REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTOS by RICHARD ROSS of Thunderbolt Photography
A mesmerising set was played by Stoke-on-Trent band Silverchild on their homecoming at local venue The Underground.
Back in the Potteries to launch their forthcoming debut EP, the group played music that harked back to a sound reminiscent of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
It was simple but effective, as within the first minute of going on stage, they pretty much had the audience in the palm of their hand.
Alex Hiley’s vocals were a perfect companion to the guitar riffs and drum beats, she definitely has what is called a proper rock voice.
The support, all local groups, were just as good, making for a great gig overall.
Circus Junkie Rebels looked and played like a band who have a bright future ahead of them, Lovesick for Mina had a strong set, considering their vocalist Letitia Turner was six months pregnant, and brand new group Rage Cave made a brilliant debut, merely shrugging off what could have been an catastrophic moment for them when one of vocalist/guitarist Max Jefferies’s guitar strings snapped.
In an era of autotune, manufactured music and epic production values, it was refreshing to see a talented outfit such as Silverchild play back-to-basics heavy rock and to great effect too.
SILVERCHILD’S DEBUT EP WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.