STORMBREAKERS - TOMORROW IS LOST / ALTERED SKY / EVERYDAY HEROES / RUM RUNNERS / SCARLET REBELS - Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate - 08.09.18

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Winterstorm festival has grown into a major event on the musical calendar with this year’s event selling out in record time. With a line up that includes The Dead Daisies, Magnum and local supremos Gun, this is a bill that would see many bands desperate to get their foot in the door.

 

That opportunity exists for up and coming bands in the shape of tonight’s Stormbreakers Battle Of The Bands event where two bands have the chance of securing slots at the festival. Last year’s Stormbreakers saw Anchor Lane win the night and go on to a main stage slot and it has clearly been a huge boost to the band this year with a slot at the holy grail of Download.

 

Polestar Music Management had an incredibly difficult task to select five finalists to fight it out at the Dreadnought, Bathgate tonight and the energy in the venue is electric as the night explodes into life.

 

TOMORROW IS LOST don’t take the stage with any lack of confidence, instead showing the judges that they put on a show. A performance in fact. First impressions count and it’s clear from the outset this five piece from the North East of England could easily fill the somewhat larger stage in Troon.

 

The line up of Cass King (vocals), Joe McDermott (guitar), Ryan O’Hara (guitar), Adam Clements (bass) and Marc Rush (drums) are energetic, polished and above all - play rock music that draws from the influences of classic NWOBHM bands and blends it with their fresh approach. Singer King exploits every inch of space on the stage and even steps beyond the stage into the crowd at one point, much to the delight of the gathered masses.

 

The melodic twin guitar approach of McDermott and O’Hara is of particular interest with some parts reminding of Iron Maiden, someone the pair admit as their greatest influence at the end of the show. The band have been working on their new EP which is hoped will be released by the end of the year and it’s great to hear new material being played during their set tonight.

 

As the band finish their set using every spare minute available, the first slot of the night has been one that had me saying to a friend “Follow that”.

 

Check the band out across social media here -

https://tomorrowislost.com/

https://twitter.com/TILband

https://www.facebook.com/tomorrowislost/

https://www.instagram.com/tomorrowislostofficial/

 

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ALTERED SKY have had less distance to cover to play tonight and the Scottish rock act aren’t put off by the quality of the opening act as singer Ana Nowosielska appears on stage to an intro tape, carrying a lantern and wearing a frankly terrifying mask that can be seen in medieval plague images.

 

The band strike up and Amy Blair (drums/vocals), Tara Behan (guitar) and Ross Archibald (bass) provide a canvas for the theatrical moves of their singer. Their material is engaging and has a commercial feel that must surely been at the heart of their considerable success during their 8 years on the road.

 

Nowosielska has a range to die for and she uses the space on stage to full effect whilst her bandmates focus on their slick output. That output is melodic, chunky and powerful with a confidence that has been developed in their not insignificant touring and live experience.

 

The band achieved what they set out to do and that was to play their hearts out. The response from the audience and fellow bands in the competition was impressive. The band are on the verge of releasing their second album and in the meantime, check their social out here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/alteredsky/

https://twitter.com/AlteredSky

https://www.instagram.com/alteredsky/

http://alteredsky.com/

 

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EVERYDAY HEROES arrived at the venue to play their first show in Scotland and they admit that doing so was as important to them as succeeding in securing a place at Winterstorm. That modesty wasn’t a factor when they stepped on stage and with a lot of chatter around the edges indicating these were a band to keep an eye out for, it was clear why.

 

The imposing figure of Luke Phillips (Vox/Lead Guitar) in cut off denim and cheeky smile draws attention as does the swagger of the music delivered by his bandmates Jay Haines (drums/backing vocals), Daniel Richards (rhythm guitar/backing vocals) and Lewis Watkins (bass/backing vocals).

 

Their broad influences ranging from southern rock to metal shine through but the stand out element is groove and feel. We recently reviewed their EP at Down The Front Media and their potential was referenced. That potential is clear to see onstage tonight as they plough through a set full of hooks and emotion.

