Venue: Trillians Rock Bar, NewcastleDate: 25 July 2014
today’s high speed internet, social media dominated world
you’d think a venue would promote the bands on their gig
list a little better, as it was just a few days prior to
Friday’s show that we found out that Fahran were playing
Trillians, this once sacred Rock venue.
fact it was only a few months ago that Trillians was
threatened by permanent closure, until a local brewery
rescued Newcastle’s famous Rock Bar.
However sadly now without any proper promotion of the
bands playing there, I’m afraid history will repeat
OK, rant over now and on to the main reason for our
return to Trillians.
As I looked around the venue I could see one Fahran
poster advertising the show.
catching Fahran at S.O.S. Fest the weekend before and
recently in support of Eden’s Curse in Wakefield, I was
really looking forward to catching the guys again performing
a full set.
and the rest of the band consisting of Jake, Chris, Josh and
JR, set about their task in front of a handful of fans, a
few regulars and some passing trade, but put on show worthy
of hundreds. Opening
up with ‘Silver Scene’ taken from the debuts self titled
debut album, (which originally had Nick on vocals), but this
is a song Matt has made his own and it sounded great.
it was on the new material that the band were able to really
show just how far Fahran have progressed as a band since
We got the first taste of this as the band went to
the new album ‘Chasing Hours’ for the groove filled
rocker ‘Take The City Alive’.
A real barnstormer which showcased perfectly the twin
guitars of Jake and Chris so well.
The pair were throwing out the licks like six string
confetti, all the while the powerhouse rhythm section of
Josh and JR on bass and drums respectively, laid down the
perfect foundation for rest of the band to build on.
All the while Matt stood centre front and delivered
the perfect Hard Rock vocal.
no-nonsense rock continued with ‘Serenade’ from the
This slower number showed the diversity of the band
sound, then it was back to the new material for the groove
filled hard rocking of ‘A Heard A Joke Once’, before the
simply stunning hard hitting ‘Cased In Steel’.
Then it was straight into another slow burning rocker
‘Long Gone’, another song taken from the bands stunning
was time for another slow burning slice of Melodic Hard Rock
courtesy of the title track off the new album ‘Chasing
Always a fan of a great drum solo, before the next
song, JR set about showing us all just what a great skinsman
he is, as he just punished the drum kit.
He was just a blurring whirlwind of flailing arms and
this was old school rock n’ roll at it best and it
continued with massive riffs of ‘Some Kind of Family’
and the thumping rock of ‘Are We Free’.
This one had a few of the Trillians regulars
head-banging along down the front and even had a few dancing
along as well.
was back to the more traditional hard rock for ‘You Could
Be Mine’, before back-to-back songs, first up the dark
tones of ‘Black Mirror’, which was probably the heaviest
song of the set, which was followed seamlessly by the
melodic rocker ‘Storms We Ride’.
was pedal to metal once more with one of my favourite tracks
off the new album, the excellent ‘A Thousand Nights’.
A song which I think should be the next single from
This one just rocks big style and Matt really gave
his all on this one.
It was back to the band’s debut album for ‘Ashes’ before the set was closed in style with ‘Stay Alive’, which rounded off a great set. It’s just a pity there wasn’t more of a crowd in attendance tonight because the guys deserved it. They put on one hell of a show and I would highly recommend you check them out if you get the chance.
by: Barry McMinn
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