SHIRAZ LANE / HELL’S ADDICTION / SHYYNE / DAMN DICE - The Redrum, Stafford - 31.08.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM

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Another fabulous night of awesome music beckoned at the Redrum. The venue is becoming a regular haunt for music lovers in the area as so many great bands are plying their sound at this small but good venue. A bit of a delay due to sound check running over but eventually a good crowd clustered into the room.

 

First up were DAMN DICE based in London but with band members from 4 countries, the band has 2 albums and an EP and have featured at many festivals and high profile venues since they formed in 2011.

 

The PA’s were put through their paces the second the band struck up, the music was loud, punchy, snarling guitars and top tempo skin smashing, a power house of a bass line and a melodic vocal. There is a confidence about the band and an ease in which they play. The songs sound good, the vocal is clear and melodic with easy hooks and sing a long chorus’s.  The sound that is coming from the stage has vibes of classic rock together with metal, some dramatic and intricate guitar solos enhancing the vocals from Alex Davidson. An energetic, dynamic performance despite the small stage giving the vibe that they really love to entertain and perform for the audience. The bands latest single ‘This Time’, the second released from their upcoming album ‘Thriller Killer’, sounded fabulous live, a really enjoyable set from the boys. I feel that their likeable personalities really came through the music and I will be catching them live again soon.

 

Damn Dice are:

Alex – lead Vocals

Wallis – Lead Guitar

Diego – Rhythm Guitar

Marco – Bass

Francois -Drums

 

Check out the band on their social media http://www.damndice.com/

https://www.facebook.com/damndice/

 

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80’s classic rock with a twist of glam and sleaze perfectly describe next on the stage band SHYYNE from Wolverhampton. Singer Toni Gale is not a shy sort and plays to the crowd as the band play through their set including their last single ‘Shut up’ which has the crowd joining in. ‘Goodbye To the World’ and ‘Feelin’ Fine’ continued the tunes as the band kept the feel good factor going.

 

Mark Wilkins plays a blistering guitar as he shreds in cleverly measured doses and Matt Freeman grabs your attention with some grooves on the bass. Consistent solid drumming from Bev completes a really well-honed sound. This is a clearly hardworking band whose sound is tight with consistent gigging. I enjoyed their set more than I had anticipated.  Awesome job!

 

http://www.shyyne.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SHYNE.WV1/

 

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I have seen HELL’S ADDICTION many times and always look forward to their set. Tonight in such a small venue I am sure they are going to be loud and as they opened up their set it was clear that my ears were in for an absolute treat.

 

The sound mix was awesome and the pulsing from the bass instantly punched you in the stomach. The band opened with ‘We’re On Fire’ and they certainly sounded true to the title, lashings of solid hard rock with a hard and heavy vocal matched in its entirety by snarling guitars and up-tempo tub thumping, punctuated with hair flicks and screams. Bloody wonderful! The huge vocals of Ben Sargent flood the room with the rampant guitars providing the roar and the drums providing the boom. For all the stress of the sound guy prior to the evening, he has this bang on. ‘What You Gonna do?’ and ‘Backs To The Wall’ keep the mountains of music streaming. Dual guitar riffs and roars add buckets of interest to every song. I need more of this band in my life...

 

One huge highlight was a song performed for a fan who had travelled over from Europe to see the band play tonight. ‘Hells Bells’ could have been written for them, it sounded so good.

 

‘Time Has Come’, ‘The Way I Feel’ among the tracks chosen to continue the solidity of the set. The band were all on fire tonight and a tough act for Shiraz Lane to have to follow.

 

Hell’s Addiction are:

Ben Sargent - Vocals

Liam Sargent -Guitar

Dan Weir - Guitar

Jason Green - Bass

Luke Morley - Drums

 

https://www.facebook.com/HellsAddiction/

http://hellsaddiction.com/

 

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So, to tonight’s headliners SHIRAZ LANE, who are playing a few headline gigs in the UK on their Carnival Days Tour which will take them all over Europe. The Finish rockers take up the challenges set down before them from the earlier bands of this evening in spectacular style. Hennes Kett has so much melody packed into his high ranging voice, delivering the opening song, ‘Carnival Days’, the title track to their new album, to cheers and applause. Explosions of guitars and flamboyant drumming, meaty riffs filled out with funky grooving bass from Joel Alex. Jani Laine on lead guitar doesn’t just hit those riffs with ferocity and dexterity but is also very visual playing to the crowd, hair swishing and eyes closed, loosing himself in the music. Miki Kalske on Rhythm guitar adds to the huge guitar sound with ease as Ana Willman bangs up a storm on the drums, smashing in the tempo with some force.

 

The more the band play and sing the more I am drawn to them, they definitely have Skid Row influences mixed with Guns and Roses and classic ‘80s rock but that is where any similarity ceases, just a vibe, Shiraz Lane feel very genuine. ‘Wake Up’ followed by ‘The Crown’ continue to impress me with the melodies and flood of music which is so consistently good. These guys are young but seem to have certainly had the live experience playing all over the world and honing their craft to adapt to any venue. Heavy riffs, sleazy undertones, vocals which do remind me of Seb Bach back in the day with the pitch and tone but Hennes really does have his own style, he can switch from pop vibes to hard rock within a note or two. 

 

“Come on we’ll hit you like a tidal wave” sings the band and they really do. ‘Tidal Wave’ is one of my favourite tracks and the crowd sing along an obvious favourite of theirs too. ‘Mental Slavery’ has a similar reaction from the crowd. I think the band seem genuinely surprised that the crowd know the words. Each song has a consistency throughout, strong well-constructed music, catchy lyrics, sing along chorus, soaring solos, thumping bass lines, I love it! Finishing the night with another huge sing along tune, ‘People Like Us’ , there has been a party vibe in the air all night and I’m sorry it’s finished. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/ShirazLane/

https://www.backstagerockshop.com/collections/shiraz-lane?ls=en

 

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Another fabulous night at the Redrum, nothing to criticize, all bands were different and made for an entertaining night.

 

Check them all out on their social media platforms, support live music and buy the merch.

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