There is one thing that hard rock fans can agree upon… It’s high-time that a new band came along who possess the ability to fill stadiums…
This sentiment was echoed by the fans, friends and assorted media-types as they waited in line at the Gibson showroom in London to see the inaugural show from INGLORIOUS on Thursday. The group are already being tipped as “the future of British rock.”
“What we really need is a new Led Zeppelin … Or a new Deep Purple …” A fan told us. And we think he might be right.
Who fills stadiums now? Ed Sheeran? We love him, (actually we really do) — but to be honest, he is a solitary guy with a guitar and a microphone. And whichever way you look at it, the ‘university bands’ like alt-J, Peace and The Maccabees are fresh and interesting. But do they really make you wanna scream your pants off? Do they really increase the pressure in your nodes so much that the top of your head explodes?
All the best artists around: The Who, Motorhead, Paul Weller, etc. are nearing the end of their ‘best by dates’. Maybe that’s why Kanye West was chosen to fill the void at Glasto… Because there is a shortage of really great sounding, hugely talented, totally dependable rock bands musicians, right now, to fill the headline slot.
But all is not yet lost. Because INGLORIOUS have already been championed by Queen’s Brian May (no less) who recently told the band, “You guys really do look like a potent young Deep Purple but with a new slant — very Classic!”
The band members are all relatively unknown — but they have been assembled from the best young musicians in the World. The group includes three adept gut pluckers (Wil Taylor and Andreas Zäta Eriksson on guitars with Colin Parkinson on bass) and a larger-than-life front man & singer (Nathan James — who has already provided sterling service with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra) — as well as a vigorous and reliable skin ‘n’ cymbal thumper (Phil Beaver on drums.) The live show at the Gibson Rooms also sported a ‘Ray Manzarek’ type character on the buttons & keys.
The show started with the thundering clamour of ‘Until I Die’. This fizzed like a soda bomb. With dark wallowing bass-notes that walked right up to us, before pulling our guts apart. And Nathan’s multi-octave vocal range was immediately put to the test. Ranging from parched and gravel-throated dusty husk right up to maximum songbird.
This was followed, at an extremely rapid pace, by ‘Breakaway’.
But we especially loved the DIO-sounding ‘Holy Water’ with its languid rhythms, deliberate yet refined. This was filled with lucent shadow. And thrilling, pounding clarity .
And we also loved the show finale — ‘Unaware’ a song that reminded us (a lot) of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (Bad Company) with the same frotting urgency and groovin’ riffs.
Yes, if you’re a fan of hard rock, then INGLORIOUS will probably be your next favourite band.
INGLORIOIUS special guests on THE WINERY DOGS’ European Tour 2016
Esseigfabrik – Cologne, Germany Jan 29
Kulturfabrik – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Jan 30
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK Jan 31
O2 Academy – Bristol, UK Feb 2
O2 Ritz – Manchester, UK Feb 4
O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK Feb 5
Trabendo – Paris, France Feb 6
Kate Antzokia – Bilbao, Spain Feb 8
Joe Eslava – Madrid, Spain Feb 9
Apolo – Barcelona, Spain Feb 10
Crossroads – Rome, Italy Feb 12
Z7 – Prattelin, Switzerland Feb 13
Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany Feb 15
Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia Feb 16
Barba Negra – Budapest, Hungary Feb 17
INGLORIOIUS Official Album Launch Concert:
Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK Feb 21