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A lovely evening for a drive over to Stoke for 3 excellent bands at one of my favourite live music venues so the night began well.
Formed in Worcester in 2012, THE LOVED & LOST were first on the stage and I was looking forward to hearing them after hearing their EP ‘Drag Me Down’.
Hard Rock Symphonic edged metal is right up my street, combine that with great lyrics, a powerhouse of a low end and a dynamic guitarist and that delights my ears and makes me smile. Looking around the room, I was not the only one smiling.
Jordan has an enigmatic stage presence. She delivers on the melodic front and can belt out the notes when appropriate. A very measured delivery giving the lyrics the right amount of emotion to convey their meaning whilst allowing the music to carry the rhythm. The rhythm more than adequately provided by Jack on bass and Sam on drums while supple reaching riffs were faultlessly provided by Dan.
Not having a huge number of people in the room can sometimes be off-putting but the band gave it their all regardless. Well done guys.
The Loved and Lost are:
Jordan Quinn - Vocals
Jack Bates - Bass
Dan Fletcher - Guitar
Sam Ward - Drums
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Tonight was definitely all about strong female fronted bands as EVENTUAL FATE took to the stage. The midlands based melodic metal 5 piece, brought the power with a shudderingly rumbling mix of bass and drums, gritty grimy guitar riffs and a room filling melodic powerhouse of a vocal from Gemma. I was seriously impressed by the tone of her voice, not only rich but capable of delivering the lyrics packed with expression and energy.
Lead guitarist Steve knows how to mix up the solos; soaring and clean through to noodling and grime ridden. Packing out the sound with rhythm guitar, James is precise and measured and complements both Steve and also Leisl on bass. Her playing is clean and definitely lays the foundation of the songs.
I love dynamic drummers and watching Jacob and listening to the consistency in his playing he really does hold the whole thing together.
The songs are well written, well-constructed and well played.
Back To Hell
Eventual Fate are:
Gemma Steele - Vocals
Steve Upperton - Guitar
Leisl Heath - Bass
Jacob Eccles - Drums
James Wooffitt - Guitar
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Time for the headliners, ICONIC EYE. I have been following the band for a number of years and love the quality of their songs. Clever hooks and melodies and the ability to weave in a catchy chorus seals their sound and makes them very watchable and listenable.
Frontwoman, Janey Gould has a clean vocal, very precise and multi-facetted. She annunciates the words clearly keeping her voice above the fullness of the music not allowing it to flood over her.
Starting as they mean to go on with ‘Am I The One’, from their new album, INTO THE LIGHT, intricate soaring guitar solos leap into to the room. ‘You Make It’ has bags of funk and groove running through it and the chorus is an ear-wormer. Many in the audience are familiar with this song as they add to the vocals with their own. ‘Those Tears’ has a wicked drum beat underpinning it from Jon Cooksey. I love dual guitar riffs and this track is riddled with them from lead guitarist Robin Mitchard and founding member Greg Dean.
‘Let It Rain Down’ has a classic AOR feel to it and the rumbling bass line from Michael Dagnell provides the grooves and measured riffage from Rob keeps the feel going. An appreciative crowd are here tonight with hand claps that help with the intro to ‘I Can Feel It’ before it explodes into a wall of snarling guitars and bit hit drums. The crowd join in with a singalong before the band slows things down with ‘Black Country Lady’ a song which was written in honour of Janeys grandmother. It is a lyrically emotional song and this comes across in the vocal and guitars. Nice job.
‘Better Place’ continues the songs from the new album. Snarling guitar driven opening which seems to fill the room and layers of vocals in the chorus have the crowd yet again joining in. ‘Now That I’ve Found Love’ is up-tempo and Rob and Greg thread in some great riffs.
‘Black Heart’ has a keyboard orchestral opening before the band surge in to complete the sound. This is my top track from the new album and I’m not disappointed with it live and the interaction with band and crowd makes it for me.
A cover of Jefferson Starship’s Jane suits our Jane’s vocal really well – she is able to vary the power and tone throughout. ‘Don’t Stop Me From Leaving’ slows the pace down again briefly and an
understated vocal adds some diversity to the evening which has been pretty full on. However, the track is rich in epic riffs and thumping bass. I really do like this song live. Very
‘Never Get Through The Night’ closes a very enjoyable evening of wonderful female fronted British bands.
Iconic Eye are:
Vocals - Jane Gould
Guitars and Keyboards - Greg Dean
Lead Guitars - Robin Mitchard
Bass - Michael Dagnall
Drums - Jon Cooksey
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