CHARLEY FARLEY (PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)
Fuel is a small venue in the heart of Cardiff’s rock scene. Over the years, it has boasted appearance by names far bigger than its tiny stage. The walls are covered in posters of rock royalty past and present. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has been known to pull a few pints in the bar.
Tonight was to be the turn of Marco Mendoza as his all too brief U.K. solo tour was coming to an end with this being the penultimate show, leaving just London to go. Social media had done its work with the support act; we knew they had been well received at earlier gigs.
Black Cat Bones are from Liverpool, just across the English/Welsh border, yet, in their four years of playing gigs up and down the country, this was the first time they had made it to Wales. Playing to a small crowd, they entertained us with their own brand of heavy rock. On a stage which seemed too small to contain Jonnie’s wild moves they thrashed out some high quality rock from their 2 EPs. With some thunderous drumming and blistering solos they entertained us well before finishing the set with ‘The River’ - from their latest EP “Down to the River”. These guys have a raw and exciting feel about them and should be gracing at least one of the summer festivals in 2018. Clearly it’s been a great tour for them as their merch stall was a little bare which they apologised for telling us they had sold most of their stuff at previous shows.
Black Cat Bones are:
Jonnie Hodson (Vocals/harmonica)
Alan Rimmer (Guitar)
Adam Kerbache (Guitar)
Jamie Hayward ( Bass)
Ash Janes (Drums)
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After a short break, Marco Mendoza picked up his bass and worked his magic. It was disappointing to see such a small number of people there, but Marco loves to play anywhere. Although he has a long pedigree and is more used to stadiums and big venues, the smaller stage let’s him show you his jazz/blues/funk side. He flirts with the audience, encouraging participation from everyone. Marco hand picks the small group of musicians who support him on his solo tours - we have seen earlier tours bringing fabulous musicianship and this year is no exception. With Michael McCrystal (Tygers of Pan Tang) on guitar and John Macaluso (Yngwie J. Malmsteen) on drums they formed a tight trio giving us a show that was a real mix. Invited on stage during the set was Jack ‘JD’ Davies from local band Kane’d who toured with Marco earlier in the year for an impromptu jamming session. In between the tracks, Marco talked about his current and future projects. His two album worldwide deal and has a third solo album due out in the early part of next year. He is excited by that - clearly proud of the result. I can’t wait to hear it. As with every Marco show he left the stage and was happy to sign items, chat and have photos taken with every person in the club.
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