AFD Shift - Barfly - Friday 27th
Three new bands for Chop to have a nose at.
Thanks to Mel for putting me (and gig buddy Bill) on the guest
list, and Rob and Dave from Adust for the between band chats.
D-Tox. Have been around for a while but have
had more than their fair share of ill-fortune with lineup changes.
Hopefully their current lineup will give them stability and the
chance to push onwards. Band consists of Luke on vocals (thanks
for the setlist!), Mark on guitar, Mitch on bass and backing vocals
and the recently added Haza on drums. They are listed on their
as a punk band, although they also display metal and hardcore
leanings. Luke has a laid back style both with his vocals and
his frontman duties but he's affable enough. Overall sound was
a bit thin for me - I'd like to see them with a second guitarist
and a harder edged sound. Good to see a drummer using a kicker
sparingly instead of the non-stop blast beating that seems to
be the norm these days. For the sake of completeness tonight's
setlist was Wasted, Waste Of Time, Fall
Into Me, Get Off, You Can't Save The World,
About Time, So Alone, Silent Sigh and
Forbidden. Fellas I understand you are working on new
material at the moment; let me know when it's finished please
and I'll come and see you again.
Martyr de Mona were the main reason for me being
at the gig as I'd been asked to review them. Thanks again to Mel
for the introductions to the band members and good to have a pre-set
chat with you all! I'd sum up their style as heavy stadium rock,
big riffs and good hooks. Melodic yet hard hitting at the same
time. Could see these guys going down a storm in the States. Vocals
are a lot cleaner than most bands around at the moment and there's
plenty of soloing too. Louis takes on the majority of the vocals
(and frontman role) and trades lead and rhythm guitar work with
Simon who also takes on some of the vocals. Stephen on bass and
Jay on drums complete the lineup. Eva and Am I Sorry(?)
started the set in blistering fashion. Closure is an
equally heavy song although this has lengthy, subtle, intro and
outro sections. Four in your face songs wrapped things up in the
shape of Mind Ruined Bodies, Divide Et Impera,
In Our Defence and Dementia. Tight as a band
this was a polished display. They have a confident stage presence
and clearly enjoy what they are doing. Jay's drumming was particularly
stylish and brutal, hits the kit fearfully hard and seems to have
a ludicrous amount of time even when playing intricate rhythms.
Definitely a band to keep an eye on. Nowhere near as vicious as
my usual listening, but they ooze confidence and with a bit of
luck will do very well for themselves.
AFD Shift. Listed in the Metro as "experimental
pop-rock & electro combo" ??! Think in English that means
they are a crossover band (now there's an Eighties term that hasn't
been aired for a while...). Keyboard player, two guitarists, bass,
drummer and vocalist they combine a lot of different styles. Closest
reference points would be Faith No More, Janes Addiction, Rage
Against The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Keyboards were
way too loud for the first couple of songs which didn't endear
them to me I'm afraid. Sound improved as they went on but they
were nothing special. I've seen this type of thing done much,
much better.over the years. Beef up the guitar sound and throw
in a few solos and they might be in with a shout. Solid enough
musically and tight enough as a band just not distinctive enough.
Martyr de Mona were head and shoulders the best
band on the night. Very classy, keep playing gigs like this and
they should go on to bigger and better things. Think you may have
another convert fellas!!