Those Damn Crows – Live – O2 Academy

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Review By Darren McIntyre Photos By Barry Douglas

Those Damn Crows are a hard/alternative rock band from Bridgend, Wales formed in 2014, the boys have grown in strength & stature since hitting us with their debut album Murder & The Motive. The boys have graced the stages of festivals Steelhouse, Download, Planet Rock’s Winters End & Stonedead, this allowed them to showcase their epic depth and range that brought us a killer 2nd album Point Of No Return. The boys have been busy gigging all over the place and found time to record their latest record Inhale / Exhale earlier this year. Tonight the boys bring their sizzling brand of rock n roll to Glasgow’s O2, Please settle in as I take us through this short but blistering set. The place is packed to the rafters with gig-goers of all ages and the place has a real air of excitement about it, the house lights dim and the boys bounce onto the stage to a hero’s welcome as Shane bellows out Alright Glasgow which draws a huge cheer from this killer crowd, we roll straight into –

Who Did It – Ronnie gets the show underway with thundering cymbal crashes that let this awesome show burst into life, there is a real sludgy guitar riff that allows this punchy beast to rear its head and let us know The Crows have arrived. The cool gravelly vocals fill the place as the crowd gets into this beast of a track as the boys come in with deep full-on bass grooves that just take this opening track to another place as we feel the heat and energy oozing through the O2 tonight. The pounding rhythm section is delivering a full-on snare drum punch that gives this track attitude, the tempo cools a little as Shane controls the crowd as they sing along to the opening chorus which just gets the juices flowing for sure. This is a real meaty opener from the boys as we move onto –

Sin On Skin – Shane gets the crowd clapping and singing along as this track comes at us with all it has, the soulful vocals are letting the boys bring the heat as this bass-laden rocker track gathers pace and takes the roof off of the O2 tonight as we feel the boys as they deliver a real killer riff.

 The bassline drops a cool deep funk groove that just wraps itself around this monster tracks as we just stand and feel the depth oozing from the boys, the tempo changes direction again as we get a slick cool guitar lick that fills the air tonight and letting us get right behind these boys. This is a really energetic set that just proves that these boys have it and bring it by the truckload, The crowd are going mental as the boys have us eating from the palm of their hands, and we slide into Man On Fire – This a shredding beast of a track that blasts out of the blocks with a real gritty riff that has killer snare drum punches that let this track open and come to life. The melodic vocals are telling their own story as Shane just takes it all in his stride as the boys dig deep and just deliver a slick no-nonsense set that lets us know that the boys mean business tonight.

The track has a real punchy meaty kick that is joined by killer guitar licks that just roll through this fist-pumping beast as the band ramps up the pressure and gives this swelling Glasgow crowd what they came for, We pause for a bit as Shane chats with us and thanks us for coming out and spending time with them tonight as we roll into Blink Of An Eye – Shane chats with us and tells us we are going back in time as the cymbal crashes rain down on us and let this monster track open and come at us.

The slick guitar riffs hurtle all around the O2 as this punchy rocker track is unleashed and delivers a rasping groove that gets these fists in the air, we have cool gravelly vocals that run freely through this bass-driven track that keep building and building as the rhythm section brings the noise for sure. The cool guitar riffs are working their way through this well-balanced rocker track as the crowd joins in and bellows out the chorus as Shane leads the charge and lets the arrangement deliver a pounding groove that just works, we applaud and let the boys catch their breath as we slide into This Time I’m Ready – The tempo is slightly mellow as Shane brings his soulful vocals that allow the track to ease gently through the O2 tonight.

The ballad-style rock track oozes quality from the boys as they have settled into their stride and just take us on a journey that just catches our attention. We have mellow basslines that combine with a pounding bass kick that just elevates this band to another level as they drive this melodic number through the crowd Tonight classy backing vocals allow the track to deliver as a slick crunchy riff builds to bring the chorus to us as we rock out with the boys as they feel the crowd bring their A-Game tonight which is a really cool sight to behold, we come to the end track of this crunching top end set in the form of –

See You Again – We finish off with a real barnstorming punchy groove that has depth and swagger as Shane’s vocals fill the air and let this rocker come to life.

The rhythm section hits us with cymbal crashes that let the snare drum beats drive this colossal track onwards, we have cool vocals that flow effortlessly through this gritty riffed track that just kicks in the doors and lets us know that The Crows were here and boy don’t we know it. This is a cool track to finish on as it sums up what this band are all about they set about bringing us a real guitar-laden set that came armed with cool vocals, a thundering rhythm section and deep full on basslines that controlled the flow of this fantastic 5 piece outfit. Shane directs the traffic as he gets the crowd to sing back to him which is quite cool as we respond with plenty in the tank, the boys take a bow and thank us for coming out and supporting live music as they tell us they will be back later in the year.

Those Damn Crows –

         Shane Greenhall – Vocals

         Ian ‘Shiner ‘ Thomas -Guitar

         Lloyd Wood – Bass

         Ronnie Huxford – Drums

         David Winchurch – Guitar

Setlist –

   Who Did It

   Sin On Skin

   Man On Fire

   Blink Of An Eye

   This Time I’m Ready

   See You Again

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