Pentre Fest 2019 Day One – Mcleans, Pentre, North Wales – 22/02/2019

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Pentre Fest 2019 Day One
Mcleans, Pentre, North Wales
22/02/2019
Review by Beth Jones & Rick Tilley
Pictures by Beth Jones

Live music in this area has suffered somewhat of a hammer blow recently, with the closure of yet another venue – The Live Rooms, Wrexham – so it is more important than ever that we as music fans keep supporting our local scene, and vehemently refuse to let live music be taken from our area. Two of the local area’s biggest metalheads, Ian ‘Fozzy’ Forrester and Ian ‘Beany’ North, are great supporters of the local scene, organising a great events diary wherever they can, with Pentre Fest being their annual main event.

This year, as ever, saw a great crowd of likeminded folk from the local area, and further afield, descend upon Mclean’s Bar in Pentre for the third year running, to see what Rick and I personally thought was their strongest line-up to date, strutting their stuff!

Over the course of the Friday night and all-day Saturday, we were treated to some fabulous performances, both on the main stage, and on the outdoor acoustic stage.Friday night was very definitely crazy night, with all the bands on the bill having a zany edge. We were really looking forward to the madness, a perfect way to wind down after a hard week at work!

Mucus
Opening the show in one of their exclusive performances, Mucus did not disappoint. Guitarist, Dan Alexander, also of Lullaby For A Unicorn, had told us that they very rarely gig so this was a real treat, and they were actually very good too! Really tight and well-rehearsed, Mucus played good, solid, no-nonsense Thrash! I would really like to see them gigging more often as they got the crowd going and had a really pleasing sound. They were a fantastic way to start the night!

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Thrashatouille
We had heard a lot about this band from our learned friend Dani Maguire at Powerzone, so we were looking forward to finally seeing them – I mean what’s not to like – they combine Thrash Metal and food, so its two thumbs good in my book! All dressed in chef’s whites, and with kitchen implements and giant inflatable food dotted round the stage, they were quite a sight to behold. It was obvious from the start that they didn’t take themselves too seriously, but their music was excellent! All themed around culinary delights, and fast paced and zany, they had the crowd really going for it, and even had a crowd surfer, surfing on an inflatable doughnut! With track titles such as ‘Shepherds Pie Squared, Chilli Con-Carnage, Deep Fried Mars Bar and the very non PC ‘Soggy Bottom’ much fun was had. They are definitely good drinking music too, and the beer swilling was kicked up a gear at this point by quite a few people! Unfortunately they couldn’t play their full set because of a small delay, but other than that, this was shaping up to be a pretty crazy evening!

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Lullaby For A Unicorn
Just when you thought a peak of nuttiness had been reached with Thrashatouille, up pops our favourite mythical creature based metal band, Lullaby For A Unicorn! With Steven and Eddie the Seagulls both now retired, we were intrigued to see what inflatable creature would join this merry bunch of nutters next. Pretty soon, our questions were answered when the very lovely ‘Tiffany’ the three foot high inflatable unicorn was introduced to us! This along with a bubble machine, crazy lazers and smoke, confetti cannons, party poppers, Dan Alexander’s light up shoes, lead singer Justin Williams’ light up jacket, and the now synonymous unicorn onesie of Bass player Anthony Baxter, made for a spectacularly hallucinogenic experience! And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more bonkers – they introduced the heavy metal colouring competition! The image we will never forget is a room full of slightly sweaty, slightly drunk metalheads all furiously colouring pictures of unicorns like their entire credibility depended on it, accompanied by the madcap sounds of Lullaby! Absolute genius! And musically, these guys get better every time we see them. They have also just secured a massive gig at next year’s HRH Metal weekender in Birmingham – be ready Birmingham, and potentially be a little afraid too!!

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Mad Spanner
After a short delay for emergency cleaning works following the Lullaby boys, last year’s Metal 2 The Masses North Wales finalists, Mad Spanner, took to the stage. Like Lullaby, we have seen these guys quite a few times now, and have become friends with them off stage too. They are as equally as bonkers as our previous outfit, but in a far more reserved way in terms of costumes and shiny things! Their madcap humour comes through in their song lyrics, their insane speed, and the fact that frontman Michael Randall seems to have springs in his feet and be constantly wired up to the mains, with the amount of bouncing and slightly unhinged facial expressions he delivers in their live performances. This performance was no exception, and we were really surprised to find out after the show that he was actually ill, with suspected Glandular Fever (which thankfully it turned out not to be a few days later). This has to be given some kudos, as most would not have even played, let alone with that amount of energy, if they were that poorly – what a trooper he is! It was really great to watch them perform, as we have watched them grow over the last few months, and the improvement in their stagecraft is immense. They are so much tighter now than when we first saw them and they give a great show. They did a very impressive cover of Sepultura’s ‘Roots’, which always goes down well, and they also had Keiran Scott (Ashen Crown) join them on stage to do guest vocals! Their debut album is out soon and we cannot wait to hear what they have done!

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Footprints In The Custard
Bringing the Friday proceedings to a close where Manchester’s favourite comedy metal heads, Footprints In The Custard. These guys bring a slightly more refined version of random to the plate, but are still completely bonkers, and hilariously funny to watch. They play a whole range of catchy, funny songs, and do love a bit of audience participation, especially during their last song of the night, a great metal version of The Weathergirls, ‘It’s Raining Men’, when a wall of death style mass humping is strongly encouraged for those brave enough to participate, it always cracks us up! As usual, their performance here was on point, and the crowd lapped it up. The ever loved ‘Willies Are For Weeing’ song got a great reception, and with Tiffany The Unicorn and a fair few other inflatables coming out to play in the crowd, along with an impressive heavy metal conga going on, the place had a proper party atmosphere, which made everyone smile and be very happy. As a front man, Russ Custard has the brilliant ability to grab a crowd and make them have a good time, and this combined with the whole band’s excellent musicianship means that their performances are always well received, plus no-one can resist seeing guitarist, Ross Vickers, in a mankini, and drummer, Sladen, twerking in some very fetching short short shorts! All in all a great set, expertly executed, to finish off a properly good night of metal madness!

