Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham Dec18


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Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham


Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham


As the header says this gig was arranged by Ryders Creed to thank the fans for the fantastic year they have had. They had got together three other bands to play tonight, the first being rock metal band 2018-12-15_01-BlackTreeVultures-5Black Tree Vultures:

four guys from Bournemouth. Formed at the start of 2017 by drummer Jonno Smythe and Arron (Ham) Hammersley, bassist James (Ched) Cheeseman and vocalist Celyn Beynon completes the foursome. Celyn announces “it’s taken us six hours to get here so I hope you enjoy this,” well I can say I certainly did, they’re currently promoting their ep Sanity isn’t Perfect and started their set with two songs from it: Overrule Me and Thanks for The Memories. I liked Celyn’s gravelly voice and as they were the first band to play tonight unfortunately the crowd was quite small, but I was really impressed with how quickly he worked them and had them clapping and singing along by the second song, there was also some impressive dual guitar solos from both James and Aaron and some thumping double pedalling from Jonno. Going through the set list there were a lot of new songs so hopefully they will be releasing an album in the new year, they play a mix of old school metal but also add a modern edge style to their music and made a nice start to the evening.

The second band of the night was

Wicked Stone:

Joe Hawx Vocals, J2018-12-15_02-WickedStone-4ames Forrister guitars, Olly Smith drums, and James Amos bass. With influences ranging from Alter Bridge to GNR and Black Stone Cherry to name just three, they play a good diverse style of rock, and blues rock with Joe right from the start full of energy and bouncing around the stage. The hall was starting to fill up a bit more now but I found that that he struggled to get the crowd going for a long while and some of his vocals tonight were a little bit off, despite this they played a good set with songs from their album Aint no Rest. I mentioned the crowd and it wasn’t really until the guitarist disappeared off stage for a few minutes when Olly started playing the drum intro from Queens We will Rock You that they really started to join in with clapping and singing but after that they started to appreciate the band more, with powerful hard hitting riffs and some excellent melodic solos along with the energy of Joe I think the guys are ready to make their mark on the new classic rock scene.

Penultimate band of the night were London based rockers

Dead Man’s Whiskey,

along with Ryder2018-12-15_03-DeadMansWhiskey-8s Creed they too have had a really good year after the release of their highly acclaimed debut album in 2017 they have wasted no time in becoming one of the hottest and most popular up and coming young rock acts on the circuit at the moment. Apart from playing the rising stage at the Ramblin Man festival this year their band of whiskey chasers, as the fanbase is called, is getting bigger and bigger. This was their last gig of the year and the band Nico Vox, Billy lead guitar, Elliot rhythm guitar, James bass and Charlie drums; despite only all being in their early twenties perform like veterans on stage with Nic’s voice, which gets more stronger and powerful each time I see him: he is the complete package, wonderful stage presence, a real understanding of mic control, and you can see he enjoys himself every time he performs. Kicking off with Live Loud and Ready an AC/DC type song which has the crowd which is now huge, headbanging and singing along. Remembering it’s a Christmas gig Nic sings a brilliant version of Seal’s Kiss from a Rose: “it’s got snow in it, it’s festive enough” he says. Later in the set he does his vocal guitar duel with Billy on voice box on the song Hoe Street: tonight, called Ho Ho Ho Street competing for who’s the loudest, an hilarious piece of theatre combined with stunning guitar playing from Billy; the others all get a chance to shine with solos and excellent melodies throughout the night. A quiet moment where Nic dedicates the poignant song Make You Proud to his mother, and you can see and feel the emotion in him as he does so. Ending the night with Racing Bullet: an anthemic number that had nearly everyone joining in, if you haven’t seen or heard of Dead Mans Whiskey yet get the box off your head or come out of the cave you have been living in, because these guys are going a long long way.Finally, to the band and hosts of the night

Ryders Creed

what can I say abou2018-12-15_04-RydersCreed-7t the year these guys have had? In a short period, they have won countless awards; had sponsors from everywhere notably Cloven Hoof, a highly acclaimed album and a big record deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, it certainly hasn’t been a boring one for them. They had been planning this Xmas gig for a long while, and I think they were happy when it finally came around, with a special backdrop set made for them. This was also the band’s last gig of the year and they wanted to go out blazing, Ryan Vox, Lee guitar, Myles guitar, Richard bass and Lee drums: like the Whiskey boys they have amassed a huge following called Creedlings and they were all out in their numbers tonight to celebrate. Kicking off with fan favourite Ryder Ryan’s energy on stage never fails to impress: forever spinning jumping and never staying still. Tonight’s set was going to be a bit different and there were going to be some covers included which were favourites of the band starting with Guns and Roses Mr Brownstone. I think Ryan tried a bit too hard on this to sound like Axl and struggled a little with it, a nice jam of blues with all the guitarists followed by Only Thing I’m Good at and Set You Free then a Status Quo cover Gotta Go Home. Ryan all night leaning into the crowd and the two song bandanna wearing guitarist Lee stomping his feet on the monitors had the crowd dancing and jumping all night; nice dual solos from Myles and Richard gave Ryan a breather, another great cover followed this time from Pearl Jam: the wonderful Even Flow, a short drum solo from Lee then into a big guitar change for Raise the Hoof, an homage to their sponsors Cloven Hoof the drink every rocker should try, and to keep this old rocker happy an encore jam of Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile and ending with another crowd favourite Rise.

They wanted to give their fans and the audience a special Xmas party and they certainly succeeded in doing that, a great end to a great year.

Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham 15/12/18.

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aka Lady Gigger.