BRUCEFEST: THE RETURN - The Dolls House, Abertillery 17.02.18 - Everyday Heroes / Kikamora / VOiD / Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters

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This was a free entry charity event, put on by the guys from The Rock’n’Roll Circus to wrap up the year long 50th birthday celebration of Bruce Fleming. The only requirement of the people attending  was a donation to the local food bank, which for the proposed line up was an amazing gesture by the organisers. Unfortunately, three bands had to pull out due to illness, these were The Deadpig Project, Tomorrow Is Lost and Crowsaw (tribute) who all sent their apologies and birthday wishes to the big man. This meant that the remaining four bands had longer set times.

 

First up were Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters, from Cardiff. This was their second show this weekend and they hit the stage looking relaxed and with confidence. Playing a great mix of their older tracks and a couple of new songs from their forthcoming album they took the extended set time to shine. Luke on lead guitar showing how well he’s fitted into the band, Sam and Nick hold tracks together with a solid bottom line and Beth with her powerful vocals show huge potential with their new material.

 

Set List:

Hell Yeah!

Bad Habit

Beautiful Disease

This Bitch Bites

Forbidden Hearts

Sick Like This

Give It All You’ve Got

Down and Dirty

Hell in High Heels

On and On

If You’re Ready to Rock

 

Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters are:

Beth Blade - Vocals/Guitar

Luke Strickland - Lead Guitar

Nick Goodwin            - Bass

Sam Brain - Drums

 

Check them out at:

Website: https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBATBDofficial

Instagram: http://instagram.com/BBATBDofficial

 

Next on were V0iD, a South Wales based, 5 piece band. This was the first time I’ve seen these guys and from the very start of the set their great sound, catchy songs and the 3 guitars building multi-level melodies had the crowd rocking. Wayne Doyle taking time during one of the breaks to introduce Josh in his first show with them. Playing tracks from their albums ‘Zer0’ and ‘Keep Fighting’ and two new tracks from a forthcoming project. I urge you to check them out when you can.

 

Set List:

Plastic Saviour

Blow Your Mind

Part of Me

Let Me In

All Cos of You

Say My Name

Not the One

Zer0

You Take My Breath Away

 

V0id are:

Wayne Doyle - Vocals/Guitar

Gary Doyle - Drums

Wayne ‘P’ Edmonde - Bass

Chris Jones - Lead Guitar

Josh Townsend - Guitar

 

Check them out at:

Website: http://www.v0idonline.com/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/v0idonline

Twitter: https://twitter.com/v0idonline

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/v0idonline/

 

Third on stage were Kikamora, hailing from Bristol, who kept the tempo of the evening going. This hard hitting band provide thunderous drums, thick bass lines and searing guitars all topped off with powerful vocals. From the reaction of the crowd these guys are clearly one of the Dolls House’s favourite bands. With Wilf taking time to wander and greet the audience while still belting out his words, the band were enjoying this as much as the crowd. These guys know how to rock, even adding a swing vibe and saxophone into one of the final tracks. Amazing energy, great music, overall a brilliant set.

 

Kikamora are:

Wilf Kite - Vocals

Jimi Bessant - Lead Guitar

Daniel Marshall - Rhythm Guitar

Rob Ives - Bass

Andy Page - Drums

                       

Check them out at:

Website: https://kikamoraband.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kikamoraband

Twitter            : https://twitter.com/kikamoraband

 

The final act for this outstanding night of music were local band, Everyday Heroes. Their blues driven, hard rock was just the perfect way to end such a great night. They kicked off with a couple of new tracks from their forthcoming debut album that we’d heard about from Luke before the show, and it sounds fantastic.

 

Their blues based rock is full of solid hooks and riffs, soaring guitar solos and a bass line to shake your soul, all underpinned by solid, relentless drums. Playing a great mix of new material and tracks of their self titled EP and ‘The Other Side of Nowhere’, this was an excellent set to round of a night of celebration, even throwing in a cover of CCR’s ‘Proud Mary’ which got the crowd dancing, yes I admit, me too.

 

Everyday Heroes have a huge future and I suggest that you catch them now at the smaller venues before they take off. Bruce Fleming’s 50th Birthday celebration finished off with a bang, with everyone leaving with a smile on their face, bands and crowd alike.

 

Set List:

Texas Red

Rise

Take Me Home

Better Off

Little Rain

Find My Way

Witch’s King

Little Bit of You

Storm

Honey

The River

The Ballad of Robert Johnson

Delilah

Proud Mary

 

Everyday Heroes are:

Luke Phillips - Vocals/Guitar

Jay Haines - Drums

Daniel Richards - Guitars

Lewis Watkins - Bass

 

Check them out at:

Website: https://www.everydayheroesband.co.uk/

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/edhbandsw/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/edhbandsw

Instagram: http://instagram.com/everydayheroesofficial

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