Tonight’s gig is at Percy Picklebackers (Formerly Billy Bootleggers) in Nottingham. I’ve been to this bar before, its fashioned on an American dive bar, the music is normally on the ground floor but for tonight’s gig we are upstairs. It’s a compact venue that holds around 140.
Tonight line up include some of the best new rock bands doing the circuit, and for the ticket price it’s is amazing. It’s so important to get out there and support these bands.
These Wicked Rivers.
First up we have These Wicked Rivers, coming from just down the road in Derby, this looks like it might be the second band from Derby to make it after The Struts. They have been compared to Black Stone Cherry, I can see this but they do have their own sound. They put on a very polished performance, quite amazing for a band third on the bill. I would defiantly catch them live if you get the chance. These Wicked Rivers are Arran Day on Lead Guitar, John Hartwell Lead vocals and Rhythm guitar, Sam Williams on bass, Dan Southall on drums, and Rich Wilson on Keys & Backing vocals.
Shine On; Money
When the War Is Won
Don’t Pray for Me
The Hot Damn!
Next up we have The Hot Damn!, the love child of The Amorettes and Tequila Mockingbird. I spoke to lead singer Gill a few weeks back when we saw them for the first time supporting The Middlenight Men in Camden, she explained that a couple of the members of The Amorettes decided they no longer wanted to be in a rock band, the rest, as they say, is history.
The Hot Damn! are Vocals/Guitar: Gill Montgomery, Guitar/Vox: Laurie Buchanan, Bass/Vox, Lizi Hayes, and on Drums: Josie O’Toole. The first thing to note is Josie, she may be small but she sure packs a punch on those drums. It’s fair to say this was a very hot gig, but not in that way, the aircon unit directly above the stage was pumping out hot air.
As before they put on a great set, highlights included the new single I Didn’t Like You Anyway currently getting airplay on Kerrang! radio. Another favourite was the old Amorettes song Everything I Learned. The Hot Damn! are destined for great things so catch them in these small venues while you can.
Catch Me If You Can
Enjoy the Ride
I Didn’t Like You Anyway
Everything I Learned.
This video was from the London gig.
The Dust Coda
The final act of the night are The Dust Coda, a band that really should be playing bigger venues. This has been a great year for the band having released their second album Mojo Skyline. You can’t call Mojo Skyline a classic album as it’s new, but I can say it will be considered as such in the future. It truly is a great album which has been proven by the airplay on Planet Rock. John Drake puts some real power into his vocals and guitar. They hail from London and were formed by John and guitarist Adam Mackie.
They start the set with the now very well-known ‘Jimmy 2 Times’, a great crowd-pleaser. Highlights included Breakdown and the Blondie cover Call Me, where John informs us we don’t do covers, apart from we’ve done one. I swear the floor was bowing under our feet, it’s fair to say this cover went down very well. They ended the set with another great track from Mojo Skyline ‘ Limbo Man ‘ . Look out for this band, the next time you see them will be either supporting an arena band or a bigger venue headline tour. The Dust Coda are John Drake Lead vocals and guitar, Adam Mackie on guitar, Scott Miller on drums and Tony Ho on bass.
Jimmy 2 Times
All I Got
Sun Goes Down
I’ve Been Waiting
Down in The Valley
Best Believe It
Sat 4th Dec London, Boston Music Room
Sun 5th Dec Manchester, Deaf Institute
Mon 6th Dec Glasgow, King Tuts
Tue 7th Dec Nottingham, Billy Bootleggers
Wed 8th Dec Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Fri 10th Dec Bristol, The Exchange
Sat 11th Dec Birmingham, Dead Wax
Sun 12th Dec Southampton, Heartbreakers
Rock News had the pleasure of interviewing Adam from The Dust Coda back in January, read the what they had to say here.
You can check out even more from the bands below!