FEDERAL CHARM / THE BAD FLOWERS / THOSE DAMN CROWS - The Deaf Institute 24.09.18

ANNE ESTELLA

PHOTO CREDITS: SHANNON LANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I could offer just one piece of advice to gig-goers, it would be to never, ever underestimate the support act, or you could run the risk of missing out on something seriously special. Opening up for THE BAD FLOWERS and FEDERAL CHARM on their eleven-date Planet Rocks Presents tour, Bridgend quintet THOSE DAMN CROWS arrive at Manchester’s The Deaf Institute, ready to set it alight.

 

Their set gets off to the perfect start with the storming riff-driven opener ‘Don’t Give A Damn’, which immediately grabs everybody’s attention. Captivating singer Shane Greenhall yells “Manchester are you with us?” before tearing into the next foot-stomping song, and as the band deliver one powerhouse number after another - largely from their forthcoming new record, ‘Murder And The Motive’, it’s obvious from the crowd’s reaction that they are gaining new fans at a rate of knots.

 

The five-piece is in seriously good shape musically, each member looking confident, sounding tight and firing out rousing choruses, exemplified most satisfyingly by their closing song ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead’. “Manchester, do you love rock ‘n’ roll?! We fucking love rock ‘n’ roll and we’ve got a song about it!” The rebellious fun-filled anthem is sung back to the band with impassioned attitude by an audience who are by now so warmed up you could fry an egg on them.

 

As the final song comes to a roaring close, the crowd neatly separates down the middle, rather like how I imagine the parting of the Red Sea. Greenhall gazes down, about to take a giant leap, as if the stage were on fire! There’s never been a shortage of outstanding musical talent emanating from Wales and I’ve witnessed an increasing quota of modern Welsh rock bands making their mark on the scene in recent years. From what I’ve seen tonight, THOSE DAMN CROWS fully warrant being included in those ranks.

 

Those Damn Crows are:

Shane Greenhall - Vocals
Ian "Shiner" Thomas - Guitar
David Winchurch – Guitar

Lloyd Wood – Bass

Ronnie Huxford - Drums

 

Setlist:

Don’t Give A Damn

The Fighter

Someone Someday

Fear Of The Broken

Behind These Walls

Blink Of An Eye

Breakaway

Rock n Roll Ain’t Dead

 

Murder And The Motive is out on 5th October 2018 and can be pre-ordered now at www.earache.com/crows

 

Links:

www.thosedamncrows.com

https://www.facebook.com/thosedamncrows/

https://twitter.com/thosedamncrows

https://www.instagram.com/thosedamncrows/

 

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Ensuring that the fire continues to rage, Cannock-based trio THE BAD FLOWERS have hooks and choruses to burn. An early highlight of the set is ‘Lions Blood’, from their acclaimed new record, Starting Gun. The floor is bouncing under our feet as the power trio play with the presence and impact of a band twice their size. I’ve seen The BAD FLOWERS live before and Tom Leighton’s vocal range just keeps going from strength to strength. His performance is energetic and dramatic, but the unique personalities of all three musicians are able to shine through in equal measure.

 

Karl Selickis could not only drum for England, but he’s thoroughly mesmerising to watch too, with arms and hair flying, wild headbanging and impressively hypnotic drumstick spinning, he would surely be my number one choice of drummers in my dream ‘New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR)’ supergroup. Another highlight is promptly delivered with the brilliant ‘Let’s Misbehave’, in which Leighton’s distinctive vocals sound incredible. The band treat us to an early airing of their brand new song ‘I Ain’t Ready Yet’ (which is due to be released on a new album next year), whilst ‘Can You Feel It’ and the popular single ‘Thunder Child’ both go down a storm.

 

The set is wrapped up by ‘City Lights’, as the band’s pounding percussion and epic signature sound threatens to blow the roof off! There’s one insatiable sing-along chorus and stream of thumping drumbeats after another before Selickis stands up to huge cheers and applause. Somebody in the audience comments that The BAD FLOWERS were so good that they almost wet themselves! Which is surely a compliment of the highest order.

 

The Bad Flowers are:

Tom Leighton - Guitar/Vocals
Dale Tonks - Bass/Vocals
Karl Selickis - Drums

 

Setlist:

Intro

Hurricane

I Don’t Believe It

Lions Blood

Be Your Man

Secrets

Let’s Misbehave

Who Needs A Soul

Yonders Wall

I Ain’t Ready Yet

Can You Feel It

Thunder Child

Rich Man

City Lights

 

The new album Starting Gun is out now!

 

Links:

http://www.thebadflowers.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/thebadflowersband/

https://twitter.com/thebadflowers

https://www.instagram.com/thebadflowers/

 

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This is a hometown show for FEDERAL CHARM, making this gig a particularly special night. The Stockport-based five-piece come out looking both edgy and dapper; long-haired singer Tom Guyer looks sharp in a three-piece suit and his bandmates are sporting smart jackets and/or waistcoats. Sass and free-flowing energy radiate from Guyer as soon as the echoes of ‘Swing Sinner’ kick in and sparks began to fly off the stage. It’s easy to forget how small The Deaf Institute actually is when you’re faced with a band that sounds like they’re playing an arena.

 

For most of the set, I forget that the effortlessly cool, hip-swinging singer is relatively new to the band. His vocals sound even more powerful than I expected and he sings with such soul, passion and conviction, that his life could have depended on this one performance. Everybody plays their part in contributing to the harmonious sound, throwing their own individual characters into the mix, which makes the interaction and on-stage chemistry between band members utterly infectious.

 

 

Introduced as ‘The band’s Italian Stallion’, bassist L.D. Morawski is as steady and calm as a tranquil oasis, whilst guitarist Paul Bowe, looking like he’s about to explode with excitement, draws everyone in with an assured and electrifying performance. ‘Choke’, the first single lifted from the new album, ‘Passenger’, with its swaggering riffs and catchy chorus, is a climactic moment that nobody can resist and musicians and fans alike are wilfully lost in its compulsive rhythm.

 

The crowd, encouraged by Bowe, enthusiastically clap their hands above their heads as Guyer shouts “Every night of this tour just keeps getting better”! Closing out in the glare of frenzied strobe lights with ‘Gotta Give It Up’, the band leave a blazing trail, having stretched the limits to breaking point with the kind of hook-laden bluesy rock that reaffirms to everyone present what THOSE DAMN CROWS have been saying all along – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll (sure as hell) Ain’t Dead’!

 

Federal Charm are:

Tom Guyer - Vocals
Paul Bowe – Guitar

Mark Davies - Guitar
L.D. Morawski - Bass
Josh Zahler - Drums

 

Setlist:

Swing Sinner

Guess What

Can’t Rule Me

Death Rattle

Master Plan

Choke

Get Through

Nowhere Is Home

Halo

Silhouette

Parting Words

Speak Out

Gotta Give It Up

 

The new album Passenger is out now!

 

Links:

https://www.federalcharm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/federalcharm/

https://twitter.com/federalcharm

https://www.instagram.com/federalcharm/

 

 

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