02 ACADEMY, GLASGOW
Saturday 9th March
The young five piece from Cambridge are certainly making a name for themselves with a number of high profile support slots in the past year including UK tours with Steel Panther and more recently with Slash as well as a prestigious support slot on the Motley Crue/KISS 2012 US tour, so the boys were more than able to hold their own against the mighty Status Quo.
The band were afforded a warm welcome from the Quo Army as they ambled onstage for the first night of a two-date stop over in Glasgow, and they wasted no time getting down to business with 'Drink, F**k, Fight'. Within the first couple of bars, it was clear that guitarist Tagore Grey and bass player Swoggle were delighted to be back in Glasgow, as they paced the stage smiling from ear to ear.
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Vocalist Matt Jones has a good strong voice, and did his level best to get the Quo fans moving, and although the Quo fans did seem a bit reticent at first, they soon became a very appreciative audience. 'Don't Look Down' was up next, which is a good tight track that owes something of it's sound to AC/DC, with drummer Dhani Mansworth really punishing his drum kit. Lead guitarist Ben Brookland, had a short but well executed solo that was unfortunately lost in the mix - a minor hiccup that was quickly rectified by the sound man.
'She's Too Much' slowed the set down slightly and proves that this band are more than capable of turning out radio friendly hits which would no doubt increase their fan base without giving up any of their musical integrity. Jones is clearly aware of Glasgow's rich rock n roll history before the band launch into 'Rock N' Roll' which is probably the heaviest song performed here tonight, and was certain to be popular the Quo fans, indeed, this was the song that got the biggest crowd reaction of the night.
With the bands short support slot coming to a close they sprang into 'Get The Party On' which again received a favourable reception from the crowd before 'Shake A Mountain' brought their set to a close.
With a string of high profile gigs already under their belt, it looks like The Treatment may just be the British band that everyone has been waiting for – great tunes, great personalities and a highly entertaining live show. It's not only me that was impressed by them tonight, the chatter in the bar during the changeover for Status Quo was very, very positive too.
You can catch The Treatment live here:
Friday 15th March – Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Status Quo)
Saturday 16th March – Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Status Quo)
Sunday 17th March – Wembley Arena, London (with Status Quo)
Sunday 31st March – Rock City, Nottingham (Headline Show)**
Support is provided by Trucker Diablo, Afterlife, Blackwolf, Massive Wagons, Sinners Highway and Wraith.
Saturday 11th May – Ozzfest, Chiba Shi, Japan
Photo's Courtesy Carlan Braid