Review by Paul Davis
So, when two of our country’s finest up and coming bands are appearing on the same bill, it’s a good time to head out on a 120 mile round trip, right?
BlackWolf were the support tonight and will be for most of this tour, although they headline when the tour arrives in their hometown of Bristol. Performing songs from their Pledge released debut album, a huge leap forward from the Taking Root EP, the band play classic hard rock with a modern edge, topped off by the soulful vocals of Scott Sharp.
Set highlights include ‘Mr. Maker’ and latest single ‘Keep Moving On’. BlackWolf knew they had to get this crowd going, it was Skam’s hometown show after all. Early in the set guitarist John Greenhill leaps the barrier to join the crowd, but it’s the frontman who really works the audience. It may be the smallest room at Leicester’s O2 Academy but this band has the confidence and talent to do this in much bigger venues.
For Skam, today was a day of celebration. Earlier, they had announced that they had signed a worldwide record deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, home of Bonafide and The Quireboys amongst others. Combining songs from their killer debut It’s Come To This with songs from their forthcoming Peacemaker album, it’s a triumphant evening, the only downside being that it’s over too soon.
While the previews of tracks from the new album are great, it’s the likes of ‘Soldiers Of Rock’, ‘No Lies’ and ‘Massacre’ that get the crowd rocking. Skam have a wide range of influences but it’s the likes of AC/DC, Motorhead and UFO that are most apparent. When frontman Steve Hill tells us they’re going to slow things down, well ‘Going Away’ may start off in a balladic fashion but changes pace mid-song and rocks as hard as anything Skam have to offer. A real highlight of the evening with the whole room singing along.
An awesome night with these two bands who have very bright futures.
Skam play Scruffy Murphys on 19th February while BlackWolf support The Answer at Coventry’s Kasbah on 18th March.