HEAVY PETTIN’ / ANCHOR LANE         The Cathouse, Glasgow, 16.10.18

Chris Stones

Photo Credits: MB Photos Scotland


It must be a quarter of a century since HEAVY PETTIN’s heady days that saw them draw international appeal for their radio-friendly, smile-inducing rock. Their appearance at Winterstorm in 2017 clearly spiked interest as they have set out on a tour that sees them head home tonight for a Glasgow show that will no doubt reignite memories of big hair and flamboyant outfits.


The support for the show was changed at the eleventh hour with ANCHOR LANE admirably stepping in for the night. The short notice is probably a good thing for the Glasgow four-piece who have only recently recruited guitarist Lawrence O’Brien to join Conor Gaffney (guitar and vocals), Matthew Quigley (bass) and Scott Hanlon (drums) as they will have the chance to play their first gig as the new line up.


Playing on a dark stage to a healthy crowd, ANCHOR LANE have a confidence that they have developed through a sparkling year that has had them playing at Download among other shows. O’Brien is equally confident and is particularly animated as he enjoys the space both physically and musically. It’s sweet to see the glances being exchanged between the band and it’s obvious they have bonded in the short time they have been together.


The band rely on the material from their EP but in conversation before the show, they have written new material that they hope to release in 2019. The EP material is still fresh however and delivered well with the usual energy and with that hint of youthful innocence that the road has failed to erode.
Next year will be a test for the band as they will have to maintain their momentum and strike while the iron is hot. The iron is likely to be really hot with the addition of O’Brien and the prospect of new songs being added to the live show. I’ll be watching intently....you should too. 


Here’s where to watch progress -


https://www.facebook.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://twitter.com/AnchorLane

https://www.instagram.com/anchorlaneofficial/

 

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HEAVY PETTIN’ has a legacy that is proven through the amount of punters who have filed into the Cathouse tonight. The demographic is what you’d expect of a band who enjoyed their greatest successes at a time when grunge was stamping on the hairspray tins of the 80s. The band take to the stage with a swagger and sway that exudes the confidence their support act carried. This is a different confidence though - they look and feel like they are in a bigger room playing to a bigger crowd. Not a bad thing.


The band may have changed over the years as you would expect but original members Gordon Bonnar (guitar) and Stephen ( Hamie ) Hayman (vocals) remain and are now joined by the solidity of Mick Ivory (drums), Jez Parry (bass) and Dave Aitken (guitar). The focus is clearly on putting on a show and there is very little in the set that isn’t entertaining with Hayman’s mic stand acrobatics providing some hair-raising moments for the band and indeed the front row.


With a full room and two of Scottish rockers GUN looking on, the classics from the 80s albums are delivered well with crisp guitars and solid rhythm. Bonnar drives his flying V well and the addition of a backing vocalist helps with the notes that were no doubt easier to reach in two decades ago.
The highlight of the night must surely have been 1985’s ‘Rock Aint Dead’ which has much of the crowd singing along. The melodies and anthemic approach to every track reminds of how the band were so popular back in the day but also begs the question why didn’t they go stratospheric. Regardless of that footnote in history, they still have ‘it’. What’s ‘it’?
Kick ass class....that’s what.


They aren’t all over social media but they do embrace Facebook over here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/heavypettinofficial/

 

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