SUPPORT: Jesse’s Divide, Infinity
REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTOS by SIMON WARD
The Rigger, a rock venue on the outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme, played host to three bands who were the perfect cure for the January blues.
Being the first full weekend of 2017 and after the festivities of Christmas and New Year, it would have been understandable if the attendance had been sparser than usual, but I saw absolutely no evidence of this, with a sizable audience, a real mix of young and more seasoned rockers, packing into the intimate space.
Local outfits Jesse’s Divide and Infinity were the best possible warm-ups, both playing a big, crowd pleasing sound, led by two frontmen who were naturals in this position, showing much confidence with their rallying of the patrons, but crucially, not letting themselves overshadow the music.
Infinity were great as always, they seem to have really grown as a band since I first saw them last year, with the whole group on top form, playing well their style of melodic hard rock.
Jesse’s Divide were an outfit who showed total concentration, perfecting their blend of progressive metal and alternative rock, containing some brilliant guitar solos.
However, this did not stop them from having fun, with vocalist/guitarist Simon Ward interacting freely with the audience, even throwing in some free custard doughnuts for them to enjoy.
Therefore, it must have been quite a job for Coventry headliners Black Star Bullet to top all that, but they rose to the challenge and easily succeeded, wowing the crowd with a set consisting mainly of good old fashioned, no frills heavy rock, which was of no doubt of high and wide appeal.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening watching three Midlands bands who vary in experience, but all have these important common factors: they definitely know how to play to an audience, and are all of immense talent.