|The Fighting Wolves/The Long Knives - Ebbw Vale, Steelhouse - 16th March 2012|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 04:00|
Ten arduous years after the closure of The Ebbw Vale Steelworks, STEEL is still being produced in Ebbw Vale in the shape of The Steelhouse Music Venue, and only a mere fourteen months or so since the birth of The Steelhouse a string of sold-out shows, numerous famed recording artists taking to the stage and even their own inaugural Steelhouse festival sees the organisation bounding forth into year two with this, the launch night of the second Steelhouse Festival, this year upgraded from two to three days.
With the mighty Feeder and infamous Kiss tribute act Dressed To Kill already announced as headline acts for the late July event prior to the launch night but tonight was all about the announcement of the Sunday night and final headliner for the Festival...
And as the clock struck nine, the assembled Steelhouse punters were beckoned outside as the rumours filled the chilly night air for the announcement.........
Kicking things off was a performance from female fire breathing dance troupe The Lawless Girls who brought their wares to the first Steelhouse Festival, performing on stage with Tigertailz, and amidst the unique party piece came the announcement of Million$Reload and, as final headline act, Reef.
Back inside the confines of the venue The Long Knives take to the stage with their intense indie twang. Opening with 'Badada Badada' they quickly following this up with the Pearl Jam-esque of sorts 'This Is War' and some fine Radiohead elements on 'Rise Up'. A jangly, incredibly likeable groove on tunes like 'Daylight', 'In This Room' and 'In Her Arms' showcased plenty of feel and focused musical direction on, what they refer to as "Songs About Hate." Fine chord progressions, musicianship and great vocal intensity from frontman Phil Carter on 'Falsetto' before they close the set with 'Awake' and 'I Am', leaving with the parting comments of "Cheers, we are The Long Knives," and a little wink at the promoters in the hope of a slot on the festival bill which, going on this evening's rousing applause, would most definitely be worth a punt.
A rather apt band to top the bill tonight considering their inclusion on the bill of the inaugural festival are Northern Ireland's The Fighting Wolves, now based in London. This youthful quartet bounce onto the stage with 'What It's Like' and 'From This City' with their screamadelic Foo Fighters inspiration and lots of energetic swagger flowing outta the Planet Rock-approved young rockers. They keep the musical pace in top gear on 'Monster' and, to round the party off, the group's drummer celebrating his birthday with some lovin' hugs off various Steelhouse peeps, thankfully for him mostly the female of the species.
These guys certainly keep the Irish musical legacy flag flying high as they end with the blistering 'Bleed You Dry' and The Fighting Wolves' very own little anthem, 'One Minute More'.
Another merit for the Steelhouse C.V.
Love It Live.......
[Photos by Ashlea Matthews]
If you want to pick up a copy of Fighting Wolves, 'Prologue' EP - CLICK HERE