Fireworks

Monster Truck, Scorpion Child, Buffalo Summer Hot

http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/15/23/c6/MonsterTruck-54-1398963297.jpg
Written by James Gaden     May 01, 2014    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
8048   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Bristol - Exchange, 16 March 2014

The shoebox that is the Bristol Exchange was, in a word, heaving. Tonight’s show was sold out, and this made a rush hour tube train look roomy but hopefully it would all be worth it.

Openers Buffalo Summer are another U.K. band (Swansea, to be precise) who play gritty “Suvvern” Rock, much like The Answer or BlackWolf, despite having been nowhere near the Mississippi. Their debut album has been well received, and deservedly so, but it’s the new songs that catch my interest. The likes of ‘Over Rated’, ‘Bird On A Wire’ and ‘Money’ showed a genuine progression in songwriting, and it doesn’t hurt that they were delivered with such passion. Vocalist Andrew Hunt has an extremely powerful voice, and by the crowd’s reaction it’s obviously not just me that enjoyed their short set. I, for one, am looking forward to hearing what they come up with on album number two.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site
Jon Harvey

The volume goes up a bit as Scorpion Child took to the stage, with latecomers making the room more packed than a Cardiff taxi rank after kicking out time. The tour has been dubbed ‘Lords Of The Riff’ (with SC and Monster Truck taking turns headlining), and as the band started to play, it became obvious why. Appropriately enough for a Texan band their music is rich and beefy, although they’re not afraid to slow things down (such as in the atmospheric mid section to ‘Salvation Slave’) which gives them a bit of a Led Zeppelin vibe, as does closing track ,‘She Sings, I Kill’. Loud as hell and fiery to boot, SC took the room by the scruff of the neck and shook it until it screamed for mercy.

For the first show of the tour, Canadians Monster Truck have drawn the headline spot, but judging by the crowd response and t-shirt distribution they were the most popular band there. Their no nonsense style and catchy hooks are hard to dislike, and where SC tried and weaved a bit of nuance and atmosphere, MT just say “bollocks” and go for it. Used to playing to larger audiences back home in Ontario, they certainly embraced the U.K., partly because we were informed that it was absolutely freezing in Canada at this time. Having such a fun, bar room vibe band on last really energized the sweaty masses, and it never hurts to have an organ set on “Hammond” either. Vocalist Jon Harvey had a bit of trouble getting his mic turned up high enough but it sounded fine, whilst guitarist Jeremy Widerman did most of the talking, using the word “awesome” and smiling a lot. “You guys are watching the show with your eyeballs, not your cell phones!” he says, before informing us that this is an awesome thing. They went down extremely well, especially ‘Sweet Mountain River’ which had plenty of people singing along. Big riffs, catchy tunes and beards ensured that the fifty minute set flew by, with Monster Truck emerging as the clear winners.

Alan Holloway

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 
Powered by JReviews


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  December 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 4 weeks ago
  • Berny : @bpomper: Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • bpomper : if i bought the hard copy can i also download and if so how
  • bpomper : im checking to make sure my fireworks #98 was sent out transaction ending in 1241
  • Berny : @all: The download version of Fireworks #98 is available!
  • Berny : @RobC68: We really seem to share a love & hate relationship, right? ;) Pls. check your mail.
  • RobC68 : still waiting for download version of #98 to be available.....pathetic service
  • Berny : @iangreenfiel: The magazine is available in a number of WH Smith branches. Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? I will then send you the latest list of participating stores.
  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : DO YOU HAVE A PAPER COPY OF ISSUE 90 BERNY ?
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • vialli999 : STILL DESPERATE TO GET A COPY OF ISSUE NO. 90
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site