The Ruckus, Deadfire & GutterGodz – Stonehaven Town Hall – 25/10/13
I really don’t know what to say here. We have a gig at Stonehaven Town Hall put on by Fat Hippy Records and Ma Simpsons. Three bands, all who have released albums of late and are well known in local music circles. It was £6 to get in. About 20p less than a standard fish supper. And yet, hardly anyone came. Why? I don’t know. Do some bands play too much, hence folk don’t need to travel when someone makes the effort to put on a decent gig outwith the city? I still don’t know.
Up first were GutterGodz, fronted as always by the energetic Jon Davie. You can’t help but tick the rockstar boxes when Jon plays and he really is a likeable chap. I always think they need another guitarist to maybe give Jon that bit of support and even more freedom to play around on stage. But, as always, he plays as though the room is full and I’m a bit pissed off that more people didn’t make the effort to come along already.
Then its the turn of Deadfire. I’d seen them twice before, neither time really convinced me they were above average. Harsh, but true. But now, wow, what a difference a year makes. Many local gigs including some decent support slots and just back this very same day from their first UK tour and its like a different band. Singer Charlie Munro is a standard rough and ready rock front man with denims and beer but now he seems to have discovered more vocal range, not sure who has developed that but its been the finishing touch that the other three musicians have needed I think. Breakneck rock n roll is all well and good but we need to slow it down sometimes to reel the audience in and tonight I think they showed their maturity. Just been announced to support Phil Campbell of Motorheads band in Milton Keynes so obviously someone else has been impressed with Deadfire of late. Just a shame that the very small audience kept their distance when Charlie requested (a few times) they come closer as I think bands do feed off a lively audience but hey, that’s life.
Last up are The Ruckus. It’s like a kinda rock n roll show where the musicians really are good at what they do and really enjoy it. As above, I think they played better tonight than the couple of times I’ve seen them before and the people who were there also enjoyed it. It’s a happy set with smiles all over the stage. I liked and a great end to the evening.
To summarise. I’m still a bit annoyed at the lack of people there. Just being honest. I’m a passionate man and I know when people put the effort in to organise something like this and hardly anyone turns up I feel for the people involved and it gives no encouragement to take shows out of the city in the future.
What did you miss? Three local bands with bags of experience, all their own material on cd, and now playing at the absolute top of their game.
For those that turned up and paid the six quid. I salute you.
Words and pics by Still Burning.
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