Reviews: Anchor Lane and Black King Cobra | DreadnoughtRock Bathgate  | Sat 16th December 2017

Anchor Lane and Black King Cobra tickets

DreadnoughtRock in Bathgate

Saturday 16th December 2017

7:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

TWO of Scotland's most up and coming bands join us at Dreadnoughtrock for a stonking night of Original Rock. TICKETS in advance to Guarantee Entry 5!

 

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Great Band, venue and ctaich!

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The name Black King Cobra might give the impression of venomous amps to 11 rock but the band, led by engaging front man Callum Moran and featuring some none-too-shabby jam-styled interplay from Ross Clark (guitars), Johnny Keel (bass) and Steve Todd (drums) are a groove-rock outfit who put the emphasis firmly on the word groove, plus a whole dose of funk and a prevalence for double-time, big crescendo of sound finishes – the infectious beat and hooky melody of 'Wrack N' Ruin' (which features on the band's self-titled 2-Track EP, released earlier this year) ticked all those musical boxes.

​Other BKC stand-outs included opening number 'Blood Rush,' and 'Shiver.'
The fully funked punch and intensity of 'Blood Rush' (the other EP track) featured some serious four-string drive from Johnny Keel; his bass lines threaded through an intense rhythmic groove delivered by Ross Clark’s guitar and Steve Todd’s percussive drum stylings.
​'Shiver' opened with a low-key, slow-soul beginning before it built to not just the grooving shiver of its title, but to shimmer and shake with funkified rock purpose; the song concluded in a short instrumental burst with bass, drums and guitar in unified overdrive.

Just as the Cobra has a forked tongue, the Black King variant can occasionally take a fork on the musical road, yet still with that distinct and original groove as their foundation.
'Ball and Chain' swayed as much as it rocked (ending on a wild guitar and pedal effect finale) while 'Harvest Moon' rocked out with old-school bravado and a riff-driven groove so heavy it’s a wonder it didn’t leave a deep trench cut in the stage.

The final two numbers of the set were new songs; both helped to showcase a band that, even after only a short time together, are developing at a fair old pace.
Both offerings, 'Quake' and a song so new it was simply set-listed as a "new one" were honed to a less jam, more concise and perfected sound, pointing to what should be – given a favourable musical wind and a fair hearing – a solidly grooved future.

Anchor Lane need no introduction to Glasgow area rock audiences nor those further afield, from the Ayrshire west coast of WinterStorm to the eastern side of the country and the DreadnoughtRock (where the band are no strangers).

At the DreadnoughtRock the Anchor Lane four-piece of Conor Gaffney (lead vocals, guitars), Matthew Quigley (bass, backing vocals), Jack Nicol (guitars, backing vocals) and Scott Hanlon (drums) delivered an hour long set that featured everything you could want from a now highly anticipated full-length debut (the band released the excellent 4-Track EP, New Beginning, at the top of the year).

Staples from that EP still shine as undeniable highlights – the air punching, woah-oh-ohs of 'Annie,' the double cement-slabbed whammy of usual set closing brace 'Twenty Sixteen' (with teamed metal-edged riffing from Conor Gaffney and Jack Nicol) and the bluesy-edged swagger of 'Finished by Twelve' – but other songs from the band’s repertoire more than make their mark, including 'Eclipse' (it’s quite the trick to be this melodic when you’re this heavy) and the dial it down, slow build of 'Take Some Time.'

As an added bonus, there was the first live outing for new song 'Rising Up,' a bristling mid-tempo and contemporary rock-metal number whose title, I can only hope, is a sign of Anchor Lane things to come.
In terms of performance, the song was ridiculously tight for its first outing – but then both band and material have been lock-down watertight all year.

On a cold December night the warmly received Anchor Lane and Black King Cobra reinforced the fact that there is a plentiful supply of great new rock music from some great new rock bands north of the border, all of whom deserve to be heard by a larger and wider audience and are worthy of attention, an EP or album spin or gig ticket.

Ross Muir
www.FabricationsHQ.com

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