BBC Introducing In Hereford and Worcester came to the Victory Pub in Hereford on 31st January 2016. If you are not familiar with BBC Introducing….in a nutshell; local unsigned bands upload their music, the BBC crew listen, and select four bands to play a set in a local venue. They bring recording & lighting equipment, making a real show of it. The sets are then played on BBC H&W’s Introducing show, giving much needed exposure to the acts.
It was the latter of these bands, Last Tree Squad – normally a seven piece, but tonight an eight piece dub reggae band, that kicked the event off. Front man Loftie is well known on the Hereford music scene, a man that works hard not just for his art and his comrades, but for all those making music in the city.
Last Tree Squad
The eighth member tonight was Jenny Frost, who sings in the Hereford Soul Choir, and brought some more depth to the vocals that was a bonus. I could go on all day about Reggae – coming from the West Midlands, bands like Steel Pulse are part of my younger days soundtrack – and what a great band Last Tree Squad are, but really you just need to look them up and go see them.
‘Eye of the Storm’ was a particularly catchy (sorry to use that awful word) track and just to prove they are their own sound, they chuck in some rap vocals from Matt J Owen, keyboard player for the band. I suspect there is a great future ahead for Sin Eso; they have a cool aura about them.
They’ve already played at the O2 Institute in Birmingham and I can’t see that being the end of it.
Thank The Academy
Finally, local rock trio Atlas took to the stage. Well, they say rock, I say down-tuned riff chugging monster Metal. I loved their set – part Mastodon, with some Bolt Thrower guitar and a bit of James Hetfield on the vocals thrown in for a pretty full on sound.
The sets will be played on the BBC H&W Introducing show throughout February, so keep an ear out for them.
Last Tree Squad: www.facebook.com/LastTreeSquad
Sin Eso: www.facebook.com/sineso.official
Thank The Academy: www. www.facebook.com/ThankTheAcademyUK