Fireworks

Concert Reviews

The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/b6/f3/30/The-Answer-2015-Rocktopia-Live-Review-Thumb-94-1430513929.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 01, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5386   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Venue

The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books - Garage, Glasgow (UK) - 13th March 2015

In The Picture Books defence, I don't get this Rock duo thing. Yes, The White Stripes had their moments (few and far between) and I can appreciate why Royal Blood are making the crashing waves they are. However most duos are simply too one dimensional to make a serious impact and that's exactly where The Picture Books land. Guitarist/singer Flynn Claus Grabke certainly doesn't need introduced to hard, thick riffs, for he owns a mighty collection of them all to himself and drummer Philipp Mirtschink can hammer his drums for all their worth (and they looked quite expensive). Yet even as we clambered the stairs to catch up to the early start, the monotony was beginning to sink in. Mirtschink has a nice line in padded beaters and huge drumsticks, he has a ship's bell instead of any cymbals and he has triggers galore, making all manners of crashes, slashes and splashes. However in the end it simply sounded like he went smash, bash, smash, bash over and over in every song. By the end of the brief set there was more than a smattering of applause and nodding heads. For me though, this was the most bored I've been in front of a band for a very long time...

So thank the maker for Bad Touch. They come from Norfolk, their singer Stevie (they're so laid back, who needs a surname??) looks like some sort of dandy who's just departed the Three Musketeers and they play good old fashioned Rock n' Roll the UK way. What's not to like? Two bars into 'Waste My Time' and we knew we were in safe hands, the bass led groove from Bailey (man he can play!) lifting the whole room. From the off people had moved down the front and unlike myself it seemed these guys were old, loved, faces to some in the audience and as 'Mother Load' and 'Wise Water' (Rock n') Rolled by it was easy to hear why. As a group this lot are easy on the eye, shapes thrown at will, stage owned beyond question, as Rob G and Seeks threw out killer riff after killer riff.

However in Stevie (OK, his surname's Westwood) they have one of those frontmen where it's simply a challenge to peel your eyes from him. Add in a sparkling line in self deprecating humour and he really does entice you further under the Bad Touch spell. Drummer George brings a smooth line in beats n' backing vocals, proving one of the best singing drum pounders around; eagerly hammering home the groove at every opportunity. The way he also manages to sit just behind the beat on the slower numbers added an unexpected maturity to this young band's sound. Debut album title cut, 'Halfway Home' eagerly hit the spot, before 'Good On Me (Jeans Song)' - where Stevie explained that he (and he was sure, most of Glasgow's butch men) buy their jeans from the ladies sections... and 'New Day' brought an all too swift introduction to Bad Touch to an end. The only polite thing to do? Buy one of their shirts and beg for the chatty band to sign a newly purchased debut CD. Bad Touch? Dodgy name, great band!


Bad-Touch Live-Review

However the merch bagging happened after tonight's main event and if The Answer were even the tiniest bit phased at the prospect of following such a slick and well versed outfit, then it didn't show one iota. It seems that since their debut, every album The Answer has delivered has brought hope of it being the one to break them into the true big-time. However with their latest offering 'Raise A Little Hell', very little of that rhetoric has been heard, resulting in a band who look, feel and sound one hundred percent comfortable with where they find themselves. And boy did it show tonight. Don't get me wrong, I'm not sure The Answer ever do bad shows, but tonight seemed to bring things to a new level, singer Cormac Neeson feeding off and bantering with the crowd, while guitarist Paul Mahon was much more to the forefront, constantly egging the band on to work harder and harder to bring the energy and focus their music deserves. Keen to showcase their just released and thoroughly excellent 'Raise A Little Hell' album, 'I Am What I Am' and 'Red' set the tone for a night rammed with songs that simply insisted you move and groove. However in 'Aristocrat' The Answer show their roots, a huge Zeppelin riff bounding from the stage and almost knocking the crowd sideways, as drummer James Heatley came close to splitting the stage, such was the ferocity with which his drums were attacked.

Bassist Micky Waters wasn't to be outdone though, his solid four string work the backbone of the band, while his backing vocals are an unsung highlight of The Answer's onstage performance. Old favourites, 'Spectacular' (which the early appearance of, really snared the audience from the off), 'Into The Gutter' and the chest beating 'New Horizon' joyfully plundered the band's back catalogue to stunning effect, although the loudest ovation of the whole night was reserved for new track, 'Last Days Of Summer'. It's unusual for a slow, acoustic led number to entice such excitement, but the force and emotion with which it was revealed was quite breathtaking. It also illustrated just how talented a singer Cormac is whether belting out anthems or adding a more intimate air to proceedings. 'Raise A Little Helll' closed the main set, Cormac having gone through the traditional ritual of entering the crowd and asking them to kneel with him and praise the power that is Rock n' Roll, before 'Evilman' and the online fan poll winning song 'Nowhere Freeway' raised the roof one final time. Coming almost halfway through an extensive UK and Ireland tour, it would be fair to suggest that Glasgow found this band at the height of their powers and no one left in any doubt that no matter the question, this band have The Answer.

Steve Swift


The-Answer-2015 Rocktopia-Live-Review

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 7 hours, 16 minutes ago
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?

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