Wild Child and Crashgate – The E.P Launch at The Walmer Castle, Deal : 04/10/12

Where were you on the 4th of October?  Don’t worry I don’t know what you did (or do I? *mind freak*) but hopefully you were at The Walmer Castle in Deal.  If you were then you’ll know that two bands filled the place with more awesome noises than The Avengers movie.  When those two bands are Wild Child and Crashgate you know you are on to a winner!  The two bands slammed sound into the crowd in the name of Crashgates new release, B.O.B – a very worthy cause I think you’ll agree.

Going on first were Wild Child, frozen during the 80’s and thawed out only for gigs the band crammed into the back of The Walmer Castle, complete with headbands and barely a sleeve between them.   In true 80s style the band played so loud the gig nearly ended, and that was only three songs in.  Happily they kept on playing, tracks like Trouble still bouncing around your head now, well mine anyway.   The band are well worth checking out, if only for the facial expressions of their front man Rikky Slease.  Before the band were taken back to their cryo-tubes they even debuted a brand new track.  The band kicked out riffs like no ones business, and Rikky’s vocals .. the guy has skills!  Mutual respect overflowing, people even saw the heart-warming moment when it clocked that the bands were related.  Shortly followed by the epic line ‘Keeler to Keeler, tequila!’

The moment then came for Crashgate to take the stage.  Mildly drunk guitarist Brian Andrews deserved a high five and maybe a coffee for getting through the whole set.  Apart from snapping a string that is, but anyway.  The band took their positions and the crowd funnelled into the narrow space in front of the stage until it was hard to move.   After a chilled (by Crashgate’s standard) guitar opening the band exploded into life and slammed into their first track.  A few tracks in the band played one of their new tracks Back on Track, a powerful and driving rocker.  The bands set was made stronger by passion etched on their faces, suiting the music perfectly – like a hangover and bacon.  As the set pounded on the crowd got treated to a slightly angry song about an ex-girlfriend. If you were there you’ll know this is probably an understatement.  One persistent member of the audience requested Metalingus at least ten times.  Despite not rehearsing it for six months the band gave in and pulled it off.  Bringing the set to an end was B.O.B – loud, building and big the track acted as a perfect close.

B.O.B must have gone down well as at the end of the night cds were flying out the box like all the Malteasers in a new box of Celebrations.  The band’s fame though was underlined at the start of the gig when a fan made them cookies.  If that’s not dedication, what is?  Crashgate’s unofficial member, possibly the most awesome guitar tech/roadie also deserves a lot of credit and his own homemade cookies! Both bands performed amazingly and left many happy people in their wake.  See both the bands live, it’s the only way!

David Horn


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