Sky Valley Mistress reach for the Star(s and Garter)

Sky Valley Mistress reach for the Star(s and Garter)

Words and photos: Anthony Firmin

It is a last minute decision to hit Manchester and support an Up From Under show on a very, very wet and dreary night.  Luckily I managed to park just around the corner from the Star & Garter amidst all the hellacious traffic around Piccadilly Station.

All the way from Didcot, My Diablo are already in full swing when I arrive.  With their classic rock/metal sound they come across like a band that had been around for years, not one that had only been in existence 9 months.  Check out the video to see what I mean…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99cp9IZIkgA

https://www.facebook.com/Mydiablorocks/

Next up are Witch Tripper who brought their monstrous riffs and NWOBHM sound all the way from Mansfield for this show, and their music is taking me right back to the early 80’s and sounding tight.  Check out the riffage on Turbo Bitch

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDuEOjTV2Qw

www.facebook.com/witchtripperuk/

1968 are arguably very popular in these parts and for many one of the main draws for tonights little shindig.  The band smash their riffs and the crowd nod in agreement; there is even a small mosh pit.  The power the band has is undeniable but they seem to be more about the volume and noise now than the classic rock sound they had, however no-one here is disappointed.

www.facebook.com/1968Band/

After a break of a few months, during which the majority of an album was recorded at the infamous Rancho de la Luna studios out in the California desert, Sky Valley Mistress are back on the road… and oh, how I have missed them.

From the moment their short but sweet set started they were on fire with the Hell Kitten wrapping her vocals around the stoner rock the band are producing, now with added desert sand straight from Joshua Tree.

The new album “should be” out in the summer, we are keeping our fingers well and truly crossed as we are really looking forward to it.

www.facebook.com/skyvalleymistress/

soundcloud.com/skyvalleymistress

 

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