FAHRAN / MALLEN / WITCH TRIPPER / QUIET THE THIEF - The Station, Cannock 20.10.17


Opening the evening’s entertainment was Stoke on Trent band, Quiet The Thief, a four piece heavy rock / stoner band.  They are loud and aggressive and played some great tunes from their EP, ‘Beyond Wonderland’ and debut album ‘Silent Screams’.   The band are Stig Chell (Guitar & Vocals), Neil Bailey (Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals), Robert Hussey (Drums) and Gaz Harding (Bass Guitar).  The Station was filling up rapidly and the crowd were very appreciative of this band.  Strong bass lines rumbling away under their fuzzy guitars and thudding beats.  A really good opener.


Firm favourite on the Live circuit is Witch Tripper, the three-piece from Mansfield, Nottingham blew the roof of The Station with their power and aggression.  Jimmy is one of the best and most visual drummers around at the moment and the guys, Richie – vocals and guitar and Stoff on bass, really did deliver a cracking full on hot and sweaty set of some tracks from their awesome first album and a couple of new ones, full of glorious riffs and thunderous rhythm. 


West Midlands band Mallen, with the stunning vocals of Kelly-Jane were next to take the stage.  The sweetness and strength in her vocal together with strong lyrics kept the rooms attention as the riffs ripped from the stage from the energetic band around her.   Dann, Rhys, Joe and Tom are tight, rhythm and riffs mashed together in perfect melodic energy.  Their sound has clear influences from Halestorm and Alter Bridge which impressed the crowd and there was a great deal of head nodding in appreciation.  An experienced band, they played to the crowd, their set list was ‘This Dream’ from their new EP,  and ‘Welcome to the Edge’, ‘Otherside’, ‘Legacy’, ‘Owes You Nothing’, ‘Own Worse Enemy’ and closed with the great ‘Jack Of Cards’.  A great hard rock band with a huge amount of experience and talent.  Check out their EP’s Ignite and new release 'This Dream'.


The final band of the night was Fahran, Matt Black, Jake Graham, Joshua Ballantyne, Chris Byrne and JR Fahran are a hard rock band from Nottingham and are a midlands favourite.  They have so much experience and it showed.  The sound was epic and not a bum note to be heard.     Despite a few issues on the opening song, ‘I Heard A Joke Once’, with the mic playing up, the band threw themselves into their mainly high energy, head banging, set. Matt has a cracking voice, strong, emotional, but can also deliver those softer ballads beautifully. The band are one of the best live bands to watch – hair flicks and riffs in abundance.  Two albums and another in the pipeline ensured that the set list was a full one.

‘I Heard A Joke Once’, ‘Cased In Steel’, ‘Long Gone’ ‘Take This City Alive’, Pyre’, ‘Some Kind Of Family’, ‘You Could Be Mine’, ‘State Of Mind’, ‘Back To Me’, ‘Black Mirror’, Storms We Ride, ‘Stay Alive’, ‘Ashes’ and closing with ‘A Thousand Nights’.


All four bands were superb.  So much talent in one room it was unreal.  Well done to the venue, the sound guy who was spot on and to the promoter for pulling together such a great night and hosting it in the Midlands hospitable manner. It is essential that music lovers continue to support these live venues and keep these wonderful nights happening.




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