SKINDRED / AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS / I SAW THE WORLD BURN - Tivoli, Buckley 15.11.18

TERRY MARLAND

PHOTO CREDITS: TERRY MARLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

On this tour SKINDRED are taking the opportunity to showcase some emerging new talent in their support slots. In all, 26 emerging acts will appear on their 32-date tour giving up and coming acts the chance to play established music venues. Tonight, I SAW THE WORLD BURN and AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS are the featured bands.

 

First up tonight is Metal band I SAW THE WORLD BURN. As they take to the stage for their 19:30 slot there is already a healthy crowd front of the stage, many wearing the bands’ T-shirts.

 

ISTWB use their 30-minute slot to good effect making every moment count. Fronted by Katie Cairns who gives a power-house performance on vocals, the band features the raunchy guitar of Ian Deaville and a thunderous rhythm section of Down The Front Media’s very own photographer extraordinaire Don Jackson–Wyatt on bass and Graeme Williams on drums.

 

From the opening number ‘Inborn’ the pace is relentless and all songs are delivered with precision and attitude.

‘Consensus’ and ‘Nullify’ have the crowd rocking and increasing in number as the word travels that something special is happening on stage.

 

The final song ‘Species Obsolete’ is an obvious favourite and is met with rapturous applause from the Buckley gathering. This is a band who know their craft, understand their audience and deliver on all fronts. A blistering set from a highly charged band who are surely set to grab headline billing in the not too distant future.

 

Their next gigs are:

29th November supporting ‘Sumo Cyco’ at the Live Rooms Wrexham

30th November- Scruffy Fest in Birmingham.

 

With form like this there are likely to be more dates added soon so keep any eye on Social Media sites for further announcements.

 

I Saw The World Burn are

Katie Cairns - Vocals,
Ian Deaville - Guitars/Backing Vocals,
Don Jackson-Wyatt - Bass,
Graeme Williams – Drums

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/isawtheworldburn/

https://twitter.com/ISTWB

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AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS know how to make an entrance, exploding onto the stage with set opener ‘Left Me for Dead” from the highly acclaimed ‘The Man with the Stars on his Knees’ album.

 

Front man Aaron strutting the stage resplendent in white shirt and braces gyrating with the microphone while delivering scintillating vocals. Bass man Mark Trail takes up a classic rock pose – bent knee on the monitor while gazing into the tightly packed crowd. Drummer Paul White stands up between drum roles surveying band and audience while guitarist Tom McCarthy paces the stage delivering sublime riffs. Guitarist and sister of Aaron, Laurie Buchanan remains controlled while anchored side of stage and seemingly keeping things in check.

 

There is no doubting that Aaron is the leader of the band but it’s evident that the ensemble IS given full licence to express their stage personas.

‘Fire Fire’, from Aaron’s Heaven’s Basement back catalogue delivers more accomplished musicianship and energetic stage manoeuvres. This is to be the formula for the set, a mix of current and not so current numbers delivered with flare. “Dancin' Down Below’ is met with whoops of approval from the audience before morphing into a medley of covers including ‘Paranoid’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’ much to the delight of the audience.

 

As the set draws to a close the showmanship is taken to a new level with Buchanan organising a walk across the shoulders of the front of stage crowd before being delivered back safely to the performance area.

 

Next Dates – Supporting Skindred:

24 November - Tramshed Cardiff

30 November - Engineshed Lincoln  

 

Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics are:

Aaron Buchanan - Vocals
Laurie Buchanan - Guitars
Tom McCarthy - Guitars
Mart Trail - Bass
Paul White - Drums

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheCultClassics/

https://www.wearecultclassics.net

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SKINDRED may be categorized as a Ragga Metal band, but in truth it is difficult to pigeonhole this unique blend of musical styles into one specific genre. There's certainly Rock, Rap, Reggae and Hip-Hop elements in there, all delivered with style and panache.

 

On stage, there is no doubting that front man Benji is orchestrating proceedings for both the band and the audience. From the opening number 'Big Tings' from the recent album of the same name, he has the audience in the palm of his hands encouraging them to dance to the music and sing along constantly recognising the contribution of the audience, christened the 'Skindred Choir' for the evening, as being ‘Amazing”.

 

It’s not all about the front man though. There is superb guitar from Mikey

Demus and a solid rhythm section from Dan Pugsley on bass and Arya Goggin on drums. 

The pace is relentless and the songs keep coming ramping the audience up with each number Particular high-spots being ‘Pressure’ Rat Race” and ‘Sound the Siren’.

 

The frantic pace slows momentarily for an acoustic and very poignant version of ‘Saying It Now’, a song inspired by the departure of a friend who dies before being told how much he is loved. Benji encourages the audience to settle family arguments and friendship differences while you can. It’s an effecting delivery and a very emotional section of the set that’s only spoilt by some members of the audience talking through it. Why?

 

The mood picks up immediately as all band members return to the stage for a thunderous version of ‘Kill The Power’ which has the Buckley crowd buzzing again.

 

For the encore, Benji returns in a shimmering jacket opened to reveal an ‘I SAW THE WORLD BURN T-Shirt reaffirming SKINDRED’s commitment to supporting new bands. The final song of the evening is their trademark, ‘Warning’. The audience know what’s coming and crouch down before springing up to swirl jackets etc. to perform the Newport Helicopter. It’s a startling sight and ensures the evening finishes on a high.

The band are touring until just before Christmas. Some dates have sold out but it’s worth checking social media for availability. You are guaranteed a rocking night out.

           

Skindred are:

Benji Webbe: Vocals
Mikey Demus: Guitar
Dan Pugsley: Bass
Arya Goggin: Drums

 

https://www.facebook.com/skindredofficial/

http://www.skindred.net

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