STONE SOUR / NOTHING MORE - The Roundhouse, London - 18.06.18

KAHMEL FARAHANI

(PHOTO CREDITS: DON JACKSON-WYATT - THE DON PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Arriving an hour before the doors even open the line of fans is already snaking down the high street. Tonight’s show at The Roundhouse is sold out and it promises to be a hot one.


First up are Texas born alt-rockers NOTHING MORE, a four piece that sound like a mix of Hollywood Undead and Papa Roach. Shirtless frontman Jonny Hawkins faces a very decent crowd. It seems like the rhythm section is the real power house of the band - drummer Ben Anderson holds a heavy beat while bassist Daniel Oliver plays an upright bass with the rest of the band joining in pounding and flipping the bass guitar.


“Has anyone seen us before?" a few hands shoot up, “It's been a good year for us!” says frontman Jonny, “this song has gotten 3 Grammy nominations.” The band kick into recent single ‘Go To War’.


Frontman Jonny Hawkins addresses the crowd,  “We want to thank Stone Sour from the bottom of our hearts - this is about a girl I started an 8 year relationship with before I knew it wasn't right, this is about that struggle, it's called ‘Just Say When’”. With a tender unplugged intro before the drums kick in, the song sounds bizarrely like Coldplay! Their performance still gets a generally warm reception from the crowd tonight.


Nothing More bring out what looks like a mechanical pair of legs for another round of drum bashing. Their sound centres around percussion and the last song ‘Burn the Witch’ features a prolonged Blue Man group style drum battle where all 4 members take up a pad and bang away.They leave the crowd hungry for the main act.


Nothing More are:
Jonny Hawkins – lead vocals
Mark Vollelunga – guitar, backing vocals
Daniel Oliver – bass guitar, backing vocals
Ben Anderson – drums, percussion


Follow the band here:
http://nothingmore.net/
https://www.facebook.com/nothingmore/

 

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The last time I saw Corey Taylor was Halloween 2010 and it just so happened he was wearing a tutu the entire night. Tonight he is a little more restrained in his sartorial choices but he still packs the same hammer blow of a voice.

 

Entering to the intro of ‘I Can't Turn you Loose’, Stone Sour tears into new song ‘Whiplash Pants’. The heavy riffing of ‘Absolute Zero’ kicks off the first of many mosh pits and Corey whips out his confetti cannon and gives the crowd a few blasts! Drummer Roy Mayorga has so much energy it's exhausting just to watch him - surely one of the best drummers of this generation.


“There are some crazy mother fuckers in this city - I’ve been waiting a long time to say this again - how you doing London?” Corey continues, “Today is a perfect day and perfect weather”. He also gives the ongoing Football World Cup a shout out saying “Give it up for your fucking football team, but you’re mine now!” The Roundhouse is packed and sweltering as frontman Corey hurls and often spits water into the crowd, “You want some more?” Corey asks. A roar of approval goes up, the band kick into ‘30/30 150’ and the mosh pit swiftly goes nuclear. Corey comes back on stage with a lone guitar for the show stopping ‘Bother’ and the entire crowd joins him singing along.


"Wow it's moist in here” quips Corey, “I know some people have a problem with that word so I'm going to overuse it - it’s moist in here!". The band go back to their debut album with ‘Cold Reader’ before returning to newest album Hydrograd. “It's been 16 years we've been doing this and you're really the reason we keep doing this,” frontman Corey continues, “this song is about the spirit of rock and roll - too many people suck the spirit out of it so if you want to sing and dance your ass off you do it - this is called ‘Rose Red Violent Blue’” - It’s one of their greatest songs and a real highlight. ‘Made Of Scars’ is just brutal in the best sense, the twin guitars of Josh Rand and Christian Martucci cutting through all the noise. Ending the main set with the slow number ‘Through the Glass’ the band exits to massive applause, “Thank you so much London we love you!”

 

It's telling that the crowd chant " Corey, Corey!" to bring the band back for their encore. It begins with the thunderous chaos of ‘RU486’ and ends with the inflatables emerging for final song ‘Fabuless’. “Take care of yourselves and take care of each-other!” Corey tells the crowd as the band throw whatever is left onstage into the crowd from drumsticks to towels. It was a very hot, moist and fabulous show at the Roundhouse.

 

Stone Sour are:
Corey Taylor - Lead Vocals
Josh Rand - Guitar
Roy Mayorga - Drums
Johny Chow - Bass
Christian Martucci - Lead Guitar

 

Follow the band here:
http://stonesour.com/
https://www.facebook.com/stonesour/
https://twitter.com/stonesour



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