DIGITAL CRIMINALS / THIS ELEGANT CHAOS / FLOWERPOT - The Patriot, Crumlin 26.10.18
PHOTO CREDITS: ANTHONY JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY
We have waxed lyrical about how awesome we at Down The Front Media find The Patriot to be. We even wrote a badass article about it (see here: https://www.downthefrontmedia.com/down-the-front-media/articles/the-patriot-crumlin-south-wales/) and once again we find ourselves #downthefront for another night of live music. The 3 bands on the bill, DIGITAL CRIMINALS, THIS ELEGANT CHAOS and FLOWERPOT have been around the circuit doing great things, but could they pull it off on a cold night in Crumlin? Let’s find out…
Kicking off proceedings we had Bristolian Alt-Rockers FLOWERPOT, formally with an all-female lineup, but they’ve brought in new guitarist Tom back around July. First of all the sound was incredible. Props to soundman Dafydd for getting the mix spot on. The band threw themselves into an energetic set which contained quite a few tasty riffs from Tom, some intricate drum work from Jess and some downright filthy bass groove from Morgan. The tone of her bass was sublime. There was a slight technical issue during one of the songs which was dealt with very professionally by both band and crew. The title track of the new EP ‘Trouble’ (due out next year) had a killer guitar solo and a cool bass groove and they closed their set with ‘Bruised’, a real driving track complete with Dimebag inspired Whammy squeals. Vocalist Steph leads from the front with a captivating performance showcasing her powerful set of pipes. I get a touch of Gwen Stefani about her stage presence, it’s a little kooky but in a good way.
All in all, I enjoyed the grungy, alt-rock that FLOWERPOT brought to the party and would recommend you check them out.
Steph – Vocals
Tom – Guitar
Morgan – Bass
Jess – Drums
West Midlands THIS ELEGANT CHAOS were up next and brought a different sort of energy to the stage. Whereas FLOWERPOT threw in a lot of headbanging, THIS ELEGANT CHAOS threw themselves about quite a lot more. None more so than shirtless bass player Greg Boden. There was a chaotic energy about him, like the music he was playing offered him a chance to just release all his pent-up energy onto the stage. We had headbanging, constant trips to his knees, facial ticks, and a use of a magnifying glass that was attached to his mic stand. He’s a one-man stage show in himself. But this wasn’t just a one-man show by any means. Drummer Mark Beach plays with style and finesse, keeping the songs moving along with some cool beats and lashings of groove, guitarist Keith Armstrong uses his arsenal of effects to add plenty of colour and depth to accompany his heavy riffs and vocalist Stephanie Taylor has a haunting vocal. This was an intense set with a range of genres from punk, goth, rock and metal. The band utilise effects well to give a fuller sound and with the aforementioned chaos, THIS ELEGANT CHAOS are a band that are definitely ones to check out live.
THIS ELEGANT CHAOS are:-
Stephanie Taylor – Vocals
Mark Beach – Drums
Greg Boden – Bass
Keith Armstrong – Guitar / Vocals
Tonight’s headliners are DIGITAL CRIMINALS, a Dance-Rock band from Pontypool, and a band we have flirted with briefly, by playing the title track of their latest EP offering ‘Hell Yeah’ on Down The Front Podcast. I sort of knew what to expect going in, metallic riffs, lots of bass with an electronic undertone running through the core of the songs. What I got was so much more.
Playing their Dark Days Trilogy in full, we were treated to an absolute crushing evening of pure, unadulterated energy! All 3 bands tonight had so much groove to their music, but DIGITAL CRIMINALS took it all the way to 11. The guitar riffs of Dan Fry were tight, Aria Black’s bass pounded it’s way relentlessly into my chest and Jade Ball’s drums boomed and snapped with energetic bombast. But the band's not-so-secret weapon has to be frontwoman Emily Bates. Effortlessly delivering a set full of bravado, self-assured cockiness and a confident swagger all wrapped around a phenomenal vocal that was delivering line after line of hook-laden catchy melodies and raw power.
Bates got the crowd involved as often as possible, encouraging sing-alongs and even getting amongst them as she sang. The energy of the music that the band provide is such that you can’t help but move and the way Bates draws you into her performance is alluring and when she stares into your eyes you can feel every note, as it leaves her lips, bury itself into your soul. What a frontwoman!
The electronic elements and the textures used by guitarist Dan add a polished sheen to the overall sound but it’s when the band play straight up monster heavy riffs on top of a thunderous rhythm section overlaid with big vocals and bigger choruses, that the crowd get into it the most. Songs like ‘Hell Yeah’, ‘Move It’ and forthcoming new single ‘Just Jump’ had the crowd in the palm of their hands, whilst slower numbers like ‘Sleep When You’re Dead’ pulls you into the groove before hitting you with a bouncy chorus.
The crowd wanted more and for an encore, they performed ‘Just Jump’ again and this will be the next single and will have an accompanying music video too.
Another wonderful night spent at The Patriot with 3 bands I’d never seen live before, that I now want to see again, and who all blew me away for different reasons. When the songs are good, the bands are tight and the sound from the PA is awesome, then you’re always guaranteed a magical night of music.
FLOWERPOT, THIS ELEGANT CHAOS and DIGITAL CRIMINALS took the unfortunately small crowd on a journey of high energy, hard-hitting varying forms of rock music and I’m sure everyone went away smiling. I know I did.
Oh, and I must add for Emily – DIGITAL CRIMINALS are awesome. I want to be inside them.
DIGITAL CRIMINALS are:-
Emily Bates – Vocals
Dan Fry – Guitar
Aria Black – Bass
Jade Ball Drums
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