18 January 2014 (gig)
22 January 2014
Big festivals and headline bands are where live music junkies tend to spend most of their dwindling disposal cash.
Yet the lucky few who rolled into the Fixxion Warehouse in Wolverhampton on Friday evening last week were treated to thumping rhythms and some sublime musicianship.
Getting the show really going was the second act, The Dark Eyes.
The five piece band of two guitars and keyboards got heads banging with some metal infused blues guitar before reworking Monkees classic “I’m a Believer.”
Well drilled with a composed lead in Jordan Carrier, their short set is over too soon and you are left wanting more.
The band claims on its Facebook page that its blend of styles is easily stripped down to an acoustic setting.
Although the amps were turned up throughout, it would be interesting to see if they could maintain the same energy with just strings and wood.
Slowing things down in tempo but raising the atmospheric pressure, the Spacement Apes took to the stage with a slow take on the Link Wray tune “Rumble.”
Lead singer and guitarist Jordan Harris oozes confidence and marshal’s the band throughout a foot stomping routine of bluesy rock, with undertones of Oasis coming through.
Their new single Somebody Told Me due out soon, is the highlight and represents a mature path being set by the band.
One criticism that could be levelled at the Apes is that their songs never take you to boiling point. But you are kept on the edge and engrossed throughout that it in the end, it doesn’t appear needed.
In times of austerity and economic and social depression, particularly in former industrial towns like Wolverhampton, new small venues like the Fixxion need support as well as the local bands that give them life.
A night like this that is value for money and listening to melodies that sooth the soul, may not lead to a recovery or a revolution but is the kind of constructive escapism that is badly needed in these difficult times.
- Spacement Apes- https://www.facebook.com/spacementapes?fref=ts
- The Dark Eyes- https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dark-Eyes/130965846938273?fref=ts