Review by Tosh Davies with Pics by Mark Lloyd
Continuing their reputation of supporting charitable causes combined with an awesome line up of bands, Rock City & Home Grown Rock once again triumphed this Easter Sunday. The Anthony Nolan charity was the worthy cause and The Treatment were chosen to headline what was to be a fantastic day of Rock with no bunnies or Easter eggs in sight….well, maybe a few!
Prize for best logo goes to Massive Wagons; I just love it as I did their no nonsense full on rock attack. A really impressive start to the day with their balls out, foot to the floor performance, front man Barry Mills looking every bit the rock star. The grease soaked, beer fueled set was just the beginning to an excellent day ahead by the youthful Massive Wagons, fans of The Answer etc would love ‘em.
Wraith’s set was more metal than rock with the twin axe attack firmly in place. Recently re-formed and approaching their 25th anniversary, Nottingham lads Wraith covered the classic rock genre perfectly. The sound suffering slightly, overpowered by the sheer volume put out by the guitars, things were put right for the last two songs. Front man Myke Barker checking with the crowd that would not file any law suits before throwing out a multitude of Easter eggs (luckily none were in mugs!). Another descent set by a band whose vintage credentials went down well with the varying ages in attendance.
Sinners Highway were the shock of the evening! As five young lads took to the stage the dread of some shouty post hardcore bollocks descended on me. I could not be more wrong, what greeted us was the sublime vocal talents of Si Ross with the American Rock anthems gear fully engaged. If you’re familiar with Submersed, Alter Bridge etc then you know what to expect, soaring vocals and a guitar tone to die for. This was a sight to behold as the local lads took Rock City by storm, polished songs with intertwining guitar flurries full of melody and cracking chorus’s. Sinners Highway were a revelation and I’m certainly travelling that road again.
All the way from Scotland, Afterlife continued the high standard already set by the other bands. After seeing them at Hard Rock Hell I knew what to expect and I wasn’t disappointed. If front man Pete McCoy was suffering with a cold then it certainly didn’t show, his vocals were pretty damn fine. Another band following a well trodden path once paved by Creed etc, but who cares? If it works and you do it well good on ya! Guitars were plentiful as the rock attack took no prisoners with Afterlife firmly stomping their authority to the day’s proceedings. Wow! these bands really are making an impression.
Travelling even further were Trucker Diablo, these Irish rockers fell foul to a technical hitch before playing a note. A quick change of amp head and normality was resumed, sadly eating into their allotted time. What a combination, Irish, Rockers, Booze and instruments, an ingredient perfected over many years by past successful bands from the Emerald Isle. Playing their all out rock with a twist of Therapy! meets The Almighty is a sure fire winner. Tom Harte is a fine front man and guitar player and has the crowd’s attention from the start. Playing two new tracks from their upcoming album ‘Songs Of Iron’ went down well, the crowd joining in euphoric applause. Choosing a well tested formula seems to be successful for Trucker Diablo who have a lot to offer the rock world and certainly fulfill all their potential. Excellent stuff, music to drink beer to, what could possibly be bad about that?
The Treatment have come a long way since I first saw them as baby faced assassins at High Voltage a few years back. Whilst not the finished article they have certainly exceeded expectations in a very short time. Matt Jones’s vocals has a Jeff Keith rasp to them and he can defiantly hold a good rock tune, ‘Departed’ , The Doctor’ and the cigarette lighter moment of ‘Nothing To Lose But Our Minds’ are classic tracks in the making. Playing their classic rock re-badged and ruffled up to date is a guaranteed crowd pleaser which has the female contingent loving it. Having only been in Nottingham a few weeks ago supporting Slash at the Arena it was good to see them put in as much effort to tonight’s gig. Time spent touring the USA with Kiss & Mötley Crüe has brought their stage craft on leaps and bounds which is good to see, a little tweak with the image and all the planets will align. An encore and ensuing stage invasion by the crowd and tonight’s gig is a total success. All for £10, bargain, with the heartwarming feeling that you were supporting a worthwhile charity and British Rock.