|Buffalo Summer/Fireroad - Ebbw Vale, Steelhouse - 29th March 2013|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:00|
"Father forgive them," but these Steelhouse guys know exactly what they're doing here on this very, very Good Friday at The Ebbw Vale Steelhouse on a stonkingly hot crossed bill featuring two of Wales's finest new talents; Fireroad and, as a warm up date for their tour with the mighty Skid Row, a slot on the Download Festival bill and an appearance at the Steelhouse Festival in July, the one and only Buffalo Summer.
Fireroad unleash their musical wares to the Steelhouse masses first on this Easter double bill, kicking in with the opening tracks from their Uber Rock-approved album release, the title track, 'I Got Sound' and 'Find A Way', the four piece, which features frontman Richard Jones who previously played in Tragic Love Company that later evolved into the Stereophonics, emitting a kinda 'Phonics musical feel with a little AC/DC sliding into the equation for good measure. But there's plenty of Fireroad originality here too, filled to the brim with intensity and belief and some good time groovin', on compositions such as 'Never Wrong' and 'Leave My Heart'. Bouncy bass heavy rhythms mix admirably with neat vocal passages and hooky guitar licks on 'Swinging Brick' and 'Before The Matinee', solid beats throughout, before climaxing - musically speaking, of course - on the superb slide guitar-driven 'Knock It Away'. Catchy guys, catchy.
A much anticipated headline performance judging by tonight's decent turn out, Buffalo Summer hit the stage running with album opener 'She's All Natural' and 'A Horse Called Freedom' with an image and entwined music combination that bounces down into this cool as **** '70s retro vibe; 'Truth From Fable', 'Rolls On Through' and 'March Of The Buffalo' all performed with such a classic rock 'n' roll groove.
A band for the Steelhouse ladies too with plenty of them shaking their booties to some old school showmanship from vocalist Andrew Hunt and rather ably assisted by drummer Gareth Hunt, bassist Darren King and guitarist Jonny Williams and, as songs like 'Keep On Runnin' and 'Ol' Duke' ring out, it's a question of can these guys chill down any further with their stage presence and musical style and elegance. 'Typhoid Mary' is a tuneeee of tunes, as is 'Down To The River', the nailing their performance to the retro-slanted cross with a banging groove-fuelled rendition of the Otis Redding (via The Black Crowes) classic 'Too Hard To Handle'.
Dear God....these guys got it, leaving to rapturous applause from the assembled Steelhouse entourage.
Love It Live.....Once Again !!