Fiefdom and 10 Volt at The Globe: Live Review
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin
10 Volt (they used to be called Halfway Home) didn’t appear on my radar until a couple of days ago when they came up as a suggestion on Facebook and tonight they are performing at Glossop’s infamous music venue The Globe. Social Media knowing way too much about our lives is worrying but beyond the scope of this review. Back to The Globe and the main room is slowly being transformed as the previously dangerous stage has now been modified - just ask Arjun from Gorilla Riot how bad it was after his ankle ended up in plaster for a couple of months.
These guys are surprisingly slick, their lighter side of rock peppered with easy listening, Radio 2 friendly songs. Whilst easily digestible rock like this may not be every hard rockers cup of tea, it makes a change and I readily admit to thoroughly enjoying their set.
The slower Leap Of Faith showcases singer Spencer Cartwright‘s voice, as do all the songs; easily comparable to Graham Bonnet in his early 80’s heyday, his voice is extremely powerful yet clear. The rest of the band are no slouches and provide exactly what is necessary for the delivery of the songs without any fluff. Give Me A Reason has a cool groove to it before they end on Big Shot, proving they are ready for the big time - the New Wave Of Classic Rock needs to wake up and take notice.
Rebranding is not something a band should take lightly and Mouth In The South decided to take the leap of faith necessary to change their name which hopefully move them to the next level - and tonight is their first show as Fiefdom. To paraphrase Led Zeppelin, the songs remain the same and their set follows a similar thread to last weeks final MitS show at Grand Central but played with renewed confidence, a new beginning.
The band is revisiting old songs along the way too with No Way Back Down still sounding as fresh as a daisy, whereas Tease teases the audience with a more complex, grittier sound, Stand Your Ground finishing the set. A well deserved encore revisits songs from the main set including a brutal Live To Rock, which shows they desperately need more material in their set which I am sure will be remedied soon.
Chidi Slater, sports a new Cort bass that sounds great in the mix too (I am sure he will be pleased to know) and still manages to bounce around the stage, courting attention whilst Piers guitar and Halford-esque vocals are still the uniqueness that is so key for this band so stand out.
A fine restart for this much loved band - the rest of the globe awaits because Fiefdom have arrived - flat earthers should stay away.