DOLL4EST -  The Dolls House Wales      Abertillery 01/10/17

CHARLEY FARLEY (PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Now in its fourth year, Doll4est is a three day charity event organised by The Rock and Roll Circus Radio Show and held at the Dolls House Wales in the valleys town of Abertillery.  It has a reputation for championing new acts and allowing some more established bands to show off their talents.  Unfortunately we were unable to attend days 1 & 2 due to other commitments but the buzz on social media told us that we had missed two incredible days of music.

 

Getting to the venue whilst the first band was setting up I had to chance to have a chat to Ceri, one of the organisers and he was very happy with the bands and the response of the crowds of the first 2 days and though looking a little jaded was excited about the final day.

 

First up were The Archivists, a Hereford based three piece band formed in 2016.  Opening with a cover of My Sharona and then playing a number of tracks of their debut EP “Her”, their music is fast paced and humorous - one of their tracks is about a mate who looks a bit like a girl. It’s was a shame that there weren’t more people in the pub for these lads as they started off the day well.

 

The Archivists Are:

 

Jordan Lewis (Vocals & Guitar)

Brandon Knight (Drums)

Sam Hinton (Guitar)

 

Check them out at:

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheArchivistsOfficial/?fref=ts

 

 

Next up were South Wales based Alt Rockers, Vespertine.  This three piece band play original material as they describe it, ‘based on life experiences coloured with the light and shade of life’.  Playing tracks off their EP “Paint the Darkness” these guys really did let loose on the stage and give it everything.  Having an energetic sound and showing hints of Placebo they wrapped up their set and the growing crowd showed their appreciation.

 

Vespertine are:

 

Matt (Guitars/Vocals)

Spike (Bass)

Dan (Drums)

 

Check them out at:

 

http://vespertineofficial.wixsite.com/vespertine/home

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

Twitter              https://twitter.com/BandVespertine

YouTube           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlT86LF1Nad4BY4ZQTVXuQ

 

 

Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters were the next band on the line up.  The Cardiff based 4 piece band who I’ve seen many times before, have undergone a lineup change and this was the first time I’d seen Luke (Lead Guitar) play.  Their set consisted of tracks from their debut album “Bad Habit” and EP “Sick Like This”, all of which are full of catchy hooks and raw power.  The great set was over a little too quickly for the growing crowd. Luke has settled in really well and the band seemed so much more relaxed on stage. Speaking with the guys afterwards they are really excited about the forthcoming UK tour with the Electric Boys and their appearance at Planet Rock’s ‘Rockstock’ as well as Hard Rock Hell and a few other shows before the end of the year.

 

Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters are:

 

Beth Blade (Guitar/Vocals)

Nick (Bass)

Luke (Lead Guitar)

Sam (Drums)

 

Check them out at:

 

https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/

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

Twitter.             http://twitter.com/BBATBDofficial

Instagram.        http://instagram.com/BBATBDofficial 

 

 

Podracer, from Dundalk, Ireland were next on the bill. This being the last show on a brief four- date tour of England and Wales.  This 3 piece band seriously made a thunderous impact with their angry, punchy rock with heavy punk influences.  Playing tracks from their album “Parking Cars and Pumping Gas” they shook the Dolls House to its foundation. Speaking to Damien (Bass) after the set he said that they had been involved in raising approximately £2500 for a local cancer charity via a gig and CD.

 

Podracer are:

 

Alan Anderson (Guitar/Vocals)

Damien Carroll (Bass/Vocals)

Keith Mulholland (Drums)

 

Check them out at:

 

https://podracer.bandcamp.com/

Facebook.        https://www.facebook.com/pg/podracerband/about/?ref=page_internal

Twitter.            https://mobile.twitter.com/podracerband?lang=en-gb

 

 

Unfortunately the next band scheduled to play pulled out due to illness and up stepped Tomorrow is Lost. Having already played on the Saturday they had decided to stay for the rest of the weekend and offered to play again.  This 5 piece band from Newcastle have only been together a short time and this was their 7th show. From the moment they started they had my full attention.  For an inexperienced band they sound awesome.  With hints of Lzzy Hale, Cass King already knows how to entertain the crowd.  Definitely a band to keep an eye on.

 

Tomorrow is Lost:

 

Cass King (Vocals)

Joe McDermott (Guitar)

Ryan O’Hara (Guitar)

Adam Clements (Bass/Vocals)

Andrew Taylor (Drums)

 

Check them out at:

 

http://www.musicglue.com/tomorrowislost

Facebook.         https://www.facebook.com/tomorrowislost/posts/

Twitter.              https://mobile.twitter.com/tilband

Instagram.        http://instagram.com/tomorrowislostofficial

 

 

Cardiff based 3 piece The D Teez were next. Their blend of Punk with a mix of soul and blues brought back memories of the film The Commitments, high energy and fun. It was a shame that the crowd had started to thin out by the time that they hit the stage but those who stayed appeared to enjoy their energetic set.

 

The D Teez are:

 

Aly Symptom (Bass/Vocals)

Tom Belton (Drums)

Levi Hallett (Guitars)

 

Check them out at:

 

https//soundcloud.com/the-d-teez

Facebook.       https://www.facebook.com/pg/THEDTEEZ/about/?ref=page_internal

Twitter.            https://mobile.twitter.com/thedteez

 

 

The penultimate band of the day were Psychobabylon from Leeds.  Taking the tone of the day in a darker and heavier direction.  They play catchy, dirty heavy rock with Rusty D owning the stage with his imposing frame and style, roaring the lyrics out from their albums "Welcome to Planet Babylon“ and “Embrace The Strange”.  The screaming guitars and powerful rhythm section build the songs to something that could easily grace any of the summer metal festivals

 

Psychobabylon are:

 

Rusty D (Vocals)

Robbie Gray - Guitar/Vocals

Andrew Mewse - Lead Guitar

Spike - Bass/vocals

Andy Knott - Drums

 

Check them out at:

 

https://psychobabylon.bandcamp.com/

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

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

 

 

Everyday Heroes were the final act of this packed day.  A local favourite band who I’ve seen a few times before are growing with confidence every show. With hints of Black Stone Cherry and other Southern influenced rock bands they played tracks from their self titled EP and their most recent “The Other Side of Nowhere”. Without a doubt these guys have a bright future and having established themselves in the South Wales music scene the rest of the UK are in for a real treat.

 

Everyday Heroes are:

 

Luke Phillips (Vocals/Guitar)

Jay Haines (Drums)

Daniel Richards (Guitars)

Lewis Watkins (Bass)

 

Check them out at:

 

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

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

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

Instagram.      http://instagram.com/everydayheroesofficial

 

 

Overall is been an outstanding day, I urge you to check out each of these awesome bands, the guys from the Rock and Roll Circus Radio show know how to pick a great mix of bands to cover a wide range of genres. The Dolls House has a great sound for a small venue with a well stocked bar and even an attached burger bar. The only downside being the poor lighting which had many of the bands playing in the shadows.

 

The dates have already been set for Dollfe5t which is the 28-30th September 2018.

 

 

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