THOSE DAMN CROWS with support from Tomorrow Is Lost & Ravenbreed - The Patriot, Crumlin 16.03.18

CHARLEY FARLEY

(PHOTOS BY MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

The Patriot Rock club is getting a reputation for putting on some amazing bands and tonight was no different. With only a handful of tickets left for sale on the door, Those Damn Crows first headline show had attracted a big crowd and by the time the first act were ready to hit the stage the show had sold out.

 

First up were Cardiff based Ravenbreed, a four piece band who had formed in January of this year.  I’d heard their single ‘Insult’ and it had piqued my curiosity so I settled in to see what these guys could do. They didn’t disappoint with their heavy and catchy sound, mixed with Warren Allen’s vocals which at times sounded like Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry, had the crowd hooked.  For a band that had been together such a short time they have huge potential. Playing tracks from their forthcoming EP ‘Hallowed’, which sound like they are influenced by some of the bigger artists on the circuit but retaining their individuality in their own material, their short set was well received by the packed Patriot. Ravenbreed are a band I strongly suggest you check out after this great set.

 

Set List:

Polaroid

Insult

Told You Twice

All I Ever Did

Lonely

Falling Away

 

RavenBreed are:

Warren Allen - Vocals

Mickey Watkins - Guitar/Vocals

Ross Formosa - Bass

Oli Watkins - Drums

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravenbreed

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ravenbreed

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ravenbreed

 

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After a brief kit change, Tomorrow is Lost took to the stage. Having travelled down from Newcastle there was no sign of any fatigue as they started their set with the usual high energy that they bring to every performance. Cass King has an amazing vocal range and the dual harmony guitars of Joe McDermot and Ryan O’Hara create a rich texture laid down onto the solid bottom line of Adam Clements and Max Mckenzie.

 

They have only been together as a band for just over a year, yet they have a well practiced stage act, with not only the music making an impact but also their seemingly choreographed stage act. Playing a set of original tracks including their singles ‘Insane’ and ‘We Are The Lost’ the Patriot crowd showed their appreciation for another good up and coming band. This is another band that I urge you to check out.

 

Set List:

She Knows

Elastic Heart

Man Within His Mind

King of Swords

Insane

No One Knows

We Are The Lost

 

Tomorrow is Lost are:

Cass King - Vocals

Joe McDermot - Guitar

Ryan O’Hara - Guitar

Adam Clements - Bass/Vocals

Max McKenzie - Drums

 

Website: https://tomorrowislost.com/home

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

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/tilband

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tomorrowislostofficial

 

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With a little time taken by the main act to run through a brief soundcheck, the packed crowd were well up for Those Damn Crows first headline show. I’ve seen these guys a few times but hadn’t realised that they always been a support act. Smashing straight into ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ the band had the crowd jumping from the very off. One blistering song after another had the crowd singing along, dancing, screaming this was going to be a blinder of a set.

 

Shane took a short break from the relentless rock to say that they were going to debut a few new songs from their forthcoming EP and jokingly said “It’s our show and we can take our time and play the whole album, twice if we like,” much to the crowds liking. ‘Say It To My Face’ and ‘Go Get It’ are two of these new tracks and they are slightly heavier with a grungy feel, with a slightly angry feel to them. This was the first time they’d been played outside of the rehearsal room and studio and we felt honoured that we got to hear them.

 

Shane looking as confident as ever, Lloyd playing to the audience as always, David and Shiner looked so relaxed playing their parts almost as if this was a rehearsal and Ronnie behind the kit as animated as ever standing every now and then to encourage the crowd if they became a little quieter. As I said a little earlier this was their show so they could take time to play their album ‘Murder and the Motive’ almost in its entirety, even adding a track ‘Going Down’ which isn’t destined for the EP or on the album which is a shame as it’s a good track.

 

Without needing to introduce what is vastly becoming the Crows anthem the unmistakable intro of ‘Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead’ whips the crowd into a further frenzy with them jumping and blasting out the lyrics. ‘Behind These Walls’, the next new track to be played, starts a little slower and I think it’s awesome, followed by ‘Devil in My Pocket’ a track that we’ve heard before and really shows that 2018 is Those Damn Crows year. Continuing with another of their fans favourite singalong tracks ‘Blink of an Eye’ with the crowd taking over vocal duties in the chorus.

 

Shane takes time to thank Ravenbreed and Tomorrow Is Lost for opening their show, The Patriot for hosting and the crowd for coming out. Closing the show with ‘Breakaway’ and ‘One of These Nights’ the Patriot crowd showed their appreciation of a great night with huge applause and chants of “We Want More”. Unfortunately time was up and although they couldn’t play anymore tracks, all three bands hung around chatting with the crowd, happily signing any items and taking part in loads of selfies.

 

Set List:

Don’t Give a Damn

The Fighter

Someone Someday

I’ll be Coming Home

Say It To My Face

Go Get It

Fear of the Broken

Killing Me

Going Down

Seven Days

Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead

Behind These Walls

Devil In My Pocket

Blink of an Eye

Breakaway

One of These Nights

 

Those Damn Crows are:

Shane Greenhall - Vocals

Ian 'Shiner' Thomas - Guitar

Ronnie Huxford - Drums

Lloyd Wood - Bass

David Winchurch - Guitar

 

Website: http://thosedamncrows.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thosedamncrows/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thosedamncrows

 

 

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A special mention must go out to Angela and the team from the Patriot who cannot do enough for everyone who walks through their door. They have big plans for the venue and have invested heavily in the place since our last visit, new stage, new back line and some fantastic lighting that larger venues would be envious of. Their ethos is similar to Down The Front Media’s which is to promote new music and to keep live music very much alive.

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