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Mitch Malloy / Sordid Lies - The Corporation, Sheffield (UK) - 17 September 2016

I arrived at this evening's event around 8.00pm expecting to have missed the opening act and just in time to catch Kaato. However, as I entered the venue Sordid Lies were just taking to the stage. It transpired that Kaato would not be playing this evening (reason unknown) and the East Yorkshire Rockers were handed an extended set. They grasped the nettle with both hands and put in a brilliant performance. The early reception was lukewarm but that did not detract the band from 2017's City Of The Uncultured, Hull! These guys play their brand of Sleazy, Melodic Metal that was the staple diet of the Sunset Strip thirty years ago. The enigmatic front-man Valen Vain, who looked and sang like the love child of Axl Rose and Scott Weiland (with Librace as his Godfather!) engaged the crowd who warmed to the band throughout their set of mostly original numbers including 'Devil's Daughter', 'Dirty Girl' and 'Turn It Up!'

Bass guitarist Captain Cliché (you've just got to laugh) made a striking figure with his black & white chef-style trousers and tricorn hat. Guitarist Dr. Lixx (real doctor) certainly knew how to shred and the band was completed by the youngest member Dani Stix (who came up with these names?). A rousing version of Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell' cemented a triumphant performance.

Sordid Lies provided an object lesson to any young band: work hard but do so with a smile on your face and the majority of the time the crowd will follow. Rock 'n' Roll is supposed to be fun and Sordid Lies certainly knew how to entertain in a fun way.

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Mitch Malloy hit the stage with 'Rock 'n' Roll' and genuinely seemed happy to be playing to approximately one hundred fans, half of which I recognised from Firefest. Twenty years ago Malloy auditioned for the then vacant singer position of a little old band called Van Halen. During his meeting with the legendary guitarist, they wrote the song 'It's The Right Time' that, in my humble opinion, is infinitely better than anything that came out on 'VHIII' a few years later. 'Mission Of Love' from the sensational debut album, now twenty-four years old, was where Malloy hit top gear and the crowd went into overdrive. 'Over The Water' (I believe that this is one of Malloy's personal favourites) continued with another song taken from the eponymous debut. It is hard to believe that 'Stranded In The Middle Of Nowhere' is not a staple part of Malloy's live set as it is obviously a fans' favourite judging by tonight's reaction. The sensational ballads 'Love Song' and 'Our Love Will Never Die' sandwiched the Country-tinged 'Cowboy And The Ballerina'. There was also the cathartic 'My Therapy', the best track from the new album 'Making Noise' by which point the too short a set was already drawing to a conclusion with 'Forever'. The band returned for a two song encore starting with a stonking cover version of Van Halen's 'I'm The One' giving us a small insight into what might have been. That just left time for the crowd to sing themselves hoarse with 'Anything At All'.

Five minutes after finishing Mitch Malloy as back out to meet and greet the fans and those in attendance this evening sure hope he keeps to his promise to return to these shores again next year.

Mark Donnelly

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