7th December 2019
It’s a Saturday, we are at O’Rileys in Hull and there’s another quality three band line-up. Oh yes, it’s Rockzilla time.
First up are a band who, I’m sure they won’t mind me mentioning, are clearly influenced by the likes of the legendary Motorhead. We have “Smell” the tall bass swinging, gruff voiced front man with “Dr J. Horn” on guitar and “Davros De La Nutter” beating the drums to within an inch of their lives to the rear.
This is “Motorpunk” at its raw molten core. The band are clearly enjoying themselves, certainly don’t take things too seriously. The sound is certainly catchy, the vocals are clear and the small, yet enthusiastic crowd is 100% behind them for the entire set.
As openers the set is short yet thoroughly abused. The band however fully utilise this time to maximum effect and end their loud and dirty set to well-deserved applause.
R`ock N Roll
Turn It Loose
The Band –
Smell – Holds a bass guitar and shouts.
Dr. J. Horn – Guitar and musical talent.
Davros De La Nutter – Drums and lies.
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Up next are local Hull outfit Bethia. Formed early in 2019, the band have morphed through several changes before settling as the current three piece, we see on stage tonight.
This hard rock / alternative metal band certainly don’t show signs of being new musically. They are a tight unit and the music comes across well. The vocals and lead guitar are ably accompanied by solid bass and drums. The sound is upbeat and coated with decent crunching riffs.
The setlist consists entirely their own material which shows a confidence and belief which should stand them in good stead for the future. Confidence to utilise larger stages, such as the one at O’Riley’s, will no doubt come through natural progression.
Overall they did themselves proud and finished, as with the previous band, to decent applause. Bethia should soon become a solid presence on the local and regional scene.
The Band –
Guitar/Backing Vocals – Ben Shears
Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals – James Beck
Drums – Benjamin Green
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Hailing from Sheffield this mighty classic rock & prog rock trio are up next to delight and entertain the Rockzilla crowd.
The band have been around for a few years and have a very decent catalogue to draw from. With a brief roll of the drums they kick off with Ride the Storm and show exactly why they are headlining tonight.
They are clearly well rehearsed and oozing confidence in the delivery of the music. The perfect mix of lead guitar riffs and extended solo’s, the rhythmic fret dancing on a six-string bass and the almost showcase drumming skills, all topped off with well thought out vocals create a superb overall sound.
With one bands late withdrawal from the nights line-up, Firegarden are set loose to deliver a whopping one-and-a-half-hour set. This enables them to showcase the band from every angle, as individuals and as a band to the extremely appreciative crowd.
The set consists almost entirely of their own work with just two excellently delivered covers, namely Hush (Joe South) and Burn (Deep Purple) thrown in for good measure. To pick a single highlight song, from the night would, would do the set injustice as everything delivered is done with the same high quality as everything else.
The set is a resounding success and well applauded upon its conclusion. I wonder if I was the only one Googling Dr Who and Crabs when I got home.
Firegarden are the full package and why they remain unsigned is a mystery at times. Miss them live at your peril.
The Band –
Jake Mann – guitar, vocals.
Ashley Tuck – drums.
Chris Heald – bass, vocals.
Ride The Storm
Choose Your Own Adventure – 1
Burn (Deep Purple Cover)
Hush (Joe South Cover)
Pig Queens Eons
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Yet again organiser and promoter Shane along with O’Rileys owner, Darren, have put on another class selection of bands and yet again for the princely entrance fee of £0. Yes it was free again, giving you ample opportunity to support the bands and buy the merch, plus indulge in a few beers.
Rockzilla 13 is on the 29th February 2020 ……. Be there !!OoO