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The Standard, Walthamstow, London 17 October 2009
Here at GRTR!
Towers Stray are one of our favourite bands. Led by the ever dynamic
Del Bromham who has steered the band through forty years of rocking
culminating with the release of last years excellent 'Valhalla' CD. The
best material from the band since the classic debut back in 1970.
I have to
give special mention to support - The Steve Boyce Band.
Despite the pub sounding band name, Boyce and his boys have been going for
some time and last year won a competition on Absolute Radio, which saw
them winning a support slot on the main stage opening for Eric Clapton at
Hyde Park. Playing standard hard rock music with catchy hooks, the
band are well worth checking out.
Stray many times and the band have never disappointed me and tonight was
to be no exception. The perfect setting to see Stray is on a
Saturday night in a club size venue with the beer flowing freely, which
was tonight here in the East End of London.
For a three
piece Stray create a powerful heavy bluesy sound. Del Bromham out front
gracing us with some great guitar solos whilst also singing songs with
passion and meaning. New boy drummer Karl Randall, the youngest
member of the band, has brought a metallic sound to the band especially on
the newer numbers.
confidence the band have in 'Valhalla' that five songs are performed which
all get great applause. The ever 'youthful' bassist Stuart Uren (who
defies age) takes on joint vocals on the funky 'Skin' and the infectious
'Free At Last' two tracks that are great even on first listen.
Pennsylvania Avenue' was another great new track which will send shivers
down the White House, and 'Harry Farr' continued the war theme, a story
about the execution of the young soldier for cowardice in 1916, is a
there was classic choices aplenty. The timeless 'Time Machine' is
always a joy to hear, as is the frantic 'Jericho'.
My favourite 'I Believe It' is the stadium track that Noel Gallagher never
wrote, a forgotten classic.
best known for 'All In Your Mind' which ended the main set tonight which
also included versions of 'Enter Sandman' and 'Daytripper' mid-section of
this epic track which ended with plenty of feedback from Bromham.
one of the hardest gigging bands in the UK and you can do them some
justice by checking them out. Like I said at the beginning, they
Set list : Houdini / Move A Mountain / Skin / Time Machine / Jericho /
After The Storm / 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue / Harry Farr / Free At Last / I
Believe It / Suicide / Buying Time / All In Your Mind... encores...
Hallelujah / Rock 'N Roll / Move It
by Mark Taylor
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