HARDLINE / ICONIC EYE / THE NEW BREED - The Robin 2, Bilston 13.07.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM
(PHOTO CREDITS: LINDZRS MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

I think most will know that The Robin is one of my favourite live music venues in The Midlands and the line-up for tonight’s gig continued to cement this.

 

As we all queued up, patiently waiting, a buzz of excitement was definitely building for not just the headliners Hardline, but also for their support bands, Iconic Eye and The New Breed.  Iconic Eye are a firm favourite with melodic rock fans in The Midlands and a great choice as are The New Breed whose latest single I was familiar with after hearing it on our Podcast.

 

As the room began to fill up, The New Breed took to the stage which was absolutely full of kit – 2 drum kits, amps, mics and the 5 guys packed themselves in tightly to begin their set.

The band from the North West took full advantage of their time on stage with their brand of rock clearly infused with vibes of ‘80s but with a fresh twist of zing. Solid vocals from J Michael Ward held the crowd as the 3 guitars riffed, fuzzed, buzzed, soared and pulsed their way through the songs powerfully and rhythmically abetted by some cracking drumming.

 

This band will have a big future based on what I saw and heard. Enthusiasm and talent are in evidence but it’s the quality of the songs with catchy lyrics and memorable melodies that caught the crowds attention.  Great job and really nice friendly guys too!

 

Check out the band and their music, including their recent single ‘Get Some’, on their social media and website.

https://www.facebook.com/thenewbreedmusic/

http://www.thenewbreedmusic.rocks

 

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With more room being made on the stage, Iconic Eye were met with rapturous applause and cheers. The band have made considerable headway since the introduction of vocalist Jane Gould and the new album, ‘Into The Light’ is full of solid melodic rock songs which transfer to a live setting very well. Jane, paying tribute to lead guitarist for the night Neil Fraser, a familiar face to many, who had stepped in for the very poorly Robin Mitchard (Get well soon Robin!), and after only a couple of hours of rehearsal had nailed the set admirably.

                                                                 

A beautifully performed ‘Black Country Lady’ was a stand-out moment for many as was the final song ‘Now That I Found Love’. Always a pleasure to see these guys on the bill as they always deliver spot on vocals, tidy musicianship and great songs. The band seemed to really enjoy themselves too – smiling and performing to the highest standard.

 

https://www.facebook.com/iconic.eye.music/

http://www.iconiceyemusic.com

 

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The night was panning out very nicely with the anticipation of the headliners heating up the room as everyone pushed closer to the stage. The lights went down. The PA’s kicked in as Hardline took to the stage. A couple of new faces, Marco di Salvia (drums) and Nic Iazzi (bass)  filling in for Anna and Francesco but knowing how professional everyone in the band is, no one was going to object.

 

Alessandro Del Vecchio has to be one of the most talented figures in the melodic/hard rock world (singer/songwriter/keyboard player/producer) and just his stage presence takes the heat up another notch or two – cheers and applause ringing out around the room. When Johnny walks on to the stage this becomes a roar! We have now hit a tsunami of sound as the wall of beautiful noise floods the room, every corner reverberating with the music. The room is bouncing with energy infectiously spreading from the stage. My attention is grabbed by Marco on the drum kit, such a visibly extravagant drummer but ferociously good, he’s a one man show – flamboyantly playing the songs but the flamboyance doesn’t detract from how good his playing is! Wow epic! Gioeli has one of the best voices you could hear live, he never misses a note and has a power that would run the national grid for a month.

 

Tonight is part of the 25th anniversary tour of ‘Double Eclipse’ and the set list is packed with crowd favourites. Kicking things off with ‘Where Will We Go From Here’, Johnny’s vocal is expressive and tuneful, Alessandro’s backing vocals filling things out. ‘Takin’ Me Down’ continues the melodic marvellousness and packs a punch in the rhythm stakes. The songs kept coming including the fabulous ‘Human Nature’, the clarity of Gioeli’s voice accompanied with the purity of Del Vecchio’s piano opening was stunning. The variety of pace from ballad to hard rock made the set interesting. Mr Di Salvia treated us to a very entertaining drum solo – Yes I did say entertaining, the guy’s a demon behind that kit.

 

‘Take You Home’ and ‘In the Hands of Time’ kept the music flowing. Some stories around the songs as an introduction to them were great to hear and fever pitch was reached with ‘Hot Cherie’ the crowd singing along to every word. No one wanted the band to leave the stage and the feel-good factor was palpable all night – so many good songs, such a fun night finishing with crowd favourite ‘Rhythm From A Red Car’.

 

A better Melodic Hard Rock band live would be hard to find. It was a hot and sweaty night, I had no voice left after singing along all night but I just had to have their songs on in the car driving home, something I rarely do after seeing a band but I’d enjoyed it so much.

 

This was the second gig I’d been to this week and both had been really well supported and both had been amazing nights.  Treat your senses, buy the tickets, buy the merch and continue to support great live music!

 

Check Hardline out on their website and Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/hardlineofficial/

http://www.hardlinerocks.com

 

Hardline are:

Johnny Gioeli – vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards and backing vocals
Mario Percudani - guitars
Anna Portalupi – bass (Nic Iazzi at The Robin)
Francesco Jovino – drums (Marco Di Salvia at The Robin)

 

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