British hard rock act, Inglorious, released their debut record on Friday 19th February via Frontiers and, as I wrote previously, I loved it. The album is an exciting rock ‘n’ roll journey which brings back the atmosphere of classic acts such as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi or Aerosmith. More importantly, there is no filler on the album and it just flows perfectly. So, it was interesting to check out how the band delivers on stage – the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll test is the live performance after all…or is it sex and drugs?! Another cool side of this event was that there were two support acts which I have never heard of before, and it’s good to get out of your comfort zone from time to time.
The first act to go on stage was Curran, who were an acoustic duo performing Bon Jovi-style songs with some country for good measure. (Although they normally are a five-piece as you can see here) Unfortunately, they did not have the stage presence required to move the crowd though and most of the time they were “outplayed” by the chatter among the audience. They did have some good tunes but it seemed the crowd wanted something else, something more powerful…or just beer. Opening a gig is not always the easiest task, so well done anyway!
It’s with Ali Clinton that things got much more exciting. By this time, the crowd started moving away from the bar and towards the stage as the grungy and electrifying solos started drawing people in. Although the styles of the two opening acts were different, Ali Clinton upped the level of performance. The best thing about their show was that all three band members were heavily involved in it; the drummer (Owen Thomas), bassist (Will Ganner) and guitarist/vocalist (Ali Clinton) all added their own spice to the set, whether it was a funky bass line, drum fill or guitar solo. Definitely recommend checking them out.
If Ali Clinton took things up a couple levels, Inglorious took us to the stratosphere. You could tell from the moment the band members started appearing on stage during the PA intro that we will be taken on a rock ‘n’ roll journey. And a journey to the 70s and 80s that was. While their own material may be original and authentic, Inglorious are all about the “retromania”. They are a retro band not only because their music is a clear homage to the rock gods but also their stage show is trying to bring the 80s rock star back to life. There is nothing bad about that, I’m not criticising, we all have a bit of retromania in us! They had everything a hard rock show requires: power, stage presence, outfits, the whole package was visible and audible straightaway. They look and sound like a natural live act and are definitely ready for arena tours openings for bigger bands.
Song-wise, the set obviously consisted of tracks from the new album: “Until I Die”, “Breakaway”, “High Flying Gypsy”, “Holy Water”, “You’re Mine” (which was co-written by Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra) and probably my favourite of the album, “Bleed For You”. The band has only one album out so cover tracks were performed to fill up the time. Vocalist, Nathan James, joked about this and claimed that if everyone buys the album, they will make another record. The covers were not just fillers though; Inglorious really gave them a breath of fresh air, especially Toto’s “Girl Goodbye” which I even preferred to the original. Since the band is already dubbed as the “young Deep Purple” (Brian May, Queen), the choice of “Lay Down, Stay Down” was a no-brainer. Nathan is a young David Coverdale in the making!
The audience loved every minute of it and the band at times did not know how to react, they were overwhelmed. They thanked everyone for coming and supporting them, they even brought out the tech guy to thank him. Having released a kick-ass album this month and by passing the rock ‘n’ roll test of the live performance with flying colours, I am sure this is not the last we will be seeing of this band.
Make sure to catch Inglorious on the remainder dates of their UK album launch tour with support from Ali Clinton:
THE ROBIN 2, BILSTON
WEDNESDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2016
Tickets: Ticketmaster | Seetickets
Venue Telephone: 01902 497860
Venue Website: www.therobin.co.uk
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LJ
THE FLOWERPOT, DERBY
THURSDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2016
Tickets: Seetickets / Venue Telephone: 01332 204955
Venue Website: www.flowerpotderby.co.uk | www.rawpromo.co.uk
19-25 King St, Derby, DE1 3DZ
THE OLD COURTS, WIGAN
FRIDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2016
Venue Telephone: 01942 375859
Venue Website: www.theoldcourts.com
Crawford St, Wigan, WN1 1NA
GARAGE 2, GLASGOW
SATURDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2016
Additional special guests: King Lot
Venue Telephone: 0141 332 1120
Venue Website: www.garageglasgow.co.uk
490 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LW
THE CAVES, EDINBURGH
SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2016
Tickets: Ticketmaster | Ripping Records
Venue Telephone: 0131 557 8989
8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS
THE FRUIT, HULL
MONDAY 29th FEBRUARY 2016
Venue Telephone: 01482 221113
Venue Website: www.fruitspace.co.uk/music
62-63 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TU