Naomi Jeremiah / David Lydiard
The Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton prides itself on being the only dedicated Rock pub in Wolverhampton. Rock, Metal and Alternative music pumps out across its two floors and we were treated to Rock music at its best. Adorned with Gothic decor, this is a fabulous venue with a cracking atmosphere.
The venue was so packed that people couldn't even get in to the room to see the stage and had to tip toe and jostle for position at the entrance. Others were simply turned away at the door. This my friends, was a sell-out!
(A shout out to Mallen who opened the entire night. Unfortunately we were too late to catch them but what we did hear and from what others have said, they are another band to keep an eye out for).
First up were Cannock's own, The Bad Flowers, and the crowd were amped to see them. From the outset this tight three-piece had the crowd immersed and they duly delivered a rip roaring set. Songs such as "Big Country" and "City Lights" going down extremely well. Currently locked away in the studio writing and recording their album, we were also treated to a couple of new songs. One of those, recorded the previous week, having only been written the week before that! There may have been some teething problems, sure, but the new songs mesh well with the older material and tore the house down regardless. Giving us a tasty glimpse into what we can expect from the upcoming record.
They are a truly energetic outfit and a joy to watch live. Karl Selickis is a machine behind the drum kit, and his antics alone are worth the price of admission. Dale Tonks on bass lays down a hard rocking groove, losing himself in the music, whilst frontman Tom Leighton oozes charisma as he manhandles his Les Paul, spitting out hard riffs and squeezing every last bit of soul out of his solos. Tom had told us he'd been coming down with a cold and was worried his voice would falter, but falter it did not. Every song was filled with passion and emotion and his vocals held superbly.
Definitely a band to keep an eye on as they make great strides towards bigger things. They make great music and put on a thoroughly entertaining show. Check them out if you haven't already.
Headlining the proceedings were Black Rose Cadillac, an energetic five-piece Rock band from The Midlands.
Blasting through an awesome set, including the ass kicking "Hey Now," new track "Begging For More" and even squeezing in a few bars of the Audioslave hit "Cochise" Black Rose Cadillac had The Giffard Arms jumping and the crowd begging for more. The band themselves are a tight unit. Ryan Hulme on vocals is a powerhouse, the guitar tandem of Simon Hawkes and Miles Cooper play off each other superbly, whilst Richard Clark (Bass) and Ben Kirk (Drums) lay down the solid grooves that free up the other three to let the magic happen. When you have that foundation to build upon, how can you possibly go wrong?
Currently working on their debut album, Black Rose Cadillac are a myriad of high energy riffs, massive choruses and catchy hooks. When you throw in live performances like this, you have a makings of a killer rock n roll band. Based on this performance and a cracking EP (The Singles of 2016), the band look to be in great shape, which is great news for those with tickets to see Toseland on their UK tour in April, as Black Rose Cadillac will be supporting! We cannot recommend seeing this band highly enough, catch them on these dates:
4 Brighton Stick Mikes
5 Leicester O2 Academy 2
6 Birmingham O2 Institute 2
7 Newcastle Cluny
8 Manchester Club Academy
10 Glasgow King Tuts
11 Leeds Wardrobe
12 Cardiff Globe
13 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
It seems people had come far and wide to attend this show and none of the bands disappointed. All of the comments we heard were positive, with everyone having been entertained and witness to a fantastic night of Rock.
For anyone to say that Rock music is dead, they must have their heads buried in the ground. All around the United Kingdom, there are pockets of top quality Rock bands playing week in, week out who deserve your attention. If we can take anything away from this gig alone, it is that the future of UK Rock music is in fantastic shape and we couldn't be happier.