Reviews – Gigs

Set Your Goals – Gig Review

Monday 23rd May 2011
Sub 91, Leicester

Line Up:

Jordan Brown – Vocals
Matt Wilson – Vocals
Mike Ambrose – Drums
Dan Coddaire – Guitar
Audelio Flores Jr. – Guitar
Joseph Saucedo – Bass

Set Your Goals are a six-piece American pop-punk band hailing from California, and with the release of their third studio album ‘Burning At Both Ends’ due in June 2011 the guys are embarking on a series of UK tour dates before heading back over to the States.

Now, I’m not going to lie and I’m going to be honest in saying that I’m ashamed at myself for only just discovering Set Your Goals. The band formed in 2004, and during the 90’s when I was trying to find my feet with music and exactly what I enjoyed listening to, I spent a lot of time listening to the likes of New Found Glory and Sum 41. So, when the email landed in my inbox and I’d had the chance to check out the bands music on various music websites, I jumped at the chance of going to see them play at Leicester’s Sub 91.

Support for the night came from A Loss For Words and This Time Next Year, who I also thoroughly enjoyed. There’s nothing I like more than a support act that really knows how to get the crowds going, and it really says something about a band that can hold a crowd as big as the main act.

As soon as Set Your Goals came on stage the crowed were pumped and ready to get punked. So much so that I remember there being more feet in the air than hands! Mosh pits, circle pits, whatever you want to call them, they were formed. The crowed surfed, drank beer and had an awesome time.

The band played a number of tracks from their upcoming album ‘Burning At Both Ends’ as well as a number of previous tracks. We were also treated at an encore of three tracks, before being invited to meet the guys at the end of the night over by the merch table.

A great end to what was a great. I was so impressed with the band that I came home and pre-ordered the album, but not before my friend who was adamant he was buying a shirt, even if they only had it in size L when he only needed a S!



Godsized – Gig Review

Monday 14th February 2011
O2 Academy, Birmingham

Godsized are one of the best metal / heavy rock bands on the horizon in the UK at the moment, and on Monday 14th February 2011, I got the chance to watch as they ripped open the stage whilst supporting Black Label Society.

I had received their EP a few months earlier, and was blown away after the first few minutes of listening, so I couldn’t wait to see what the guys had in store for us live. There was no surprise as to how much of a crowd there was, because you head to shows and crowds can usually be at a minimal during support acts – not for Godsized. As soon as they walked on stage the room was full, and they had people shouting their name and raising a beer to them.

The EP only had 3 tracks on it, so I couldn’t wait to hear more material. Track after track, I was blown away. The band has so much confidence and talent, and it almost felt effortlessly perfect. It wasn’t just the music that was driven, it was the crowd too. It’s clear there is already a massive band base out there, but as soon as ‘The Phony Tough And The Crazy Brave’ came on, the audience stepped it up a notch once more. After all this I had to battle my way through the crowd to the merchandise table, because I just had to buy the latest copy of their album, which has a rocking 10 tracks on it.

Later in the evening Neil (Guitarist) spotted me in the crowd and came over to say hello, and I got my CD signed. What a fantastic way to end an awesome evening – Cheers Neil!


Twin Atlantic – Gig Review

Sunday 6th February 2011
Lock 42, Leicester

Sam McTrusty – Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals
Barry McKenna – Lead Guitar, Cello & Backing Vocals
Ross McNae – Bass, Piano & Backing Vocals
Craig McNeale – Drums

On Sunday 6th February, Twin Atlantic played one of Leicester’s newest music venues, Lock 42. The gig was initially planned to be at Sub 91, so when I heard of the venue changed I was a little concerned. Let me explain why…

Twin Atlantic, for anyone who hasn’t heard of them are the latest four piece, music sensation to come out of Scotland. They formed in 2007 and since then have built up a large fan base, of all ages, and have supported bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, Biffy Clyro, YouMeAtSix and the Lost Prophets.

Since then the band has done UK headline tours, played out in the States and festivals such as T in the Park and RockNess, signed with Red Bull Records and released an album called Vivarium, and are now in the process of recording their second album “Free” which is due for released in May 2011.

In my opinion, Twin Atlantic are certainly making a name for themselves, and playing a small venue in Leicester was a worry, as Leicester crowds can be a hard target to play to. How wrong could I have been this time.

Drinks and T-shirts were bought, mosh pits were started, arms were raised high (even a lighter at one point) and a brilliant time was had by all. Twin Atlantic certainly ripped up the stage, and the front row nearly ripped them up when “Lightspeed” came on and they all wanted a piece of Sam and his microphone. Some new material was played from the forthcoming album “free” as well as those classic tracks from “Vivarium”.

It was a heavy evening for a Sunday, so maybe we should mark Leicester as the city that never sleeps?