Stoneface Headline Glasgow Cathouse, April 22nd 2017 with a little help from their friends - Saints of Arcadia and Black King Cobra.
April 30, 2017
Stoneface were delighted to have the opportunity to headline not only a hometown gig, but it was made all the more meaningful as it was to be at their spiritual home, The Glasgow Cathouse. Every member of the band has strong emotional ties to the iconic venue which stretch back a quarter of a century to its establishment in the original Brown Street premises when all the boys were literally just that, boys, and were cutting their teeth on the local rock scene. It was something quite special then to be able to return after all these years to play a show in the famous venue (albeit on a different site than the original Cathouse that the guys had played all those years ago)
Things never seem to run smoothly in the unpredictable world of Rock n Roll, however, and with less than a week to go for this show Stoneface were to have to overcome the challenge of replacing not just one but both of their support acts as the original planned lineup disintegrated with one band splitting up unexpectedly and the other being unable to fulfil their original commitment due to unforeseen employment based circumstances.
Stoneface like a challenge and used their extensive contacts in order to find two quite excellent replacements at very short notice. First up were local new boys Black King Cobra. With a very groovy, funk influenced sound reminiscent of early Chilli Peppers this was only BKC's second live show and they put in a sterling performance which augers well for them for the future.
Next up were Stoneface's new found friends The Saints of Arcadia. These guys (and gal) are quite simply some of the nicest people in rock today, being amazingly friendly, humble and one of the hardest working bands we have ever witnessed. Setting all that aside though, these hard rock troubadours have absolutely nothing to be humble about as they let rip a phenomenal and bombastic showcase of shredding guitars, explosive precision drumming, thunderous bass and powerful rhythm - not to mention Nick Jennison's quite simply supernatural vocal abilities.
Both bands have quickly struck up a great friendship underpinned by huge respect for these quite remarkable musicians. Everyone in Stoneface agree that we are completely dumbfounded as to why Saints of Arcadia have not been discovered as yet on a much bigger and wider stage, however, we are grateful to have the opportunity to share bills with bands of this exceptionally high calibre and we hope to team up with the Saints on many more occasions as it is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to work with them.
Stoneface thoroughly enjoyed the return to their old stomping ground and made the most of the big stage to run through a largely experimental set of new material, much of which is currently under consideration for an upcoming second album. The new set albeit a work in development received very positive critical feedback from muso journalists Pistol Noize and Jace Media. We will let their words do the talking:-
Jace Media (Ritchie Birnie)
I have been looking forward to this one for some time. The boys (did I really just call them boys?) have done the hard graft in this business for a long time and due to that you never get an under par performance...
...It was finally time for Stoneface to play a hometown gig at The Cathouse, The home for rock and metal for more than 25 years. I have been attending this venue (and the original one) since it’s inception and I have seen some incredible performances on those stages by the bands that adorn the venues entrance stairs and I can assure you that Stoneface did not demean the name in any way and put in a performance worthy of any of the bands I had seen over the years.
The band have been working on new material for some time and I am one of the lucky ones to have heard demos of the new songs and here lies my reason for being so excited about tonights show. The new stuff sees the band take a much heavier direction with a very Sabbath edge. I did not have long to wait for the new songs as they opened with “Breathe”. The guitar comes at you a chainsaw and with new boy (I done it again ha ha) Alistair McMenemy knocking hell out of his kit you have a cracking slab of metal. We get some older numbers before we hit another new one in “Prey” this is a distorted son of a bitch. Vocalist Stewart Storrie in one of his many t-shirts grabs the stoner feel with two hands and struts his stuff like a viking Jesus on that stage. His mop of hair flayling about like a fluffy halo...Next up the band squeeze in a cracking version of “Slither” which gets the crowd singing along. It is well noted that the older songs are hand picked for this new and heavier direction, even to the point of leaving out the song (I won’t mention the name) that everyone knows and loves but the set was so strong it went by hardly unnoticed (nearly). Next up takes the heavy to the next level and if I do not mistake the lyrics “Spittin’ Blood” is fighting talk
(school gates at 4PM fuckers). The guitars grinds you down like a garot and the bass whacks you like a sledgehammer. The guys finish on a flurry of new songs in “Bleed” and my favourite new track in “ The Priestess”. This song could travel the world on the airwaves it is that good. This is the song that should get the video treatment and be pushed as much as possible as this song could break the whole scene for them.
The last two tracks are both covers in “Fortunate Son” and “ Don’t Believe A Word” and they topped this set of to perfection. I love Stoneface’s new direction and reckon this could just be the start for kicking them into full throttle and finally get people to sit up and pay attention. This band deserve a break for all those hours put in, all those stages played and for sticking with it and believing in themselves and this music we all love so much.
STONEFACE. Stalwarts of the music scene in Scotland for nearly two decades, on and off and on and off. I've seen these guys several times before and they never fail to entertain. Loud and punchy rock that would be best played in a car on an endless road chasing down a sunset in some far off corner of the globe. Wow, sorry, I was in a bit of a day dream there. There’s a lot to be said for a band that can make your mind want to be somewhere exotic doing something you’ll probably never do when in actual fact your leaning on a sticky bar in a nightclub you spent most of your student loan in fifteen years before. STONEFACE have a deep driving rock sound that occasionally slows to a mellow relaxed beat, I enjoyed their unique version of Fortunate Son, a song which has a lot of meaning to me. They also threw in a cheeky cover of Slither by Velvet Revolver which seemed appropriate for their sound.
Checkout 'Pressing Down' and 'Fight'
The whole night was a success in my book...People often forget the sacrifice these musicians make just to be able to do what they love. I take my hat off to SHOCK CITY PROMOTIONS and JUST FOR TONIGHT MUSIC for their dedication to the local music scene and the promoting of unsigned artists.
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