Hollowstar – Some Things Matter

St Ives quartet Hollowstar fall heavily into the bracket of classic rock. It’s a genre that by the very nature of being labelled ‘classic’ can at times be somewhat redundant in its approach to fresh sounds. There are still bands (The Answer for example) who have managed to keep the bombastic flame from going out by penning music that although it may be rooted in the older school of rock, delivers on songs and musical presence. On Some Things Matter, Hollowstar fall somewhere between those two extremes.

The emphasis here is on the blues side of rock with opener Lay Down – a song seemingly about an ageing hometown girl not able to let go of her youth – being driven by a huge groovy riff reminiscent of Audioslave’s Cochise. Vocalist Joe Bonson delivers some heavyweight moments throughout the EP, sounding a lot like The Cult’s Ian Astbury and tracks like the slow build of Feel The Burn allow him to show this off well.

For a band still in its relative musical youth, the songwriting although somewhat repetitive in nature at times, has clearly developed from years of listening to Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake and even heavier acts such as Pantera. Guilty in particularly shows off crunchy rolling guitar lines, punctuated by a sturdy rhythm section – coming together to sound like a mutated take on The Black Crowes.

For a straight up classic rock release, the songs on Some Things Matter are strong and deliver on expectations of dominant choruses and churning riffs. The thing missing here is a sense of urgency and reliance on basic song structure which can occasionally leave songs blurring into one another. If however the listener is one who frequents classic rock nights/clubs and enjoys blues driven rock turned up to eleven, Some Things Matter is an enjoyable trip into rocks past.

Biters release new song ‘Stone Cold Love’

Bringing the old school rock and roll vibes back into your life, Biters have a song that feels just like it was ripped out of a T-Rex catalogue.

Check out ‘Stone Cold Love‘ below!

They will also be touring with Blackberry Smoke, with the dates below!

Mon 27th Mar – OXFORD O2 Academy

Tue 28th Mar – LONDON Roundhouse

Wed 29th Mar – NORWICH UEA

Fri 31st Mar – MANCHESTER Academy

Sat 1st Apr – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre

Mon 3rd Apr – GLASGOW Barrowlands

Tue 4th Apr – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy

Thu 6th Apr – BRISTOL O2 Academy

Fri 7th Apr – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

Sat 8th Apr – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre

Biters announced as support for Blackberry Smoke

The main support has been announced for Blackberry Smoke and it is the one and only Biters! Giving you an old rock and roll style with a new edge, it will definitely a fun and large tour to enjoy.

You can check out Biters below as well as the dates for the tour!

UK dates line up as follows:

Mon 27th Mar – OXFORD O2 Academy
Tue 28th Mar – LONDON Roundhouse|
Wed 29th Mar – NORWICH UEA
Fri 31st Mar – MANCHESTER Academy
Sat 1st Apr – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon 3rd Apr – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Tue 4th Apr – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Thu 6th Apr – BRISTOL O2 Academy
Fri 7th Apr – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 8th Apr – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre

Devil You Know + Guests – Live @ The Fleece, Bristol (24/1/17)

With the metal in full check from front to back, The Fleece filled up nice and slow for what will be an enjoyable night of riffs, punchy anthems and even a few xylophone solos.

BRUTAI

Opening the night was this South East London quintet who were able to show off their talent through and through. The sound started off quite piercing but after a minute or so, the band started to flow much more impressively and were able to bring everything to an amazing cultivation. Tracks like ‘Lucidity‘ and ‘Deep‘ off of the new record mesmerised the skimmed out venue and gave the band something positive to enjoy and take away from their set

Rating: 7/10

WEARING SCARS

With this band, it was a very mixed approach from start to finish. Comparing it to huge bands such as Five Finger Death Punch and Nickelback in terms of their musical approach might feel like a negative statement, but half of the time the instrumentation, like in the track ‘Butterfly‘ was really striking and caught a few people off guard. Unfortunately, the vocal aspect was mostly a miss as the somewhat cliche lyrics and dulled out singing/screaming, which brought some audience members to wincing, pushed this band further down than they should have been. A solid force that couldn’t find it’s balance.

Rating: 5/10

ONI

Probably the most mixed in terms of genre on the bill, Canadian destroyers through themselves right into the line of fire with aggressive guitars, technical prowess and a strong vocal screaming game from two of the members. The track ‘The Only Cure‘ showed off how they were able to flow from different musical styles really well and brought in a whole lot of new fans with them. The xylosynth was the talk of the whole night, watching Johnny DeAngelis work his sticks all over the board in songs like ‘Barn Burner‘ that would make any keyboardist feel many amounts of shame. Overall, this set brought so much to the table and made the night feel that much more special.

Rating: 9/10

DEVIL YOU KNOW

On comes the final act of the night and boy did they not disappoint! Making you feel right at home and the small moshpits forming, Devil You Know made their presence known. The force of the instrumentation rang through with their first song ‘Consume The Damned‘ and only proceeded to throw punch after punch. Tracks such as ‘Stay of Execution‘ had an amazing taste with it and every member threw their all into it. The only small niggle that could have come from the night was from Howard Jones‘ vocals. From beginning to end, the vocals sounded like they were stuck in treble and pierced through the quietness of the set interludes. The screams were made to sound monstrous through this and the bassist’s vocals were pitch perfect to the record, but the way that Howard’s vocals sounded live may turn people off from an EQ standpoint.

Rating: 8/10