The Treatment + Signify + White Heather + In Dantés Eclipse @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – Thursday February 9th 2012



Review by Cath Holland and Photos by Tony Gaskin

Can’t believe we’re into Feb already and this is our first gig for MR! Tasty little gig to get us off the mark though, up and coming young guns The Treatment with support from three local aspiring bands.

First up was In Dantés Eclipse a foursome from Wolverhampton. They look the part I’ll give them that, but although technically they’re not bad musicians, the songs lacked substance and when you describe yourself as horror glam/sleaze I would expect a bit more showmanship on stage. The guitarist having problems with his strings probably didn’t help. I’ll reserve judgment for now as I can see enough good points here, but they definitely need to get a couple of killer tracks written.

Next up was a band that could pass on a few tips to tonight’s openers. White Heather hail from the sleepy Oxfordshire town of Banbury but there’s nothing Middle England about these guys. With a punky hard rock edge to them, they have a swagger and confidence on stage with catchy tunes that soon get you drawn in. The whole band dynamics are worlds apart from IDE and show what a couple of years gigging and writing together can achieve.

I particularly loved the tracks No More Heros and Outlaw and will be looking forward to seeing more of these guys in the future.

This was the point I had mixed emotions about and was dreading to be honest!

We’ve followed Signify quite closely over the last couple of years and seeing frontman Craig and bassist Rob call it a day recently was a big shock, so this was the first gig with the two new members and it was really strange watching Signify with Rob standing next to me!

Thankfully my worries were short lived; new singer Rob Harris (formerly of Heresy) coped admirably with his first live performance for over a year and although he’s a completely different style of singer to Craig, his interpretation of the songs was pretty good. New bassist Darren Anthony Mills also played a blinder despite having to sit down due to a broken ankle! Many of Signify’s songs have killer bass lines so finding a replacement was just as hard, but this guy looks like he’ll nail it no problem. So, all in all not a bad start to the new look Signify.

Headliner’s TheTreatment have been working pretty hard over the last year or so to build a strong fan base. Rock impresario Laurie Mansworth has worked his magic again with this bunch of rebel rousing youngsters. Looks – check, ability – check, songs – check, result = one great rock ‘n’ roll band. Not a hard formula to replicate you’d think but so many have tried and failed, simply because everything has to click in place, the stage presence and interaction has to work and most of all the band themselves have to believe. I think The Treatment have cracked it, I compared them to Airbourne, but that’s no bad thing. The songs are raucous, with classic grooves, front man Matt Jones has all the swagger and arrogance of a much more experienced rock star, but done with a youthful exuberance and diminutive bassist Swoggle (nope I ain’t got a clue either!) makes up for his short stature by being the most energetic bass player I’ve seen apart from Black Spiders’ Adam Irwin.

A whole set of rip roaring rock songs, but for me the anthemic “Shake The Mountain” and the more bluesy “I Fear Nothing” were the stand out tracks. They’ll be back in the region in March as part of their European Tour supporting Steel Panther.

You can see more of Tony’s photos below: