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Alice In Thunderland w/Support @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 2nd January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Alice In Thunderland, Filth Wizard, Abbie Lammas, Liam White
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
22nd December 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, the Christmas gig at Shades in Bridlington was just the event to help get one into the festive spirit. Originally, five acts were meant to have played but one of them dropped off last minute due to car troubles. Despite this set back, the event was ready to begin as a young Liam White took to the stage.

Combining an eclectic mix of acoustic renditions of songs such as Snuff (originally by Slipknot) and Run To The Hills (originally by Iron Maiden), Liam White played a nearly flawless set which did more than warm-up the crowd. The only downside to his performance was the lack of original material but saying that, there’s not many musicians out there who can pull off covering Iron Maiden on acoustic guitar like Liam did. Up next was Abbie Lammas and her band who played a superb set, which is no surprise when it comes to Abbie. Mixing a staunch use of riffs and rhythmic, almost hypnotic drums with angelic vocals, Abbie and her band put on one hell of a show which was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

After Abbie’s set, Filth Wizard were pretty much ready to play. Coming onto the stage to Jingle Bell Rocks, came the frontman Adam Towse and bassist Jason Diprose – both of which adorned in outfits that left very little to the imagination. It had been many years since I’d last seen Filth Wizard perform and fortunately, they’re still on top form. Blasting out their singalongs like Spank Me, Show Us Yer Panties and Accidental Anal, they really did steal the show. Everything from the fierce, almost thrash-like riffs and the hard-hitting rhythm sections to the harsh, guttural vocals and lyrics dripping with sleaze went down a charm – Even their bluesy number which I forgot the name of was a real crowd pleaser.

And then Alice In Thunderland, who were fresh from their Metieval performance a week earlier where they supported Power Quest, hit the stage with their classic rock and old-school thrash stylings. With their thundering use of bass and charismatic vocals, topped with the more modern styled riffs of the guitars, Thunderland soon got continued rolling the momentum from Filth Wizard’s performance. The tracks from their latest album Hellfire seemed to go down better with the crowd, as did the few covers they threw into their set.

Well, it was one way to bring out the festive spirit and all the bands performed at the top of their game but for me, Filth Wizard were the best act of the night.

Nico Davidson


In the Studio With: Kidney Punch

Posted in Studio Report with tags , , , , , , , , on 17th November 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

It was cold and miserable Saturday morning when I set off to Powerstage Studios with two men – Well, one man known as Adam and a half man, half hobbit called Oli. For those who don’t know, it was the day that I was due to head into the studio with a new and upcoming band called “Kidney Punch”, formed by former Torsohorse and Filth Wizard members. Kidney Punch are a trio made up of Adam Towse [Vocals, guitar], Mikey Bolton [Drums] and Tim [Bass].

We arrived at the studio to be greeted by Mikey and Tim. Everything had been set up from Mikey’s mammoth-like kit to Cu-Base, the rogram that Mikey uses for recording when in his studio. We all got ourselves settled in and Adam began the sound check for the drums, starting with the kick drum then moving onto the snare and the other parts of the kit, while Mikey sorted all the levels and did some other fancy studio work that baffles the mind of a writer like myself. After the drum sound check was done, the band proceeded to do a few quick runs of their songs so that the half-man, half-hobbit could set the levels for the bass and guitar while Mikey battered – I mean played – the drums.

Adam and Tim checking their instruments

When the recording process properly began, the drums were recorded with relatively fast speed. Four out of five of the drum tracks were recorded with a click track, though the other one didn’t need a click track as it has a “natural tempo fluxuation” – Adam’s words, not mine. I’m surprised I still remember that term to be honest. The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking, smoking and recording the guitar tracks – Though I did spend a good hour or so sleeping – Tiredness is not a good thing for the studio!

Drum recording

The guitar recordings took up most of the day but it was certainly entertaining listening to the songs that I’ve only heard in the band’s rehearsals being recorded. When we left Saturday evening, the tracks were sounding great – despite the bass not being recorded on that Saturday and it clearly says something about the band if they’ve almost finished the recordings completely with such ease.

Kidney Punch will hopefully be booking gigs soon as well as releasing their first EP. Until then, all we can do is wait for these metal dominators to unleash their Yorkshire-styled heaviness on the UK’s metal underground.

Nico Davidson

Other studio videos of the band are available from the Valkyrian Music YouTube channel.