Review: Gravity Festival 2019

The Station, Cannock – October 19th 2019

Reviewer / photos: Dan Mann

Last Saturday was the inaugural Gravity Festival, held at the Station, Cannock. Unfortunately due to other commitments I missed the first two bands, so first off the bat for me was the excellent Trident Waters. First chance to see them live and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Next on the line up was False Hearts, a female fronted outfit very much in the Halestorm school of rock. It’s great to see young bands showing their worth, however not my cup of tea personally.

Next up were 4th Labyrinth, something a little different genre wise, offering hints of Uriah Heep, and supplying a thoroughly entertaining set.

It was great to finally get a chance to see Fugitive, a band offering a fine style of NWOBHM inspired rock. A band who deserved a bigger audience in my humble opinion.

Next was my first chance to see a firm favourite of mine, Kent rockers Wicked Stone with their new line up.

Did they deliver? Damn right they did, they delivered in spades, the crowd pressed up to the barrier rocking out to an enthusiastic performance.

Then we were onto another firm favourite of mine, another Kent band who I’ve in fact seen four times this year!

Collateral continue to go from strength to strength and they certainly had plenty of fans in the audience.

This was my first time seeing the Burning Crows, although I’m familiar with their material. Again a band who entertained the crowd with an energetic set.

Next up was Dead Man’s Whiskey, a band who if I’m honest I prefer recorded rather than live and this occasion didn’t do anything to change that view. The crowd seemed to be enjoying them so what do I know?

The headliners Mason Hill were delayed coming onstage which meant that unfortunately I had to miss their set for personal reasons.

I cannot end the review without mentioning the loudest compère and indeed the most enthusiastic in the business, Pete K Mally (He’s also an author you know) for his superb job.

A couple of small grumbles regarding the venue, I think they’ve inherited the floor from the old Marquee as it was somewhat sticky underfoot and the stage lighting wasn’t great from a photographer’s point of view but these are things easily sorted long before Gravity Festival 2020.

I must congratulate Shaun and his team for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable event. Roll on the next one!

 

 

 

Piston are a British five-piece rock ‘n’ roll engine made up of four members from the Midlands greased with a vocal roar from the south; which, when put together and fired up produce a no-nonsense sound not to be reckoned with!

The band release the second single ‘Rainmaker’ from the upcoming album on Friday 31st May. The single was produced by Dan Swift and remixed by Romesh Dodangoda. Their first single ‘One More Day’ received airplay on BBC Radio 2’s Rock Show with Johnnie Walker, Planet Rock and many more.

‘Rainmaker’ is a thunderstorm of slow dirty riffs, kept up to pace with the constant thumping from the rhythm section and preacher style vocals, it is the very essence of rolling thunder forced down the ear drums. This track never strays too far from its path and just when you think it’s going to give you a break in the pre-chorus, it drags you back by the scruff of the neck into the heavy ostinato!

Guitarist Jack Edwards has described the recording process of the track: “Rainmaker was the very first track we recorded for the album. You can hear all of our excitement in the track — we were all back together in one room and we tracked it right then and there! We love it and its not perfect, and we don’t want it to be — rock n’ roll has never been perfect. It’s a huge step in the new sound of Piston, it will easily stand there with some of the modern greats, but it most certainly pays homage to some of our idols.

Piston will release their long awaited self-titled debut album on Friday 13th September 2019. The album was recorded at Silk Mill Studios in Newcastle Under Lyme and produced by Dan Swift (Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode) and singles remixed by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon).

The upcoming album features the searing, infectious anthems — ‘One More Day’ and ‘Rainmaker’. The album is a rock n’ roll rollercoaster ride treading the fine line between chaos and radio friendly rebellious rock. It’s got the guitar spirit of the Cult and the hi-octane energy of the Foo Fighters.

This album is the embodiment of hard work for the boys, having recorded one album already and choosing to scrap it all and start again in the pursuit of finding ‘their sound’. The album tips it’s hat to different genres as it progresses, but never strays too far from the path its intended to go down, it shows diversity, power and confidence from the first contact between stick and drum right until the last chord has been struck.

Piston will embark on a Co-headlining UK tour in September 2019 with Collateral to promote the album. Tickets for all concerts can be booked from www.pistonuk.com.

