The UK’s breaking band’s scene is presently a hive of activity, with so much emerging talent coming through the ranks – it’s really a great place to be right now.
Tonight a triple-header featuring local lads DeeVer, Cornwall’s finest purveyors of power metal King Creature and Swiss classic rockers Daxx and Roxane open their current UK run at the O2 Academy Newcastle.
The beauty of this tour is that each act on the bill brings something a bit different to the proceedings.
Rox And Roll
In an overly saturated music industry, bands these days have to have something special to set them apart from the rest. It’s quite difficult to put your finger on what that characteristic is, but when you see it or hear it, you recognise it immediately. Tonight Daxx and Roxane prove that they have certainly got that ‘X-factor’.
Since their last appearance on Tyneside alongside Bad Touch, Daxx and Roxane have been working on their eagerly anticipated sophomore album and tonight the group take the opportunity to road test a few of their freshest cuts. New tracks such as “Sugar Rush”, “Loneliness” and “Interstellar” certainly whet the crowd’s appetite for what will come in the not too distant future.
The Swiss quartet’s take on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, is one of the many highlights of the set. Just like the title of their debut album tonight the Geordies have been granted a “Ticket To Rock”.
With their energetic performance, catchy tunes and zany on-stage antics, Daxx and Roxane are simply a joy to behold.
Creatures of the Night
King Creature arrive on Tyneside hot off the back of an appearance at Wildfire Festival at the weekend.
The four-piece up the ante somewhat being unquestionably the heaviest band on the bill. With now two albums behind them and a deal with Marshall Records the Cornish outfit give the Tyneside crowd a taste of what they are all about.
Dave Evans and Matt K Vincent form a dynamic guitar partnership laying down some blistering fretwork, twin part harmonies and crunchy guitar riffs throughout. Whilst Frontman and bass player Dave Kellaway spurs on the crowd whilst simultaneously underpinning the band’s heavy rhythm alongside drummer Jack Sutton-Bassett.
Highlights from the set include the likes of the incredibly infectious “Fortune Teller”, the melodic “King For A Day” along with a thunderous airing of “Wrath”. Just like the title of their mosh pit inducing set closer King Creature has certainly got the “Power”.
Hailing from the North East of England, tonight’s headliners DeeVer kick off their current UK run on home turf in Newcastle.
Of course, the band’s frontman Billy Taylor witnessed great success as guitarist with Inglorious but opted for pastures new to pursue a sound which is more suited to his own tastes.
The ex-Inglorious axe man is joined onstage by a familiar face on the local music scene – Twister frontman/guitarist Stevie Stoker. This time around Stoker takes more of a back seat role within the group, making way for Taylor.
DeeVer recently released their excellent debut album You Need This. Subsequently, this evening’s set centres on their latest offering, with nine of the eleven tracks on the record featuring in the show.
DeeVer grapples with poignant topics such as the loss of a friend with the heartfelt number “Jim” alongside self-worth and validation fuelled by social media with “Only Enemy”. On the other hand, the catchy hooks and hard-hitting rhythm of the band’s recent single “Waves” makes it easy to understand why it has been garnering radio airplay on Planet Rock.
A superb cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” that even has the guys from Daxx and Roxane jumping around in the centre of the room closes out the band’s set. Taylor passes comment at the fact that he didn’t style himself on Mr Idol himself despite the similarities in their hairdos.
Watching DeeVer this evening, you can see the band are hungry for success and rightly so. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward. Post-Inglorious Taylor and DeeVer have delivered an arsenal of new material that will blow your socks off. Onwards and upwards for this talented bunch of Northerners.