WILDFIRE 2018 SHOWCASE INTROS:    Black King Cobra / Darkness Divine / Sauza Kings / Landslides - Audio, Glasgow 23.02.18

GAVIN ROSS (PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

LANDSLIDES are a 4 piece Alt-Electro Rock band who formed in April 2017, initially as a way of assisting lead singer Gary Graham with a university project, and have gone on from there to release a single and accompanying video entitled ‘Make Me Feel Something’. With plans to head back to the studio in march of this year to record their next single the band are doing their utmost to raise their profile.

 

They certainly will have raised that profile with the performance as the opening act at Wildfire Rekindled at Audio, Glasgow. Having played their first live gig in October 2017 the infancy of the band was well hidden as they powered their way through their set like seasoned professionals. Their usual bass player, Reece Dodds, was unavailable on the night and stand in replacement Mark Marshall slotted in perfectly for the evening.

 

Opening their set with the tracks ‘Accident and Emergency’ and ‘Manufactured Inspiration’ I was struck by the skill of the musicianship for such a young band. This became further evident when the band played their debut single ‘Make Me Feel Something’ with guitarist Jackson Lloyd fretboard picking in the style of Eddie Van Halen whilst retaining the youthful looks of a young Hank Marvin with his trademark glasses and white Stratocaster. For those that don’t remember Hank Marvin then listen to his early work as it was very under-rated and right up there with the best of the time.

 

With 4 songs left to play and the Stratocaster swapped for a Gibson guitar, the band continued solidly with ‘The Detectives’ and ‘Virtual Reality’  before taking a short breather to chat to the crowd and allowing the obligatory tuning break. This allowed the band to gather their remaining energy for the last 2 songs ‘Stand Your Ground’ and ‘I Want’ before taking their well deserved applause and leaving the stage.

 

I feel a bright future is ahead for this band and look forward to hearing further material from them.

 

Set list:

Accident and Emergency

Manufactured Inspiration

Make Me Feel Something

The Detectives

Virtual Reality

Stand your Ground

I Want

 

Band Members

Gary Graham - Vocals/Guitar

Jackson Lloyd - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals

Logan Whyte - Drums

Reece Dodds - Bass

Note: Mark Marshall on bass for this gig.

 

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Formed in March 2017, DARKNESS DIVINE are a 5 piece melodic heavy metal band based in Glasgow fronted by the enigmatic Toni Benedetti on vocals. Founded in March 2017 by guitarist Dave Fulton and Benedetti after the break up of their previous bands, they recruited Graeme McShane on guitar, Gary Mcneill on bass and John “Pinky” Martin on drums to complete the line up.

 

Having clear pride in their energetic live performance and their ability to engage with a crowd the band say that they have no one band that has been a massive influence and simply create catchy, melodic songs that span everything from acoustic ballads to relentless metal anthems which are accessible to everyone.

 

With only a 6 song set Darkness Divine had a short time to prove a lot to the eager crowd. They did not disappoint and immediately formed a rapport with those washing in their opening number ‘Mirror’.

 

A choice of a bright white dress for lead singer Benedetti was a wise choice on the very dark stage and, together with her excellent vocal prowess, made her stand out where others may have faded. The dual guitars of McShane and Fulton worked well with the band and their sound was, to me anyway, reminiscent of early Iron Maiden. In what could be described as an animated style, bass player McNeil provided solid backing during the set and drummer Martin is more than capable of holding his own during the heavier numbers.

 

The second track of the evening ‘Stronger Dose’ soon had the crowd bouncing, leading into ‘Crawling’ and then ‘Stranger’ before the band headed, without slowing down, towards the end of their set. The track ‘Thorns’ led into the astounding ‘Hyde’ which, if you happen to own a copy of the 2 track cd they had on the night, was the absolute standout of the set.

 

The band have plans to release some official music in the near future and I for one will be at the front of the queue to pick that one up when released.

 

Set List:

Mirror

Stronger Dose

Crawling

Stranger

Thorns

Hyde

 

Band Members

 

Toni Benedetti - Vocals

Graeme McShane - Guitar

Dave Fulton - Guitar

Gary Mcneill - Bass

John “Pinky” Martin - Drums

 

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The SAUZA KINGS took to the stage with their opening track ‘Remedy’ from their self titled debut album and wasted no time in getting down to business, soon having the crowd on their side with a blend of rock which is immediately likeable from the very first note.

