MASON HILL / BELLAROSE / RUM RUNNERS - The Mash House, Edinburgh - 07.09.18

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The Mash House in Edinburgh is like many venues in the city - a music venue in the evening and a nightclub into the wee small hours. Tonight, the venue plays host to one of Scotland’s most talked about bands Mason Hill. The band only recently returned to the limelight after penning new material for their long awaited new album and after appearances across the UK, tonight’s show was always going to see the band at their brightest.

 

This venue is little more than a large box with no bells and whistles but the acoustics in the room are excellent as evidenced by the first support act RUM RUNNERS. The band are difficult to stylise but their material is clearly rock with hints of blues, grunge and a dash of the melodic to provide the much sought after hook to their set.

 

The three piece staffed by Will Howard (Vocals/Guitar), Pete Lugg (Bass/Backing Vocals) and

Jim Shemilt (Drums/Backing Vocals) are comfortable onstage but with an almost no-nonsense look on their faces. Howard has range and great tone, Lugg doesn’t sit in the pocket - instead weaving melody into his bass lines and Shemilt is powerful and tasteful behind the kit.

 

They are loose in their delivery but that adds to the feel and vibe of the set. ‘One last Time’ is a slower track with powerful raises in tempo and attack and provides light and shade to the set list. The healthy crowd get involved early with dancers, hand clappers and friendly heckles adding to the atmosphere. ‘Heart on fire’  features a moody floor tom intro, picked dirty sounding guitar and a beautifully toned solo.

 

The band performed well, with steely eyed determination that would carry well into their performance the following night in the Stormbreakers battle of the bands. They are confident, talented and have a swagger in their groove that gets the thumbs up from me and the crowd.

 

Check this energetic band out here -

https://rumrunnersuk.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RumRunnersUK/

https://www.instagram.com/rumrunnersuk/

https://twitter.com/RumRunnersUK

 

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Second band of the night are another local band Bellarose. The four piece consists Aaron McCall (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Carron Miller (Lead guitar), Kieran Fergusson (Bass Guitar) and

Desmond Johnston standing in on drums whilst regular drummer Jack Gilchrist is off at Camp America.

 

Bellarose are contemporary in influence and are a clever choice for the line up, offering a contrast in terms of style to the main act whilst complementing them in terms of feel, attack and technical talent.

 

The influences in the material is interesting and possibly not what a rock crowd would imagine with some commenting on the shades of early U2 and even Big Country in what is undeniably fresh and original material. Miller’s guitar work is particularly strong and the band builds momentum as the set develops into a more rocky delivery, winning the hearts and minds of the now full room in front of them.

 

The band have a unique quality in their broad reach with a set that hits everyone in the room whether metal fan or indie aficionado. They are clearly experienced having earned their spurs on the road and importantly, they have a warmth that endears them to the audience. Their modesty is infectious and by the end of the set there is a room full of nodding heads and even the pint holders manage that glass in mouth trick to free their hands to clap.

 

Check out their socials here for more info -

https://www.facebook.com/bellaroseband/

https://twitter.com/bellaroseband

 

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Mason Hill have had a busy year since their now legendary gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut after what seemed like an age preparing new material. Appearing on the bill of Transmit alongside the legendary Queen and playing a blinding set at Steelhouse Festival, they have continued to draw attention and build a loyal fan base that has shown up in numbers for tonight’s show.

 

Talking with the band before the show, they continue to be grounded and have maintained a healthy modesty that belies their success. Spawned from a school band that ultimately saw the final line up forming, they are polished, confident and enjoy the live experience so tonight was always going to be a tour de force.

 

James Bird (Lead Guitar), Marc Montgomery (Guitar), Matthew Ward  (Bass Guitar) and Craig McFetridge (Drums) step onstage to a thunderous welcome once Scott Taylor (Lead Vocals) delivers his haunting opening complete with broad smile and pitch-perfect delivery.

 

The band’s only released work is now a few years old and there is an optimism for the release of their long awaited album but those present tonight are treated to a range of new material. The older material from their 2016 EP is the foundation of the band however, and the fact that the room sings along with tracks such as ‘Where I Belong’ is testament to its quality. This track in particular carries a weight of meaning as Taylor dedicates the song to the passing of a family member.

 

The new songs are the talk of the bar before the gig and the mention “We’re releasing something soon,” receives a raucous response but with the caveat that what would be released can’t be revealed. If any of the new songs deserves that accolade then it must surely be ‘Against The Wall’ for a number of reasons. The musical delivery is out and out power mixed with emotional lyrics that hint that the band are not to be put down and will fight for what they deserve.

 

Staple classics ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Survive’ will always survive the test of time and again have a sing-along en-masse that is truly moving. The guitar work, solid rhythm section and vocal delivery are consistent and wonderfully professional - surely the reason this band will also survive that test of time too.

 

The band have always included a cover or two in their set and even with such an arsenal of new material, the cover of ‘Cochise’ remains in the set. This is well received and the fact it remains is largely down to the expectation of the fans but it is clear that the band simply love playing it. The energy in the delivery is palpable and provides a shot of adrenalin to close the night.

 

As the band say their thank yous and spend time chatting with fans, signing autographs and posing for photographs, there is a buzz in the room. That buzz was created and earned through a performance that was possibly the best I have seen the band deliver in as many years.

 

The future is bright and the sun is rising behind Mason Hill.

 

Check them out here -

https://www.facebook.com/masonhillofficial/

https://www.masonhillofficial.com/

https://twitter.com/masonhillband

https://www.instagram.com/masonhillofficial/


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