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Popa Chubby/The Ron Sayer Jr Trio/The Blues Against Youth – London, The 100 Club – 22 January 2020

A three-act bill is the prize for the latest of our travelling gigaholic’s long trips down to the capital in search of gigs. After the rather less melodic Petrol Girls a few days previously, it’s time for the legendary 100 Club’s January Blues festival, with New York City’s finest Popa Chubby taking the baton as the evening’s headliner. Would he and his support be worth the 24-hour round trip? It was time to find out…

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The Deadnotes – ‘Courage’ (22Lives)

This album takes John B right back to the mid-2000s with emo/indie rock bands like Dashboard Confessional. While back then the market was flooded with bands in the genre, these days it seems that there are few doing it. Even less doing it in the same classic style as back then and even fewer still doing it well. Five years ago, JB might have said that it was too soon for a comeback of the genre, however these days he thinks it is a good time to reintroduce the style. Both for the new generation and to kick our generation right in the nostalgia. The real question is how does The Deadnotes fit into this reintroduction? As usual, you gotta wait till the last paragraph for our man’s final verdict. First, let us talk about the music…

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Darkest Hour/Fallujah/Bloodlet/Une Misère/Lowest Creature – Manchester, Rebellion – 20 January 2020

Twenty-five years is a bloody long time for a band to be together but that’s what Darkest Hour are celebrating in this latest tour, and with them they bring four other bands in support of this including a favourite of Jase Walker’s, Fallujah. Manchester is one of two dates they’re playing in the Über Kingdom as part of a European tour throughout multiple countries, as part of this review our man also got to have a sit down with Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour and a chat with him about how the tour’s going, what sort of challenges a band goes through spanning 25 years, and any possible future plans.

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Veritates – ‘Killing Time’ (Pure Steel)

John Bedard has always found that power metal typically falls into two different categories. You have the classic power metal of the ‘80s or you have modern. JB always finds it hard to put into words the difference in the sound it is just one of those you know it when you hear it kind of things. However, visually there is the same line. That classic ‘80s style brings to mind visions of men in spandex while modern tends to have a Viking theme. Our man thinks power metal, more than most genres, tends to fall into some type of cliche. When he saw that Veritates was branding themselves as power metal without the clichés he had to give them a chance. He has always loved power metal but has felt that is could grow up a little and not rely so much on the gimmicks. So how did they do?

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