14 October 2018

Massive, Fuel Rock Club Cardiff 10.10.18

The boys from Melbourne rolled into the Welsh capital for the latest gig on their 51 date tour, with the aim of rocking Cardiff to its foundations and boy did they do just that. Supported by Death By Disco, The Rocket Dolls and Those Damn Crows, it was a night not to be missed and Midlands Metalheads Radio were there for you all.

Cardiff band Death By Disco kicked the night off and this five-piece got the heads nodding and the feet tapping. Unfortunately, they only had a twenty minute slot and I think they need to be seen higher up the bill to get a true idea of what they’re about.

Death By Disco

 

The Rocket Dolls from Brighton are, and were, immense. In Nikki Smash, they have one of the most charismatic and confident frontmen in the business and he is ably supported by drummer Benji Knopfler and bassist Joe Constable (I so wanted him to say to the audience ‘Evening All’). For a three piece, they make an amazing sound and featured songs from their recent album ‘DeaDHeaD’. The title track and ‘None Of This Is Right’ are superb live and others showed just how tight and talented they are.

The Rocket Dolls

 

Those Damn Crows couldn’t lose. Local boys (Bridgend to be exact), a new album out that a few days later hit the top 5 in the Rock Album Chart, numerous members of the audience sporting their t-shirts and a set that oozed quality. Even when there was a minor delay for a technical problem, they kept the crowd entertained. Frontman Shane Greenhall owns the stage (check out the interview we had with him below) and the band stormed through tracks from the new release ‘Murder And The Motive’. If you’re not singing along to the likes of ‘Rock n Roll Ain’t Dead’, ‘Don’t Give A Damn’ and ‘Blink Of An Eye’, check your pulse. Superb!

Those Damn Crows

And so to Massive, touring ahead of the release of their third album ‘Rebuild Destroy’, out on February 1st 2019. We were treated to some new stuff from it, including the new single ‘Roses’, but don’t be fooled by the title – it rocks! They started off with ‘Blood Money Blues’ from their 2016 album ‘Destination Somewhere’ and that set the tone for the next hour – loud, dirty rock n roll. You know what you’re getting with Massive and the band t-shirts in the audience showed just how popular these Australians are. They don’t do individual dates, it’s a tour or nothing and whoever supports them, they deliver. Their debut album ‘Full Throttle’, gave us ‘Lacey’, ‘Bring Down The City’ and ‘Dancefloor’ and brand new songs ‘Long Time Coming’ and ‘What You Gonna Do’ show what to expect on ‘Rebuild Destroy’, bulldozing their way into your head. Two more newbies, ‘Generation Riot’ and the aforementioned ‘Roses’ are followed by favourites ‘Ghost’ and ‘One By One’. We even get ‘Highway Star’ and ‘Highway To Hell’ as well!!! Frontman Brad Marr is a great leader of proceedings – check out what he had to say on the interview below.

 

An excellent night, superb value for money and bands to keep your eye on!

 

Pictures courtesy of Morag Farley

 

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Massive, Those Damn Crows, The Rocket Dolls, Death By Disco