 

This band must surely be one of the contenders tonight and their middle slot in proceedings has ensured the momentum of the night is maintained and the judges are already looking like they have a difficult task in choosing winners, such is the quality across the board.

 

Check them out before they step out of each of these smaller venues -

 

https://www.facebook.com/EDHbandUK/

https://twitter.com/EDHbandUK

http://everydayheroesband.co.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/everydayheroesofficial/

 

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Edinburgh act RUM RUNNERS arrived at the Dreadnought tonight fresh from a support slot with previous Winterstorm aficionados Mason Hill, the night before. This three piece have waited patiently on their slot and have been gracious enough to watch their fellow competitors through the night and give their encouragement despite the competitive nature of the night.

 

Will Howard (vocals/guitar, Pete Lugg (bass/backing Vocals) and Jim Shemilt (drums/backing vocals) fill the sonic space brilliantly and deliver riffs, hooks and melodies in every track. They are a particularly focused band who treat their work with a determined passion that comes across well on stage.

 

The band are honest in their approach to everything they do and when chatting with them, they are particularly grounded and grateful for the opportunity to play. That’s nice to hear and can only stand them in good stead as they continue their journey. They have a sense of humour too, something that is all part of the self care package in a band, and their admission that they are tired is said with tongue in cheek.

 

Check them out here -

https://rumrunnersuk.bandcamp.com/

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

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

https://twitter.com/RumRunnersUK

 

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SCARLET REBELS are the second of tonight’s Welsh acts who have driven forever seemingly and then shown great composure waiting to fill the final slot in tonight’s event. The band had previously been called V0id and had changed their name due to the confusion it caused. Their pedigree is impressive receiving significant reviews through the years and their current line up is set to maintain that momentum.

 

Chris Jones and Josh Townshend (guitars and keys), Wayne Doyle (vocals and guitar) Gary Doyle (drums) and Wayne ‘P’ Esmonde (bass) play straight forward rock music with blistering guitar riffs and beautifully constructed songs that are choc full of hooks.

 

The band could be excused for lacking energy when they stepped onstage after their journey and subsequent wait to play but that doesn’t show in their performance. Doyle acknowledges their adventure to get to Bathgate and the fact that they will be returning home after the gig but not for sympathy - instead to evidence they care about what they do.

 

If you like your music honest, then Scarlet Rebels are the band for you. They don’t sprinkle glitter on their music. They don’t pretend to be something they’re not and they deliver a quality of rock music that must surely have them contending for the slot at Winterstorm up for grabs.

 

Check them out here as they have a busy spell coming soon -

 

https://www.facebook.com/ScarletRebels/

http://www.scarletrebels.com/

https://www.instagram.com/scarletrebelsofficial/

https://twitter.com/scarletrebels

 

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As the bands mingle and take the opportunity to load out their gear whilst the judges deliberate, it’s clear that the bands have all played brilliantly and are all capable of the coveted slots in November. The wait for the results seems to take an age but it’s really only ten minutes before Winterstorm founder Ian McCaig takes to the stage to announce the winners.

 

With some debate amongst the crowd around who may be the chosen winners, previous winner Conor Gaffney, singer with Anchor lane is asked to present the prizes. First to be announced are the runners up Tomorrow Is Lost, the Newcastle act who had set the bar for the night with their opening salvo. Second to be announced were the winning act Everyday Heroes, the popular choice on the night. Their potential and simple likability as a band had clearly won over the judges aswell as the punters who had turned out. Scarlet Rebels were given the consolation of receiving a merchandise prize and this was well received by those present too.

 

As the bands congratulated each other and the room slowly emptied, it was obvious to those who had been at the show that the range of talent across the UK right now is significant and the five acts who played tonight were all winners as they are showcasing live music even when the rewards are difficult to find.

 

Winterstorm is sold out but there’s always next year and a little bird tells me that Stormbreakers will be back so watch out for it. Five great acts for less than a tenner? I think so.

 

You can find the Winterstorm festival and Stormbreakers on their social media pages here -

https://www.facebook.com/winterstormcoming/

https://www.facebook.com/StormBreakersUK/

 

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