September/October 2019 UK Tour:
The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 12 September 2019
Tickets: £10
42 Crafton St W, Leicester LE1 2DE

The Station, Cannock
Friday 13 September 2019 Piston only
Tickets: £5
Stafford Road, Cannock WS11 1WS

EBGBS, Liverpool
Saturday 14 September 2019
Tickets: £10
Basement 80-82 SEEL STREET, Merseyside L1 4BH

The Asylum 2, Birmingham
Friday 20 September 2019 Tickets: £10
38-43 Hampton St, Birmingham B19 3LS

Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Saturday 21 September 2019 Tickets: £10
8 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG

Jimmy’s, Manchester
Sunday 22 September 2019 Tickets: £10
12 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN

Joiners, Southampton
Thursday 26 September 2019 Tickets: £10
141 St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NS

Ravenfest, The Boulevard, Wigan
Friday 27 September 2019 Tickets: £25 (weekend pass)
The Boulevard, 19 Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1LD

The Big Red, London
Saturday 28 September 2019 Tickets: Free Entry
385 Holloway Road, N7 0RY London

Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend

Friday 4 October 2019 Tickets: £10
Crete Hall Rd, Gravesend DA11 9AA

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Collateral follow up their 2018 debut 4-track EP “4 Shots!” and their single ‘Midnight Queen‘ with their explosive new single ‘Lullaby’ taken from their highly anticipated eponymous debut album released in September.

The new single is mixed by Grammy Award nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Funeral for A Friend, Stone Broken).

Collateral won a massive competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom at this year’s Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday June 1st. They are also in the finals at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.

Ripped jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and plenty of eye-liner, Collateral are a new generation stadium-driven rock and roll. When they first started out, they were known as the Angelo Tristan Band, with frontman Angelo Tristan and bass player Jack Bentley-Smith, forming the nucleus of the band. Since then, almost five years ago, they have worked tirelessly to grow their music, fanbase and their profile.

The band are a firm favorite of Rockposer Dot Com! having first opened 2018’s Fibrofest the Angelo Tristan Band, then returning to Leo’s Red Lion as Collateral as part of the Rockposer Dot Com! sponsored ‘Rock The Red Lion‘.

Collateral put the fun and excitement back into rock and roll by giving their fans a show that’s packed with high-octane entertainment. Not only is their live sound impeccable, but their signature stagecraft is reminiscent of what great rock and roll concerts used to be like. Every Collateral concert is a celebratory occasion leaving audiences coming back for more.

The music, the image, the lighting. It’s the whole package. Nothing is taken for granted.

Lullaby‘ is a dynamic, heavy-duty rock stomper with pounding drums courtesy of Ben Atkinson, killer lead vocals by frontman Angelo Tristan, an unforgettable guitar solo from guitarist Todd Winger, a nasty bass groove from bassist ben Jack Bentley-Smith, topped with an infectious singalong chorus that’ll will leave you wanting more.

Lullaby is a song that has the basic feeling of the world we all live in today – a world where you are told to dream big but, yet ‘Be realistic’,” says Collateral’s front man Angelo Tristan. “I’d be lying if I’d said we’re not a pissed off rock and roll band like a lot of other bands out there. Lullaby has the simplicity, the power and emotion that you should expect to hear on Collateral’s debut album.

Since Collateral burst on to the music scene, they have attracted attention from venues, festivals, press, and of course, rock music lovers everywhere. Collateral fit neatly into the current NWOCR with their rock anthems reminiscent of early Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Little Angels, Thunder, Skid Row and Tyketto. Last year, when Collateral played Hard Rock Hell’s private VIP party, the reaction was off the hook.

Collateral started making waves earlier this year when their ‘Midnight Queen‘ single got picked up by Planet Rock radio in the UK. A sold-out London concert at the Blackheart with rave reviews, confirmed their position as worthy contenders for the UK’s crown jewels of rock and roll.

The band have been singled out as “Ones to Watch” on http://www.planetrock.com.

Collateral is getting ready for the next run of live shows including a co-headline show with Daxx & Roxane at London’s Borderline on Saturday May 18th, an appearance at Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday June 1st, followed by a support tour with Bucket & Co. (Dave “Bucket” Colwel’s band (ex-Bad Company, Humble Pie), followed by a nationwide co-headline tour with Piston in September in support of their debut album.