 

Continuing on with another track from their first album, ‘One In The Same’, the bands style soon became very evident to the obvious pleasure of the crowd. The intensity of the music continued with ‘Dos Vedanja’ a track from their new album ‘Suo Loco’, before moving on to a somewhat slower blues based track called ‘Like a Dog’ from the same album which built into a rousing crescendo at its conclusion. This was the standout track of the set for me with some superb guitar playing and real feeling shining through.

 

With a strong stage presence and unusual custom Gibson guitar, vocalist Mark Burdett stands out with his distinctive voice as the band tear their way through their set. The remaining band members, Alex Burrell on bass, Steve Calvert on guitar and Dominic Hardy on drums, provide a fine backline and complement each other perfectly to form a tight 4 piece rock band who certainly know how to interact with the crowd in the live environment.

 

Staying with their second album the next track ‘Stone Machine’ was a return to the heavier sound of the opening numbers and soon had the ground rocking along once more. ‘Satellite Girl’ was to follow which sounded amazing live with perhaps a little influence of Motorhead hidden away in there but that is just my opinion. Finishing their all too short set with ‘Avangeline’ the band had acquitted themselves admirably and no doubt gained some new followers over the course of the evening.

 

Based in Fife, the band were formed when Eck Burrell got together with Mark Burdett who had moved to Scotland. Mark had previously replaced Steve Calvert in a band called BRADY COLE. Drummer Dominic Hardy joined the band after meeting Eck Burrell whilst they were both studying audio sound production at Fife college. One night Steve Calvert enquired as to whether a second guitarist would be welcomed and the Sauza Kings sound was sealed right there and then.

 

Musically their melodies stand out as does the musicianship, which is borne out when you realise that collectively the members have supported, amongst others, such luminaries as the Foo Fighters, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Buried Sleeper and Auxegen.

 

Set List:

Remedy

One In The Same

Dos Vedanja

Like A Dog

Stone Machine

Satellite Girl

Avangeline

 

Band Members:

Mark Burdett – Guitar & Vocals

Alex Burrell – Bass & Backing Vocals

Steve Calvert – Guitar & Vocals

Dominic Hardy – Drums

 

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BLACK KING COBRA are clearly going from strength to strength with each live performance. Describing themselves as a groove rock band, this Glasgow based band do no disappoint in the live environment and their skill as musicians is easily backed up by their latest single ‘Mr Dependable’ and with their previous 3 track EP, both of which are available to buy on the usual digital download sites.

 

The performance at Audio left no-one in any doubt as to their credentials and, although touched by a little sadness as this was the last gig for bass player Johnny Keel, the band assure me that the replacement bass player is just as strong. The band were very emotional during the set and this was evident as the crowd celebrated Johnnys announcement of “having a baby” as his reason for the departure.

 

Opening their 10 song set with the single ‘Blood Rush’, an already hyped up crowd instantly got into the Black King Cobra groove as the band continued through their set.

 

Vocalist Callum Moran, complete with black beanie hat and trademark scarf draped around his mic stand, shone with his vocals and seemed genuinely touched to be headlining this gig and with the reaction of the crowd. Discarding the hat, Callum led the band through song after song of well crafted vocals and guitar riffs all of which were backed up by rock solid drumming and bass playing from Ross Clark, Steve Todd and Johnny Keel. Guitarist Clark and bassist Keel were both dressed in mechanics boiler suits which was a nice touch, being a less than subtle nod towards the new job Keel has when he moves away and becomes a father.

 

Roaring through the tracks ‘Rusted’ and ‘Ball and Chain’ the band reached the almost half way point of their set with the stand out track ‘Ruin of Youth’ which switches from a very funk / blues sound at the start into a strong chorus, followed by a nice bass solo from Keel before Tasmanian devil guitarist Clark lets loose with his unique style of playing. The term Tasmanian devil, or perhaps whirling dervish, is apt as he twists and turns at speed playing flawlessly at the same time.

 

Having played their new single ‘Mr Dependable’ and moving towards the end of the set with the tracks ‘Grounded’ and ‘Harvest Moon’ Keel made his announcement to the crowd about his departure and, after this, the band seemed to increase their intensity making this final gig for Keel the best they possibly could.

 

Finishing of the set with ‘Wrack N Ruin’ and ‘Quake’ the emotion overflowed between Keel and vocalist Callum Moran and a touching embrace was followed by a group hug and the raising of Keel high in the air as the band left the stage to well deserved cheers and applause.

 

Set list:

Blood Rush

Rusted

Ball and Chain

Ruin of Youth

Shiver

Mr Dependable

Grounded

Quake

 

Band Members:

 

Steve Todd - Percussion

Johnny Keel - Bass Guitar

Ross Clark - Electric Guitar

Callum Moran - Vocals

 

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