RPM TAKEOVER TOUR - THE ROCKET DOLLS / RYDERS CREED / EMPYRE - Yardbirds, Grimsby 03.05.19
PHOTO CREDITS: CECIL PAUL STUDIOS
So, the clever people down at Rock People Management have decided to take a choice selection of their rock outfits on tour around the country. A total of eight dates are included which are spread rather nicely around the country thus maximising coverage and accessibility. It all starts tonight in Grimsby and ends on the 8thJune at Bannermans in Edinburgh.
The flyer advertises “Three or more killer bands each night” with a “Rotating headliner” at each of the dates. At the Yardbirds tonight we have THE ROCKET DOLLS, RYDERS CREED and EMPYRE on the bill. There’s a decent crowd in to see this offering too.
First up are Northampton based EMPYRE. There is no introduction or announcement, this four-piece band are just straight on stage, plugged in and straight into their first song ‘Drive’.
These guys deliver an extremely intense and thought out rock sound that showcases their musical ability as a unit. Songs range from subtle, almost ballad like to full on punchy, foot tapping, head nodding thumpers of songs.
Vocalist and guitarist Henrik’s vocals are clear, crisp and most of all engaging in content. He shows, as indeed do the band as a whole, his and their abilities when switching from the intense diversity within new song ‘Stone’ to the crunching upbeat current single ‘Too Little Too Late’. The band is musically tight, comfortable on stage, well-rehearsed and deliver a quality set.
A total of eight songs are delivered with each and every one a deserved addition and showcase of their talents. Finishing, after a small technical interlude involving a temperamental pedal board, with their next single, ‘New Republic’, they quite rightly received a large and deserved round of applause from the crowd.
EMPYRE have a new album out, ‘Self Aware’ on July 5th. Pre-order yours here - https://www.empyre.co.uk/preorder
Henrik Steenholdt - Vocals & Guitar
Did Coles - Lead Guitar
Grant Hockley - Bass
Elliot Bale – Drums
Next up are a five-piece band that have been making a few rumblings on the scene lately, RYDERS CREED. Formed in 2017 from the ashes of Black Rose Cadillac’, to which the song ‘Rise’ is later credited for being responsible for, the band, again to no announcement, simply walk on stage and tear into the opening song ‘On The Road’.
This is fast, frenetic heavy rock and screams along at a great rate of knots. Fronted by the rather enigmatic vocalist Ryan Antony, the band are bouncing around and thoroughly enjoying themselves, as are the crowd.
The set is based, quite rightly, on their excellent self-titled debut album with the exception of a rather nicely inserted blues jam which is used to introduce the band before crunching straight into the thunderous ‘Raise The Hoof’.
The set grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you along at quite a pace. There’s nothing slow or soft and certainly no fillers to the set. Everything is delivered with passion, belief and a big smile from all involved which resonates with the crowd.
Comments about the writing of a second album are gratefully received, especially with Ryan’s comment that “The new shit makes the old shit sound boring”. The debut album is certainly no slouch and has got the band noticed so here’s to listening to that new material in the near future. They have proved their worth with the debut so the next album possibly does need to be the step up/forward required.
Ending with the superb ‘My Life’ the band leave the stage to another warm round of applause and cheering.
The Band -
Ryan Antony - Vocals
Lee Spencer - Guitar
Myles Cooper - Guitar
Richard Clark - Bass
Lee Gilbert - Drums
Whilst these guys will be undoubtedly busy touring this year you can also see them at the Rocking The Bowl Festival in Sheffield on the 14th September 2019.
Website - https://rockinthebowl.co.uk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rockinthebowl/
The third and final band up on stage tonight are Brighton based, THE ROCKET DOLLS. This post grunge riff-based rock outfit are again straight onto stage and tear into their set at great speed with opener ‘Enthusiasm & Fumes’.
As part of a rotating headliners tour, being the actual headliner of the night, you need to be on form as the crowd will non-purposely look to you as “THE” headliner of the groups on stage.
THE ROCKET DOLLS are certainly no slouches, having been around since 2008, have an EP and current album ‘DeadHead’ out with album No.3 currently underway in the studio.
This experience shows and again, as with the first two bands, the band are tight and sound excellent. The energy levels are again at a premium for a solid delivery of songs. After just three songs, looking like he’s just stepped out of the shower, singer / lead guitarist Nikki disposes of his leather jacket to a bit of self-mocking.
Then it’s on with the show with the fast and powerful ‘Eyes’ followed by the likes of ‘I Can’t Go Back’ and ‘Stop The Dead Men’. The Yardbirds crowd is also treated to new song ‘Art Of Disconnect’ before the album titled ‘DeaDHead’ finishes things off.
THE ROCKET DOLLS have done themselves, and indeed the tour, a whole heap of good with a third solid set for the evening. Taking note of their first song, the enthusiasm and quality that THE ROCKET DOLLS display makes them yet another credible act on an already vibrant scene. Long may they and their music continue.
The Band –
Nikki Smash - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Benji Knopfler - Drums & Backing Vocals
Joe Constable - Bass & Backing Vocals
The Rock Peoples Management Tour idea is well devised and certainly worth a visit. The rotating headliners mean that almost every date will get something new and with a total of five bands involved with the tour, of which you will see no less than three on any given night, gives you great bang for your buck.
All three bands tonight brought their own music styles to the table, delivered their sets with 100% effort, involved the crowd and did themselves and the RPM Team proud. A job well done.
The Yardbirds gig was just £6 per ticket. Yes, for just the price of two pints in your local or a coffee & cake down the local bistro you can have an evening of spine crunching live music and fun.
The Northampton & Blackpool gigs are even free entry, thus giving you some extra to spend on band merchandise and beers. What’s not to like about gigs like these.
For a full venue listing of this short tour and the bands involved visit either –
Rock People Management - https://www.rockpeoplemanagement.com
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