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Windmill,Rayner's Lane,London 28 March 2004
A free gig is never to be missed especially when it involves two
new rock bands. A good-sized crowd (over 150 easily) considering it
was a Sunday night and apparently the landlord was happy as bar
takings were triple the normal Sunday night amount. Who said rock
fans were a bunch of boozers Plus proves that live bands pull the
punters in if promoted!
Mother's Ruin started the evening off with a varied covers set
ranging from a blistering version of Aerosmith's `Mama Kin' (although
the other Aerosmith cover `Dude Looks Like A Lady' didn't quite work)
to Motorhead's `Ace of Spades' via `Growing On Me' by the Darkness
(credit to the singer/guitarists who made a decent stab at getting
those falsetto vocals right!). Good to see `Kick Out The Jams' get an
airing as well (a staple of many a Blue Oyster Cult show and
originally a Doors number). A very competent three-piece, who are
well worth seeing if they play near you.
Have to be very honest for the next band as Reloaded features my
good friend Nikk Gunns. Good to see them live after illness prevented
any live shows at the tail end of last year and you could see the
band were itching to get going. Cover opened the set, a Steppenwolf
classic but not the obvious one, instead `Magic Carpet Ride' and a
fine way to start the set off. Reloaded play mostly originals which
is a brave move given that most of the audience tonight would be
hearing these songs for the first time. Some good tunes
including `She's No Angel', the Bon Jovi styled ballad `I Believe'
and '68 & I Owe You One'.
In guitarist Chris they have a real find (plus a deadringer for a young Bernie Marsden!) as he tackles blues
rock style and fats soloing with ease. He also covered the dual
guitar roles of the Thin Lizzy classic `Jailbreak' with aplomb. Only
quibble of the night was the rock steady bass of Johnny Tuck was
doing a Manowar and drowning out the guitar for the first two
numbers, but a quick sound tweak and all was fine. Quick mention as
well about vocalist Nikk Gunns, he has the attitude and the stage
moves down to a tee and in the music world self-belief is an all-
Very enjoyable night of rock `n' roll and hopefully both bands
will see more live action in the coming months.
Review: Jason Ritchie