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The Gaff, London 6 November 2009
interesting night was to be had in the North of London this evening with a
talented diverse three band bill in a cosy little venue called The Gaff.
opened proceedings, orignally hailing form Florida under the name Bangtoy
69. The band had minor success in the States before calling it a
Lee decided to pack his bags for the UK and start afresh a decade later
with a new line up. Along with the wonderfully named Johnny Nonsense
on guitar Bangtoy made a loud brattish start to the evening with some
infectious riffs that lay in the gutter of where Skid Row would pee.
has a lot of front and got the crowd singing on 'Your Outta Luck', with
lyrics that wouldn't be out of place on a Steel Panther album. Good
female fronted progressive goth rock bands are starting to talk in hushed
tones about Achilla. A band that have embraced the multiculturalism
of London featuring members from Italy, Greece, Spain and Hungary and
making the capital their home.
Martamaria ,the Rudapest from Budapest the band played some very tight
hooks reminiscent of the debut sound from Evanescence. For a band
that still in their early days I was very impressed at how strong they
'Your Face' showed where the band are heading before climaxing with 'Arashi',
a track that was recently included on a Metal Hammer CD.
tell if Achilla can reach the champions league status of Nightwish but
there's no reason why they can't snatch a Europa position from the likes
of Leaves Eyes.
are a band that should be playing on bigger stages. Featuring ex
Gillan members Bernie Torme on guitar and John McCoy on the bass, the band
are completed by drummer versatile Robin Guy who is a joy to watch, often
criss-crossing his arms without missing a beat.
still plays with his distinctive out of tune Hendrix style, songs from the
band's two releases were coming fast and furious with a fun punky rock
sound. The mammoth that is John McCoy surely most own the coolest
bass guitar in the world. The elephant head looking bass complete
with tusks was literally smoking at times.
moved up a gear with 'Rocky Road' an enjoyable Irish jig of a number that
had me punching the air. Bernie Torme once performed in Ozzy Osbourne's
touring band after Randy Rhoads passed away and paid tribute with a great
version of 'Mr Crowley' which was followed by a drum solo from Robin Guy
who was keeping the ladies entertained.
Gillan track was actually a hit cover of 'New Orleans' which was great for
everyone to join in with it vocal lines of ''Hey,hey,hey yer''.
surprised the boys still do a song made famous by their former employee in
the shape of 'Smoke On The Water', but no one near me was complaining.
encore Torme paid homage to his hero with a blazing version of 'Fire',
truly amazing. A brilliant band that are a lot of fun, could do with
a bit more of Gillan and Torme solo stuff though, but's that's only
because I'm such a big fan. Glad I finally managed to catch this
band live, you should do the same.
Set list: Cannonball / Bullet In The Brain / Wheel Of Fortune / Can't Beat
Rock 'N Roll / Perfumed Garden / Ball 'N Chain / You Can't Hold Me / Punko
Rocco / Down To Here / Rocky Road / Longer Than Tomorrow / Mr Crowley /
New Orleans / Smoke On The Water... Encore...Fire
Review by Mark
Photos by Noel
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