Bigfoot – Cardiff, Fuel – 3 November 2017 Print
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 27 November 2017 04:40

Bigfoot have been together since 2014. I’ve been following them since Steelhouse 2016, when they took the stage and runway by storm. This headline tour is on the back of their first album.  The two EPs which preceded it were self-released affairs, with some great tracks which got the crowds going, like ‘Stone Soldiers’ and the favourites ‘Bitch Killer’ and ‘Blame It On The Dog’. 

 

The self-titled album was a bit of a surprise to me as I was expecting some of the old tracks remixed/mastered and a few new ones. When I reviewed it for Über Rock on its release I was blown away by complete new musician offer.  Since the last time I was very pleased to find out they had deservedly been picked up by the Frontiers SRL label to be stablemates with Inglorious and Wayward Sons so this was a chance to see the new stuff live.

 

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On a bill with Merthyr trio of rockers Florence Black, Burton on Trent’s Theia and Bridgend’s Those Damn Crows it was a chance to see two new bands to me.

 

Florence Black opened the show with a shortened set of in your face rock ranging from one of their new tracks Burn to their inimitable cover of Budgies classic Breadfan the trio of Tristan Thomas on guitar and vocals, Jordan Evans (aka Fozzi) on bass and the windmill that is Perry Davies on drums were a fantastic opener to the evening. 

 

This was rapidly followed by Theia, another trio, this time from Burton on Trent.  The driving bass and drums of this trio were a revelation. A seven-song set of varied songs showing a wide variety of influences from both their albums was topped of by possibly the best track about celebrity wannabes I’ve heard, ‘Whoop De F***ing Doo’. You really need to check out this band in your local venue as they are fantastically entertaining and excellent songwriters.

 

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Those Damn Crows, from just up the road a bit in Bridgend, then filled the small stage with their five-piece membership and their travelling crowd.  They mixed up the order of their first album and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed it. It was spoilt a bit by the guy crowd surfing who was a bit worse for wear and almost got dropped a few times. 

 

Bigfoot then hit the stage and opened with ‘Tell Me A Lie’, the first of the set from their album and one that set the bar very high.  This five-piece from Wigan rocked the ass out of Fuel from this point on.  This band are classic rock with the looks, attitude and talent of a future supergroup to rival many of the bands in the twilight of their careers.  ‘Eat Your Words’, ‘Run’ and ‘Prisoner Of War’ followed in quick succession. The guitar playing of Mick McCullagh and Sam Miller flashes back and forth like the swords of two duellists from the French Revolution.  The solid rhythm section of Tom Aspinall (drums) and Matt Avery support the songs really well with both having their turns in the limelight throughout the set.  Whatever the music though, the vocals and show put on by Anthony Ellis on vocals would put many bands in the shade. 

 

A musical interlude of the ‘Top Gun’ theme gave Ellis a break before the band rocked into one of my favourites from their second EP, ‘The Other Side Of Paradise’.  My favourite track from the album, ‘Forever Alone’ was next up: this has the potential to rival Bryan Adams’ ‘Everything I Do…’ in my eyes.  ‘Karma’, ‘Freak Show’ and ‘I Dare You’ were next up before the crowd favourite ‘Bitch Killer’ rocked the place.  ‘Uninvited’ and ‘Blame It On The Dog’ preceded the final track, which has become my personal ear worm since the gig, ‘The Fear’.

 

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This was an amazing night of superb music all from classic rock genre.  These are four bands that will entertain bigger crowds before much longer. 

 

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