Before this ‘Emma Scott Presents’ gig
begins there is an air of anxiety as This Wicked Tongue are waiting for the
arranged bus to bring their fans from nearby Worcester, but with three other
acts this evening, those who are here already have plenty to enjoy with October Sky, Last Gasp, and Road to Horizon.
Wakefield's four piece Road to Horizon look fresh from
the gym or the beach, macho, muscle-bound, fit and athletic, they cut striking
figures on stage. Heavy and powerful, they can certainly entertain. Yet it's all too much at once, stopping you from appreciating the
finer points of the music which is a shame because here there is something
fine to appreciate. Because he has a supreme talent for shredding, they should bring this guitarist to the front and stop trying to drown him out.
Just as they begin their last song, the crowd arrives. Check them out here.
Check them out here.
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are a band I am familiar with but have never yet managed to see, so I am glad to put that right. With main focal point Tina V on vocals and keys, TWT grind out sexy, raunchy music, the bass vibrating through the soul. This is proper headbanging music and the audience are revved up for it. Tina V’s voice is poppy, soulful, rocky and hard all at the same time, the music making you want to dance. I've seen the guitarist, Haydn, before in another band, and while he is not the most technical player, he does have a great feel for the music and his accompanying vocals blend very well, complimenting Tina V’s voice. TWT have what must be the fastest-fingered bassist in the west, Rob, and while this may be a female-fronted rock band, it isn’t girly. During ‘Creature’, drummer Ben decides to sport a towel on his head. Tina V is the perfect cross between girl-next-door and super model, her tight purple leggings ensuring that there are some happy people in the audience. They finish on the delightful ‘Ray Mears v Bear Grylls’, and as Tina V steps onto the barrier to get closer to her fans, it is a triumphant success.
Check them out here.
Tonight has been a night when bassists have proved they are not just the “also ran”’s of a band as they have all really shone through. This was a night where everyone stayed to see a lineup of great bands and showed a lot of appreciation. A very enjoyable night, thanks to Emma Scott and all four bands.
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