MetalTalk gig of the week: Blind River, Spyder Byte and Orphan Gears

22 May 2021

Blind River, Spyder Byte and Orphan Gears are playing Leo’s at The Red Lion, Gravesend tonight and MetalTalk will be there to cover the action.

The event is sold out, and for the excellent Blind River it marks a warm up for the tour with King Creature.

Vocalist Harry Armstrong, talking about the enforced COVID-19 break, told MetalTalk that “we’ve spent a whole year going out of our fucking minds here. The effect this shit has on our health is insane. I am generally a happy camper, but shit is always going on all around the world and humans are generally idiots. But hey – there is a gig tonight, or a festival this weekend. Or even a jam tomorrow, so fuck it.

“A whole year without that release has pretty much transformed me into a miserable alcoholic. It is more than excitement for this tour. It is going to be like being able to breathe again.”

There has been some studio preparation for the band, but when questioned if there was any chance of ring rustiness, Harry said “the jam we had over the weekend went so well. I was amazed. But we all love doing this. No one in this band is doing it for any other reason than fun, and that makes us all disciplined when it comes to knowing our respective roles.

“Everyone turned up at the studio straining at the leash. We blasted into the first song and spent the next few hours grinning at each other like morons. I came home that night feeling the most relaxed I have felt in over a year.

“This is like our meditation. It cleanses the soul. I think we are only in danger of being TOO ready!”

Stage Times

Orphan Gears – 19:15 to 20:00
Spyder Byte – 20:20 to 21:05
Blind River – 21:25 to 22:10 (approx)


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