Andy McKee Live in London – review.

Andy McKee Live in London – review.
Date – 30/03/14
Venue – Union Chapel, London. (venue rating is 7 out of 10 and the sound quality is 8 out of 10)
Bill – Andy McKee with Petteri Sariola opening the show.

First up was Petteri Sariola, who Andy personally introduces to the crowd.
It doesn’t seem like many people knew who he was but from the first song you could tell he was gaining some more fans.
His playing was just phenomenal and his voice was top notch too.
He played a cover of ‘wake me up before you go go’ during which Andy McKee and Mike Dawes provided some joking backing vocals shouting a line of the song, which the crowd found very amusing.
The crowd were very respectful of the fact that it was only him and his guitar and that it would be easy for him to be thrown off by them making noise and didn’t make a sound well he playing.
Then at the end of his half hour set he played his most popular song ‘Prime’ and got a fantastic reaction to the audience (which included Andy himself and Mike Dawes).
8 out of 10.

After a short wait Andy came onstage and greeted the audience again and began his set.
From the moment he started playing everyone went silent and were just in awe of him.
He played through some old songs, some new songs and some of his more well known songs such as Rylynn and his cover of the Toto classic ‘Africa’.
It was nice to see an artist who talked to the audience like he was having a conversation with his friend.
He joked around a lot and shared some stories about his tour with Dream theater and playing with Prince and some stories about the songs, he also joked about making his vocal debut that night.
He seemed so grateful to everyone for supporting his music.
His playing was simply phenomenal; I was mesmerized.
Eventually after another new song he left the stage but the crowd weren’t leaving yet so he came back on and played his classic ‘Drifting’.

8 out of 10.

Neil Ivy.


Is it really a problem when a band’s album leaks early?

I think it’s a huge problem because people don’t buy albums very often as it is so it gives people a chance to decide not to even touch it before it even comes out but are still able to hear all the songs without paying for them so in the end the bands may have a lot of people listen to the album but don’t make much money from it which would be really difficult for a band that doesn’t make much money but has a family to provide for.

Neil Ivy.

Bands hiring songwriters

Personally I prefer it when bands write their own songs but I don’t think that it’s that bad and it doesn’t make the song mean any less to me if they do use songwriters because if I really connect with a song I don’t mind where it came from because I’m so grateful that it’s there.
Sometimes I’ll prefer a cover to an original song but that doesn’t make me feel less of the song because it was originally written by someone else so why would it be any different if the person that wrote the song didn’t actually release a version?
Plus it leaves a place in the music industry for people with writing talent but are unable to sing or play the song well enough.

Temples gig review (London)

Temples gig review
Date – 08/03/14
Bill – Temples with support from Childhood and Dark Bells.
Venue – o2 Academy Shepherds Bush. (8 out of 10 for the venue and 7 out of 10 for the sound quality)

First up are newcomers ‘Dark Bells’ who put on a good performance and get a decent response from the audience.
6 out of 10

Secondly are psych’ rockers ‘Childhood’ who play through their brilliant set and captivate the audience with a brilliant response and to my confusion the audience even opened up a small mosh pit to their mellow, captivating, psychedelic rock.
7 out of 10

Eventually Temples come up and play their headlining set to a packed crowed, opening with the single ‘Colours To Life’ and play through songs such as keep In The dark, A Question Isn’t Answered and Move With The Season.
The audience are dancing, singing along, and jumping for the whole set and it seemed like the band enjoyed every minute of it.
Brilliant set by a brilliant new band, I look forward to see more of them in the future.
7 out of 10.

Neil Ivy

Crowbar gig review.

Crowbar gig review.
Date – 04/03/14
Venue – The Garage, London. (venue rating is 6 out of 10 and the sound quality is 4 out of 10)
Bill – Crowbar with support from Dripback and Hang the bastard.

First up tonight are Dripback who burst into a ferocious blend of hardcore punk and death metal. They give it there all up there on that small stage with response from the audience but still they seem extremely grateful even for the small amount of crowd reaction that they got.
4 out of 10.

Next up are sludge heavy-weights Hang the bastard.
From the first slow, sludgy, down-tuned riff the band immediately start killing it.
You can tell they’re all having a great time and are all giving it 100% And a large amount of the crowd show their appreciation by nodding their heads along to the riffs and a few guys start to really loose themselves and try to open up a pit but the rest of the audience were less than keen.
They seem to be a fantastic product of Kirk Windstein and Tony Iommi mixed with almost black metal vocals.
7 out of 10.

Finally tonight’s headliners and New Orleans sludge heavy weights ‘Crowbar’ take the stage.
The crowd erupts as they burst into the second song the set and the old classic “High Rate Extinction”.
As they reach the heaviest riff of the song, the pit goes crazy and almost the whole room is headbanging and showing their enjoyment.

They play through some of the other old classics such as All I Had (I Gave), Planets Collide, Self -Inflicted and The Lasting Dose.
Through the whole set the crowd never looses the energy or seems to get bored, there’s constantly a pit going and every one is constantly bopping there heads along to Kirk’s heavy riffs.
At the end of the set after the encore the band stand at the edge of the stage showing their appreciation to the fans for coming out by shaking hands and giving out drum sticks, guitar picks and when Kirk ran out of guitar picks he even gave his spare change to an adoring fan as a souvenir.
Tonight the band show who the true kings of sludge are and the smile on Kirk’s face shows why we would quit the almighty ‘Down’ to focus on Crowbar full time, and lastly tonight proves that Kirk is truly as is says on his guitar pick, the “Riff Lord”
8 out of 10.

Neil Ivy.