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Unicorn, Camden 9 April 2011
was on a mission, in fact I was on a couple of missions, no make that
three. GRTR's chief editor Sir David Randall had turned my ears on to a
'lil rock band from Seattle by the name of Stone Axe.
A band who
have been thrown into the stoner rock movement; stoner rock, classic
rock, call them what you will but on first listen to their self titled
debut - which was actually originally released in the States in 2009
me travelling back in a time machine to the glory days of early
mission was to get to the venue which is stuck in the middle of Camden
and Holloway in North London. Normally this is easy peasy, but
with London Transport deciding to do their usual party trick of closing
half the tube lines at the weekend, due to engineering works, including
the Northern Line that runs right through Central London this was going
to be a tricky affair, especially as the London Overground was playing
the same game.
A plan was
needed, then bingo! My photographer Buckers and I live on opposite ends
of the Central Line, ''Bucker's, meet me in the Crobar and from there we
can get the bus.'', ''OK captain.'' came the assuring reply.
mentioned this before in a few reviews but starting the evening off in
London's coolest rock 'n roll hangout the Crobar is not always a good
idea as you can check in anytime you want, but you can never leave.
Next door at
the Borderline the reformed Wolfsbane are playing and I have many
friends here doing their best to make me stay put especially when I tell
them I'm off to see Stone Axe. ''Who?'' they ask, but I pity the poor
fools who don't know quality when it smacks them on the nose.
Rock's Malcolm 'Hand of Doom' Dome and Jerry 'Spewing' Ewing are also
here in the Cro tonight for an apertif and like all great minds, know
where the great music lies tonight, before we all get the No.29 bus into
the darkest depths of Camden.
one to go, my next mission is to hunt down founder Stone Axe member Tony
Reed for an interview. I walk straight to the bar and bang! There
is my man, but there's a problem.There's nowhere quiet to go for an
interview as this pub venue dosn't have a dressing room and the
place is packed with talkative punters. With a beep beep and a honk honk,
we decided on the roadside.
interview was done we carried on our conversation inside the venue and
were name checking all our favourite bands, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep,
Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Sweet - you can hear
all these bands inside the music of Stone Axe - we even try to outwit each
other by talking about lesser known bands such as Widowmaker and Leaf
Hound...Wait a minute, did you say Leaf Hound?
It just so
happens that the drummer from Leaf Hound is here tonight and I introduce
the pair and the chat carries on for another hour only disrupted by the
fact the band have got a gig to play.
plays all the instruments on their two albums Stone Axe I & II. In the
live setting he opts for the guitar and what a cracking live band he has
On drums is
Mykey Haslip who is hotter than a docker's armpit and the Free-style
bass of Mike DuPont. Vocalist Dru Brinkerhoff is a real gem sounding
like early Coverdale, Bon Scott and even Black Crowes Chris Robinson all
rolled into one. It doesn't get better than that.
has a different edge and you can name check those aforementioned bands
in all of their tracks as well as Humble Pie, Faces, even a dash of
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
For those of you who remember them, Cry Of
Love dabbled in seventies rock back in the mid-nineties but were around
at the wrong time as the world was listening to grunge, and ironically
it is a band that has come out of Seattle who have truly mastered the
art of seventies rock.
Unfortunately, the set was cut short due to time restraints, but this
was all we needed tonight as this was a scrumptious taster of the shape
of things to come.
I've found the rebirth of rock 'n roll!
Set list: Riders Of The Night / Black Widow / Chasing Dragons / On With
The Show / Old Soul / There'd Be Days / The Skylah Rae / Taking Me Home