Shyyne @ The Robin 2, Bilston – Sunday 9th February 2014


Review and photos by Lisa Billingham


It was yet another wet n windy evening … one which we have all become so used to in recent weeks and tonight the crowded Robin2 were expecting to feel the heat.

The gig was originally set for Molly Hatchet with Shyyne supporting but following the inclusion of German heavy metallers, Iron Horses, this meant that Shyyne were first on to wow the crowd, and wow them they did.

A local band from Wolverhampton, Shyyne play each gig as if it were their last. I have seen them several times now and they just get better and better. Tonight’s gig saw the debut of their new bass player, Jamie Downes (ex Diamond Lil / Winterstorm) who came to the Shyyne nest less than 6 weeks ago. It soon became quite apparent that Jamie had settled in so well you would never have guessed it was his first gig – the sound was so tight.


Listening to Shyyne you can certainly hear and feel the 80s influences together with their own gutsy melodic rock sound and when their new album comes out late Spring (produced by Millsy), those of you who haven’t heard Shyyne will be in for a surprise.

Tonight’s set list included Shyyne On, I’m on Fire, Destiny, You Want It (or Yow Wunt It Dow Yow in Black Country spake!), Can’t Sleep, Harder Faster, Who Are You? and Girl I Cant Have.

Their current EP, “If I Could” is available here, and all the usual places and whilst I am a big Shyyne fan, I have to admit my favourite is ‘Girl I Cant Have’. ‘Destiny’ and ‘Harder Faster’ are new tracks that will feature on their new album.

Towards the end of last year Shyyne supported some big names including Enuff Z’nuff, Tigertailz and Y&T and with more gigs lined up over the coming months, I don’t see the pace slowing down for these guys and judging by recent crowd reactions, things are only going to get better.

Shyyne are Toni Gale (vocals), Mark Wilkins (guitar), Dez Wootton (drums) and Jamie Downes (bass).

Read Dean Pedley’s review of Molly Hatchet here;

See more of Lisa’s photos here;


  1. Finally something said about a band who seem to be the Midlands best kept secret. Cant quite figure out why you lot up here don’t shout about this band. Cuz I, and my girl are massive fan’s by accident though, I first got into them while there to see someone else. So I went to the Y&T gig to see them and Y&T, was there for the enuff znuff gig and at the 02 in Birmingham and I was there to see them at the Molly Hatchet one too. They were already pretty accomplished but I gotta agree that they are getting better with every gig. Their sound is Awesome and their songs are too. They took the crowd with them Sunday nite and were a big hit. They just kinda seem to get off on performing their stuff and that’s real good cuz so do we. Kinda makes me feel vindicated in lovin this band. And they are all lovely andown to earth guys with it, awesome.

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