Review & Photography by Lindsay Smith for MPM
On a cool and dark September evening, with the rain falling what better way to pass a Monday evening than a few hours in the company of music loving folks and two fabulous bands.
Formed in 2009, London band A NEW TOMORROW take to the stage, lost in a haze of smoke and pink lights, it will be the sound that’s important tonight and they nail that from the off.
Big bruising riffs and soaring melodies, the crowd are captured by vocalist / guitarist Alessio Garavello, whilst Andrea Lonardi, Tim Hall and Mykey Kew more than ably keep the guitar driven, driving rock hurtling to the very corners of the room .
With 2 EP’s and their debut album ’Universe” to pick tracks from, their short but power packed set of 7 songs showed the bands live abilities to a staggeringly high level. The perfect way to start the night.
INGLORIOUS have become a firm favourite on the live circuit with every tour living up to expectations if not exceeding them.
With 3 studio albums and their latest “Heroine” now firmly planted on many a playlist, the setlist was bound to be a mix from all and kicking things off was ‘She Won’t Let You Go’ from ‘We Will Ride’.
Nathan has been struggling with a throat infection cancelling one show in Hull but there was little to no sign of any struggling from him, the consummate perfectionist and professional.
Nathan’s voice is big and the boys playing has to be loud and they are. The familiar hair flailing of demon drummer Phil Beaver smashing his way through the big songs but stepping to the forefront with his 12-string acoustic guitar to accompany Nathan on Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’ before taking a turn on lead vocals during The Foo Fighters ‘My Hero’ and ‘Best Of You’, a fitting tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins.
Vinnie, Dan Stevens and Danny Dela Cruise just blow me away with their playing every time I see them and if at all possible, they have become tighter and better than ever, visibly enjoying themselves on stage as the duelling riffs of ‘We Will Provide’ and ‘Eye Of The Storm’ allow the boys to take the intricate and soaring riffs to the absolute max, playing off each other and almost blending into one at times.
These songs are huge and fit well into a set of not so much familiar fan favourites of recent years, but some of the cracking tracks we don’t hear so much anymore with ‘Where Are You Now’, ‘High Flying Gypsy’ and ‘Read All About It’ making a welcome return.
It wouldn’t be an Inglorious show though without the familiar singalong of “Holy Water’ another huge song to sing, spanning across Nathans vocal range and showing why he is so sought after for other projects alongside Inglorious.
It is clear however that Inglorious is where his heart is. Easy chats with the crowd and a band clearly loving the entire evening.
No-one leaves early, “Unitl I Die’ ends the set to a rapturous applause and cheers. This is a band made to perform, they have the song writing ability and the talent to play but also the unity and camaraderie on stage which is a pleasure to watch. More new music soon perhaps? I do hope so!