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And so it was time to head off home for the night, and we left the venue with a smile on our face, and a warmth in our hearts that you can only get from a crazy metal party like this. We were pretty knackered, but were both really looking forward to Saturday’s show…

…To Be Continued!

Links
https://www.facebook.com/pentrefest/
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https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/
https://www.facebook.com/McleansPubLive/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
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Evil Scarecrow, Ten Foot Wizard & Footprints In The Custard – The Tivoli, Buckley – 31.01.19

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Evil Scarecrow, Ten Foot Wizard & Footprints In The Custard
The Tivoli, Buckley
31.01.19
Review and Pictures by Beth Jones

Ah the Tiv, my spirit home! I had a certain amount of de-ja-vu going to the Tiv for this gig, as once again the weather forecast was pants, and the roads were all snowy and icy! Our last trip to this venue had been the same, in December 2017 to see Mason Hill! Coincidence or are we Jinxed? Only time will tell.

For this gig my partner in crime was not our Ever Metal head honcho, Rick, but instead our trainee and my daughter, Sian, and she was very much looking forward to it!

Thankfully, a good number of people had braved the weather in order to support all the bands on the bill, and as a thanks for that, we were treated to a cracking show. Complete with much silliness, a Mankini, fruit costumes and spontaneous baa-ing from the audience!

Footprints In The Custard where given the job of opening the night and warming up the crowd, which given the sub-zero temperatures, was no mean feat! But as usual they tackled it with ease, pleasing us with such jaunty little ditties as ‘Willies Are For Weeing’, ‘Gail Platter’ and their awesome cover of The Weather Girls, ‘It’s Raining Men’! As usual, they were on top form, and as usual, got semi naked half way through, with guitarist, Ross, sporting a very fetching shiny blue Mankini, and frontman Russ donning his trademark luminous green Tutu! These guys are always a great laugh, with bags of crowd participation, and they did a grand job considering the stage was pretty cramped with the amount of gubbins Evil Scarecrow had ready for their performance! If you haven’t yet experience Footprints, you really need to – there style of crazy metal, mixed with their childlike, ‘naughty school boy’ humour is a must see. Their onstage energy and charisma are impossible not to get hooked on.

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Next up were Ten Foot Wizard. These chaps were a new name to me, but you could tell it was going to be interesting, when they had a microphone lodged in a Heron donned with Hawaiian lei, and a mic stand covered in Ivy! They have somewhat, a penchant for cow bell, oddness, and bright colours, and play a kind of stoner/doom/rock style which comes together to make a pretty hallucinogenic performance. Whilst I’m not a massive fan of that type of music, I have to give it to them – what they do, they do incredibly well. The Bassist was having a few issues with a dodgy lead, but he hid this really well, and managed to get it sorted, whilst the rest of the band played some very nice elevator music, which kept us all entertained! They brought out the big guns for their final song, ‘Covered In Tits’! The Heron microphone, loads of cow bell and a Theremin. I have never seen one of these played live before, so this made me happy!

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The main event of the evening was Evil Scarecrow. Now reaching the business end of their Lost In Antartarctica tour, it was great to have them play a venue so close to us! The stage was packed to the rafters with gadgets and gizmos and we spent a good few minutes guessing at what songs would be included in the set by which gizmos we could see – we guessed some, but not all! The show started at a rip-roaring pace and the crowd went to the next level. Everyone got a bit over excited when Dr Hell was teaching us the moves for ‘End Level Boss’ and broke out into spontaneous Baa-ing, much to the amusement of the band! Well, when in Wales and all that!

They also had a new member joining them, as Princess Luxury had not been available for part of the tour. Playing a mean Keytar, he was introduced to us all as Chucky The Bastard, and he was indeed a naughty little bastard! At one point he hijacked the drumstick of a rogue Ten Foot Wizard member, who had infiltrated the stage with a cowbell, and beat the poor cowbell within an inch of its life!

The performance included some of their classics; ‘Robototron’, ‘Crabulon’, and ‘Blacken The Everything’ being my favourites, and new songs from their latest album, “Chapter IV: Antartarctica”. You can tell the calibre of a band when the new songs already feel like classics – ‘Hurricanado’, ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Polterghost’ already seeming like mainstays in their show. I particularly like ‘The Ballad Of Brother Pain’ as it is a total departure from what they normally do, and it is a really great song. The audience participation for ‘Cosmic Goth Moth Gong’ was also quite amusing. The stage props where as nuts as ever throughout – with the good old anti-gravity machine (powered by a 13 amp plug), the Robots, UFO’s and Crabulon, as well as some new additions – a giant slug, a severed head with glowing eyes, and one of those inflatable wavy things that you get outside car showrooms!

The night finished with the Ten Foot Wizard boys, donned in oversized fruit costumes and armed with cowbells, joining the Scarecrow gang on stage for a rumpus! How things didn’t get severely broken, including band members, is beyond me!

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You can’t help but smile when you come out of a gig like that – what a top evening! The sound was great, the crowd were great, the bands were all epic, and the venue was brilliant. This was a proper party!! It is such a friendly atmosphere there, which takes me right back to the 90’s and my miss-spent youth. It makes me really happy to see this venue thriving again, and I would recommend anyone who has not been to seriously consider a trip there for one of their upcoming shows.

PS Sian loved it too!

The Tivoli:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Tivoli-Venue-111869355544823

 

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