2019 UK Tour Dates:

Royal Albion, Maidstone

Maidstone Fringe Friday 3 May 2019

19 Havock Lane, Maidstone ME14 1QE

BMAD Festival, Devon Saturday 4 May 2019

Paignton Sea Front, Eastern Esplanade, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6BW

HRH Road Trip, Ibiza Tuesday 7 May 2019

The Station, Cannock

Magnificent 7 Festival Saturday 11 May 2019

Stafford Road, Cannock WS11 1WS

Borderline, London

Saturday 18 May 2019 Very Special Guests to Daxx & Roxanne

Tickets: http://www.alttickets.com, http://www.seetickets.com

Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB

Breaking Bands Festival, Worcestershire Sunday 26 May 2019

Westonhall Road, Bromsgrove B60 4AL

Camden Rocks Festival, London Electric Ballroom

Saturday 1 June 2019 Tickets: https://camdenrocksfestival.com/tickets

Camden Town, London

The Big Red, London

Ramblin’ Man Rumble

Saturday 15 June 2019

385 Holloway Road, N7 0RY London

Rock City Beta, Nottingham Supporting Bucket & Co. Friday 28 June 2019

8 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG

Cart & Horses, Stratford Supporting Bucket & Co. Saturday 29 June 2019

1 Maryland Point, London E15 1PF

Esquires, Bedford Supporting Bucket & Co. Sunday 30 June 2019

60A Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2QG

Actress & Bishop, Birmingham Supporting Bucket & Co. Tuesday 2 July 2019

36 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham B3 1EH

Real Time, Chesterfield Supporting Bucket & Co. Wednesday 3 July 2019

13 Marsden St, Chesterfield S40 1JY

Half Moon, Putney Supporting Bucket & Co. Thursday 4 July 2019

93 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 1EU

The Cavern, Raynes Park Saturday 24 August 2019

100 Coombe Ln, Wimbledon, London SW20 0AY

The Patriot, Newport Sunday 25 August 2019

Main St, Crumlin, Newport NP11 4PT

HRH Crows, Sheffield Saturday 7 September 2019

O2 Academy Sheffield, 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PN

The Musician, Leicester

Album Tour with PISTON Thursday 12 September 2019

42 Crafton St W, Leicester LE1 2DE

EBGBS, Liverpool

Album Tour with PISTON Saturday 14 September 2019

Basement 80-82 SEEL STREET, Merseyside L1 4BH

Trillian’s, Newcastle

Album Tour without PISTON Thursday 19 September 2019

3 Princess Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ER

The Asylum 2, Birmingham

Album Tour with PISTON Friday 20 September 2019

38-43 Hampton St, Birmingham B19 3LS

Rock City, Nottingham

Album Tour with PISTON Saturday 21 September 2019

8 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG

Jimmy’s, Manchester

Album Tour with PISTON Sunday 22 September 2019

12 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN

The Joiners, Southampton

Album Tour with PISTON Thursday 27 September 2019

141 St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NS

Ravenfest, Wigan

Album Tour with PISTON Friday 27 September 2019

The Boulevard, 19 Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1LD

Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend

Album Tour with PISTON Friday 4 October 2019

Crete Hall Rd, Gravesend DA11 9AA

Communion of Rock, Pontypridd Sunday 13 October 2019

Muni Arts Centre, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2BP

The Station, Cannock Saturday 19 October 2019

Stafford Road, Cannock WS11 1WS

Cornwall Rocks, Cornwall Sunday 17 November 2019

Tencreek Holiday Park (Dolphin Holidays), Polperro Rd, Looe PL13 2JR

The Robin 2, Bilston Thursday 21 November 2019

20 – 28 Mount Pleasant, Wolverhampton, Bilston WV14 7LJ

Planet Rockstock, Porthcawl Sunday 8 December 2019

Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 5PW

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In August 2017, WDFD Records released a free compilation CD at Stonedeaf Festival featuring 14 tracks from 7 rising rock bands. It received generous praise, so much so that KOL Promotions came up with the idea of a showcase event.

The Station in Cannock are excited to be involved and being a central venue with easy access, good public transport links and ample nearby car parking, not forgetting a great sound system, a date of 11th May 2019 was chosen for the Magnificent 7 Festival.

Sadly, 2 of the bands from the CD – Grand Ultra and Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters – were unavailable, but 2 formidable replacements were selected to create a mouth-watering line-up!

