wall. An exceptionally good Asian guy on lead guitar, and fronted by American vocalist and rhythm player, with a gutsy growl perfectly suited to the style of music they play. A good, solid band who, if you like your music loud and heavy, I suggest you check out.
Just before 11pm saw the arrival on stage of three girls and one guy, AKA, Gasoline Thrill. Dressed in customary black, figure hugging stage wear, with tattoos and attitude to match. Launching into their first number, 'Break' the girls seemed a little hesitant with their delivery, along with the next songs, 'Leeches and 'Walking On Steel' and it wasn't until their fourth song, that the band really got into their stride, showing what a tight little unit they could be. Powered by drummer Dave, the only male in the band, 'so be it' was an interesting song with some nice tempo changes and confident chorus chants from Monica on bass and Marf on lead guitar. A few songs further in came the only cover of the night, Joan Jett's crowd pleaser 'I Hate Myself For Loving You'. A furrow I feel the girls (and boy) could plough to full effect. That eighties anthemic rock, with a hint of punk, perfectly suiting the stunningly beautiful Samara's tuneful sneer. 'Singing', a good song with beautiful lyrics paved the way for freshly videoed 'Afraid', from their newly released debut album 'Burn'. Closing numbers 'Kill Me Again', 'Never Go Back' and 'The Pill' finish off the night well, with a good response from the by now, attentive crowd. All in all, a good night and a good twelve song set from a young, up and coming band who need these type of gigs to hone their skills, in the very male orientated world of rock, to become a fighting unit that can hold their own.