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  VANTAGE POINT/THE AMORETTES
The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
Saturday 21st June 2014


Johnny Main

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There are milestones in every band's career whether it's playing your first gig or celebrating the release of your first album. For Edinburgh based Vantage Point the milestone they chose to celebrate with this special gig was that of a decade since the band were formed and to tie in with that, they also squeezed in a party to celebrate the release of their brand new album, 'Demonic Dinner Dance'.

With two celebrations rolled into one, this was always going to be an epic night for the band and with a pre-prepared set list of twenty three songs, they were ready to make the most of it.

As the music on the PA dies down, the band took to the stage to warm applause, but there was no time for them to bask in the glory of the adulation as they got down to the business at hand with a live rendition of the entire 'Demonic Dinner Dance' album.

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Vocalist/Bass player Murray Graham welcomes everyone for being the first guests to the 'Demonic Dinner Dance' as guitarist Liam Kane steps up the mark immediately by producing the great guitar intro as drummer Dave Cumming batters out a solid beat. Graham has a strong voice and the slower mid-section of the title track finally gets the crowd moving down the front.

'Lionheart' is memorable for its big easy to remember chorus and as the audience pick up it, their volume quickly increases. Graham really stretches his voice during this number, and Kane also manages to pull out a great guitar solo. All due credit to the band for being able to pull this kind of crowd pleaser off with ease, as the song finishes to a noisy ovation.

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Kane shares soloing duties with rhythm guitarist Derek Mitchell on 'Camp David' and by this point in the bands set, Mitchell comes into his own as he does his best to enthuse and entertain the crowd during the song – a not altogether fruitless task as the audience become more animated as the song progresses. He also slips in some Status Quo style guitar swinging tom-foolery during 'Forgotten Face' which manages to raise a smile or two from those in the audience who get the joke.

'High Maintenance Girlfriend' (on side two as Graham helpfully advises the audiophiles in the audience) was the first publically released track from the EP and so is more familiar than some of the other tracks, and the audience are once again in fine voice when the heads aren't bobbing along to the steady rhythm. Kane pulls out one of his best solos of the night here, and rightfully takes centre stage to showcase his skills much to the delight of the crowd.

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With the main set finished, the band are in no hurry to leave the stage as they perform what's best described as a Greatest Hits set which kicking off with 'Fire Island'. This is really a showcase moment for Kane once again as he's granted not one but two solos both of which are impeccably performed. As the track fades, the audience are introduced to former member Patrick Mitchell who takes to the stage to warm applause as he takes his place deputising guitar duties in place of Kane as the band carry on with 'Pleasure Slave'.

The track 'Kane' follows which is a fast and furious number with Patrick Mitchell still on guitar duties but you have to feel sorry for guitarist Kane whose left watching from the side of the stage. It's unfortunate the he too couldn't be included for these tracks as it's a celebration of the history of the whole band. As Patrick Mitchell leaves the stage, though, his performance is rewarded by some loud cheers from the crowd.

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With time ticking on towards the 10:00pm curfew, Kane returns to guitar duties in time for 'Motor Man' as rhythm guitarist Mitchell has another turn in the centre stage spotlight as he bounds around, throwing shapes while still managing to put on a very credible performance.

As the band surrender to the ever advancing curfew, they leave the stage after a final blast though '24 Hour Breakdown' which has Mitchell taking over bass duties freeing up Graham concentrate on his singing as he give the audience one of his best vocal performances of the night.

It's a solid end to a very good set from the band, and a worthy celebration of ten years since the band was formed. The tracks on the new album all sound very good live too, and it's a mark of respect to the band that they can play every track live – never an easy task, and one can only wish them good luck for the next ten years.

Vantage Point Set List:
The Big Welcome
Demonic Dinner Dance
Seating Plan I
Head Of The Table
Lionheart
Camp David
Conversation Stopper
Seating Plan II
Forgotten Face
High Maintenance Girlfriend
Quagmire
Seating Plan III
Reverse The Charges
This Is Now An Exit
Fire Island
Pleasure Slave
Tutankhamen
The List
Kane
Motor Man
24 Hour Breakdown

Vantage Point are:
Murray Graham – Vocals/Bass Guitar
Liam Kane – Lead Guitar
Derek Mitchell – Rhythm Guitar
Dave Cumming – Drums

Vantage Point Online:
http://www.vantage-point.info
http://www.facebook.com/vantagepointrocks


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The support band for the gig was The Amorettes and it's just after 8:00pm as the trio saunter onstage almost un-noticed by the growing crowd. It's only when the music playing over the PA dies down that all eyes are drawn towards the stage. There's no word said from the band, though, as they blast into their set and from here on in, it's a classy, entertaining show from start to finish.

The Amorettes debut album, 'Haulin Ass', was released back in 2010 (reviewed by Metal Talk here) and the band play only a small selection of tracks from it here. 'Box Ticker' seems to be a firm favourite with the audience as drummer Hannah McKay starts the song with a short solid burst on her snare drum. The audience nod along to the beat but its bass player Heather McKay who shows them how it should really be done as she had bangs her head furiously throughout the energetic number.

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Their set is bookended with the only other tracks culled from their debut album, 'Son of a Gun' and the classic rocker 'Hot N' Heavy' showing how well these older tracks still stand up live. The former has vocalist/lead guitarist Gillian Montgomery teasing the audience with some onstage banter, whilst the latter has the audience happily singing along to the catchy chorus.

The remainder of the band's set is made up of entirely new numbers which is a daring move for any band to do, especially bearing in mind that the band's second album has yet to be released. If you like their debut release, however, there's a lot to look forward to if these new songs are any indication of the rest of the material slated for album number two.

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Montgomery gives her best solo of the night during 'Bull By The Horns' the lively, and before there's a comedy moment for the band and audience after a false start to 'Shoot from the Hip' leaves everyone laughing before they get it on the second attempt. The song itself is another sure fire hit in The Amorettes cannon, though, and is warmly received.

'Rock Me, Roll Me' follows which is probably my favourite song of the night – it might even ellipse my current favourite Amorettes number ('Whoot Woo' again, from their debut album, in case you wondered!) – which is another outstanding song that really packs a punch and I'm looking forward to seeing this in their set for the foreseeable future.

The Amorettes know how to write catchy, good time Rock N' Roll songs, and with their profile getting bigger and bigger year on year, they have a very bright future ahead of them. As their set finishes to rapturous applause, it's clear that, like me, there are lot of people looking forward to album number two, so that gives us all something to look forward to.

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The Amorettes Set List:
Gonna Get What's Coming
Box Ticker
Heartbreaker
Bull By The Horns
Shoot From The Hip
Rock Me, Roll Me
Son of a Gun
Hot N Heavy

The Amorettes are:
Gillian Montgomery – Guitar/Vocals
Heather McKay – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Hannah McKay – Drums/Vocals

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The Amorettes Online:
http://www.theamorettes.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/theamorettes

Vantage Point photos – © Waysted Photography 2014
The Amorettes photos – © Waysted Photography 2014


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27.6.2014









 

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The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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