Ryders Creed / Silverchild / Mouth In The South At The Globe, Glossop: Live Review
Words: Anne Estella | Photos: Anthony Firmin
Mouth In The South have got cajones! That might seem like an odd statement to start a review with, but hear me out. The last time I saw them perform was with Aussie rockers Massive earlier this month, when it transpired that they’d been offered the support slot just two days before the gig - with a brand new drummer who’d only played with them once before - and they absolutely smashed it! This time round the Manchester classic rock foursome were one man down – shredder Ashli Thorne was unable to make it at the last minute due to unavoidable circumstances and the band’s gutsy, visually impaired frontman Piers Gebbia was suffering from an ear infection, meaning that he could only hear out of one ear. Did that stop them? Not a chance!
Their well road-tested set consisted of songs from the band’s latest EP, ‘Aftershock’, and ended with Scream My Name from their debut EP, ‘Four Play’. Until now I hadn’t noticed the similarity between the intro of No Shame and Deep Purple’s Mistreated and for a moment I thought they were throwing a cover into the mix - I could see a Judas Priest track working well with Gebbia’s awesome vocals, so that may be something for him to consider in the future.
The only noticeable difference to their sound in Thorne’s absence was that Chidi Slater’s basslines were more prominent and with the odds stacked against them, they knocked it out of the park, yet again. It’s been a career-defining year for the band; they unveiled their new EP at a hometown launch show, appointed a fantastic new drummer and acquired a manager to boot! It can only be onwards and upwards for these gutsy lads, who are due to support Idlewar in Manchester this November and Gin Annie at Four Sticks IV in London in the New Year.
Mouth In The South are:
Piers Gebbia - Vocals & Guitar
Ashli Thorne - Guitar
Chidi Slater - Bass
Otis Rimmer - Drums
Live To Rock
Mouth In The South
Scream My Name
Stoke-on-Trent sleaze stompers Silverchild are one of a growing number of hard rock bands storming onto the scene, who not only have a female singer, but can boast at least another female musician among their number. Frontwoman Alex Hiley delivered an excellent vocal performance and confidently stalked the stage, shifting between accomplished axewoman Vic Jepson and right hand man Max Ryles on bass. This was drummer Ryan Dawkins’ first ever gig with Silverchild and he appeared to be right at home.
The band played a hard-hitting, riff-heavy set consisting of songs from their 2017 EP ’Red Desert’, including the record’s title track. New single Hands Off was given a good airing, while Dictator was a compulsive foot-tapper and a favourite of mine out of the songs they performed. They closed with bluesy swinger Pluto Pass, which piled on the attitude and showcased the voluptuous tone of Hiley’s vocals.
Alex Hiley - Wails
Vic Jepson - Riffs
Max Ryles - Basslines
Ryan Dawkins - Bashes
Black Cat Man
I’ve neglected to mention that we were at The Globe in Glossop. The local landmark is renowned for its outstanding vegan cuisine and live music, but something you should know about Glossop itself, is that it can get very, very, hand-numbingly, brain-freezingly cold! And on this particularly nippy October night, it was up to Staffordshire stallions Ryders Creed to deliver a white-hot performance, capable of warming the cockles of our hearts (and hopefully the rest of our bodies too).
The five-piece burst into action with the combustible spark and irrepressible energy of a fireball. Smiling frontman Ryan Hulme danced around the stage while he sang, clearly having the time of his life. His vocals were on point and the band played as an effortlessly tight, well-oiled machine, whose dexterity and musicianship was a perfect match to the lyrically well-written, hook-laden songs they were so deftly delivering.
The dynamic set comprised songs from the Creed’s acclaimed debut album, which dropped earlier this year, including the punchy track, Headspace. Another highlight was Raise The Hoof, which is a nod to the band’s sponsor Cloven Hoof Rum and includes their strapline ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, receiving the loudest cheers and applause of the night. The band interacted very comfortably together and there was some stellar drumming from Lee Gilbert as well as a very tasty little Voodoo Child jam, courtesy of six-stringer Lee Spencer.
In what can only be described as a rousing speech, Hulme wholeheartedly thanked the crowd for supporting all of the New Wave Of Classic Rock bands that are rising through the ranks at the moment, of which Ryders Creed can justifiably be considered amongst the frontrunners. There are more incredible NWOCR bands out there just waiting to be discovered and if anybody thinks that rock is dead, they’re obviously not looking for it in the right places. Tonight, The Globe was where some of these inspiring young bands flew the flag for high-voltage rock ‘n’ roll, consummately shaping the future of Britain’s musical landscape. And for that we thank you, from the bottom of our thawed hearts.
Ryders Creed will be holding a Christmas party on 15th December at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, marking their final headline show of 2018! Visit their Facebook page for ticket details.
Ryders Creed are:
Ryan Hulme - Vocals
Lee Spencer - Guitar
Myles Cooper - Guitar
Richard Clark - Bass
Lee Gilbert - Drums
On The Road
Set You Free
Begging For More
Raise The Hoof
Voodoo Child (jam)