THE RADIO SUN / WALKWAY / GIN ANNIE - The Station, Cannock 16.03.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM

(Photo Credits: LINDZRS MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Three bands at The Station in Cannock on a cold Friday night in March? Oh go on then!

 

Especially when one of those bands happens to have not toured anywhere in the UK other than playing a few festivals. Australian band The Radio Sun have a following in the UK after a few years appearing at HRH AOR and I, for one, was really looking forward to seeing them with their full show. A sizeable crowd had gathered, some familiar faces from HRH who had obviously come to support the band and many locals who know a good line up when they see it.

 

GIN ANNIE were first to open the night’s entertainment with a blistering set of tunes. The hard rocking Midlands band certainly know how to heat up a room with a heavy set full of grimy riffs and melodic vocals. Dave Foster has a strong voice which rides high above the music with its power. Byron Garbett can really drive those riffs, smacking their way through the room nicely with Brian Green padding out the sound on rhythm guitar to the best effect, a thumping bass line from Phil ‘Hammer’ Burrows and Jack Ryland-Smith on drums solidly knocking the wind out of you with some ferocity. It was great to hear songs from their EP ‘New Bad Habit’ and new single ‘Fallin’.

 

Check out more form Gin Annie at:

https://www.ginannie.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GinAnnieUK/

 

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WALKWAY I had seen early last year and the set they delivered on Friday showed that they have progressed and grown with the release of their third album. The guys from East Anglia have a wide range of song styles from smacking hard rock to a lighter touch AOR. A nice tribute to Rick Parfitt with a rendition of the classic Quo track ‘Rain’ which Walkway have recorded on the ’Rock Remembers Rick’ charity EP and also appears on WWIII, was one of the highlights of their set.

 

Chris has a big range to his vocals but the star of the show for me is James on guitar, he is simply phenomenal, I said it when I saw them last and he has got even better, shoeless and engrossed in the solos, this guy can play and this is what drives the music in a special direction. Strong harmonies, shattering and soaring riffs and a colourful performance.  Finishing on a high with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ it was a job well done and enjoyed by the enthusiastic gig goers.

 

Find out more from Walkway at:

http://www.officialwalkway.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWalkway/

 

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Oz rockers THE RADIO SUN took to the stage amidst chatting and light-hearted banter.  The personalities of the guys shining through the haze of blue lights as the first of the tunes of the night reminded everyone that these guys are a rock band and a very good one at that.

 

Jason Old on vocals and guitar, Steve Janevski on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Gilbert Annesse on drums ably assisted by bassist Ant Wong, have stacks of songs in the locker.

 

With 4 strong albums to pick through, the songs are catchy, all full of flowing lyrics, soaring riffs and a thud of a rhythmic pulse kicking though every track. ‘Tell Me What You Want’, ‘One in a Million’, ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, ‘Wrong Things Right’... just some of the more familiar songs from their packed set which sounded amazing when performed live.

 

Hair products, cold sores, car journeys, stories all side splittingly funny and a “What do you want to hear next?” section brought out the bands ability to play and sing just about anything also leading to much hilarity. Bon Jovi, Queen, Whitesnake – no band was safe! I will stress again that despite the fun and frivolity of the guys, they are seriously talented musicians and singers, they are produced by and close friends with Paul Laine (Danger Danger) and his influence on some of the songs is audible.

 

With a promise of seeing us all again next year, the guys left the stage to chat and mingle with fans and friends in a relaxed manner and you could see by just how many people stayed to chat how popular this band is. A treat for all of us who were there.

 

Check out more from The Radio Sun at:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRadioSun/

 

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