SKAM*

THEIA

Collateral**

The Howling Tides

Pariah Soul

STAND AMONGST GIANTS

SHYYNE

Tickets are available through SeeTickets:

https://www.seetickets.com/tour/wdfd-record-s-magnificent-7-fest

Keith Lamley, owner of WDFD said “I still can’t quite believe this event is happening! Huge thanks to Shaun Haynes at KOL Promotions for pulling it together, and I am indebted to the bands for agreeing to take part. First and foremost I just want everyone there to go away thinking “wow, weren’t those bands awesome, what a great night”. Above and beyond that I just hope that it brings the bands some much-deserved extra exposure.”

Note to editors: WDFD (Whoop-dee-fucking-doo) was formed in May 2017 with the mission of helping bands take a first step from being unsigned towards a long-term goal of forging a successful career in the music business. It has a co-operative approach with bands providing support and encouragement to each other whilst having access to centralised services and advice.

* Courtesy of TMR Band Management

** Courtesy of Roulette Media

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Review: Collateral – The Black Heart, Camden, Feb 7th 2019

Reviewer / photographer – Dan Mann

The last twelve months has seen Collateral get a foot in the door to the next level of rock stardom.

Their appearance last night at The Black Heart, Camden certainly kicked off 2019 in style, introduced onstage by Planet Rock‘s Paul Anthony, the band launched into a set of original material in front of an enthusiastic sell out crowd who happily sang along to every song.

This was a showcase of how a hungry young rock band should perform, their enjoyment and enthusiasm clearly showing, as they stormed through their set, ending on their current single ‘Midnight Queen‘, a song that’s undergone a new mix by Romesh Dodangoda  and is currently on Planet Rock’s playlist.

If you’ve not yet seen Collateral play, then grab the chance now before they’re playing arenas!!

Set List:

1 – Calm Before The Storm

2 – When Faith Breaks

3 – You Were the Only One

4 – Going With The Wind *

5 – Coming Home

6 – Move On

7 – Just Waiting For You *

8 – Promise Land **

9 – Merry Go Round **

10 – Lullaby Encore **

11- Midnight Queen * + **

*Denotes songs from ‘4 Shots! EP‘ **Denotes songs from forthcoming debut album

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Collateral have released an Official video for ‘Midnight Queen (Romesh Dodangoda Remix)‘, the original version can be found on the band’s ‘4 Shots!‘ EP.

Collateral will be headlining the Black Heart, Camden, tomorrow February 7th, followed by a gig with Malagodi at The Carlisle · Hastings, East Sussex on February 16th and supporting The Electric Boys at The Underworld, Camden on March 20th.

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Norwich five-piece Bad Touch are happy to announce that they will be special guests on The Quireboys and FM co-headline nationwide UK tour in April 2019. Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale at 9am on Wednesday 12th December via www.planetrocktickets.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 14th December from the following online ticket retailers: www.alttickets.com, www.gigantic.com, www.seetickets.com and www.planetrocktickets.co.uk.

The 7-date UK tour takes in Nottingham Rock City (April 1), Cardiff Tramshed (April 2), Wakefield Warehouse23 (April 4), Sheffield Corporation (April 6), Manchester Ritz (April 7), Glasgow Garage (April 8), and Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (April 9).

In addition to the above UK tour, Bad Touch will also play various festivals in 2019 including Giants of Rock in Minehead in January, Planet Rock Winter’s End in March and a welcome return to Leo’s The Red Lion supported by Collateral.

In October 2018, Bad Touch released their third studio album “Shake A Leg” via Marshall Records. The album received rave reviews and was followed by a UK Tour. The album, which featured the rock radio single “Lift Your Head Up”, was recorded in their home county of Norfolk at Orange Tree Studios and followed their critically acclaimed 2016 album ‘Truth Be Told‘ which featured the rock radio hit ‘99%‘.

Shake A Leg‘ takes a more personal and ambitious approach in song-writing and production due to the bands choice to write more spontaneously within the studio itself resulting in more emotional ‘in-the-moment’ performances. The new album features hand-picked songs that originate from a collective of all the members influences which they proudly wear on their sleeve. Known by fans and critics alike for having a reputation as a busy and hard-working band, Bad Touch continue to tour far and wide and are looking forward to playing tracks from the new album when they tour the UK in 2019.