On a night where Nine Miles South launched their EP, Morass Of Molasses kicked off their UK Tour and Endless Mile found the venue without getting lost, if that didn’t impressive enough then the facial hair and monster riffs certainly did.
Endless Mile started the night off in style with some impressive hard rock and as the guitars reverberated around the venue you knew you were in for a good night from the very first song. Proving that Milton Keynes is a hotbed for talent in the rock world at the moment, with a heavy rhythm and great vocals it was a great start to the evening from the very first note, which was fast paced at times and with a modern sound to them. Singer Richie Hevanz had a lot of Welsh charm and managed to get the crowd to stand closer to the stage on only the first time of asking. ‘Paper Cuts’ which was not from the EP he had been talking about during the set, went down well with those who had arrived early enough to see them play, and with some new songs in their set, ‘Cry Wolf’ gave an insight into how good their next studio release is going to sound. With an excellent set from them, Endless Mile are a band that is worth seeing live.
Having already seen Morass Of Molasses before, it was guaranteed that this was going to be an excellent set from them, and they didn’t disappoint in the slightest. With loud, sludgy guitars and singer Bones having an impressive vocal range, their set was heavier than a fat mammoth. Starting with the riff drenched ‘Rotten Teeth’, their stoner sound soon filled the room. Including the song about naked witches, and with some of the usual amusing words from Bones which always delights any crowd they play to, ‘Maenads’ had swirling guitars and delicate vocals to start with but it soon unleashed its power and ‘Fear To Tread’ was sung so loudly that even the microphone moved away from the ferocity of it. With a new song all about pride and a mention of that impressive beard that everyone wants to touch apparently, ‘So They Walk’ was more of that signature sound this band excel at, and ‘Ashtabula’ and ‘Serpentine’ were full of a delicious, heavy slab of sludge. If there is one band you should be seeing out on the road this month, the Morass Of Molasses are that band, as they are always brilliant live.
With some facial hair that managed to impress Bones, which is high praise indeed, Nine Miles South kicked off their EP launch night in full rock mode. With a slightly southern style to some of their songs, this gave it an edge that made it catchy to listen to and the crowd were certainly into the set from the start. ‘The Reckoning’ with its dirty sounding guitars was a great opener and there was more to come with ‘Let It Slide’. Slowing things down a bit and with singer Seb Mikkelsen swapping to an acoustic guitar ‘Jackie Boy’ was still a powerful song with its country-blues style before picking things back up with a Joe Bonamassa cover of ‘Blue And Evil’, which was every bit as good as the original, as the guitars and rhythm thumped their way through the track. Telling the crowd to join and sing along if they felt like it, they needed no persuasion as hair went flying down the front to every one of their songs. Checking to see if anyone was as drunk as the guitarist, to add a touch of humour to the evening and was obviously not true in the slightest, the band were sounding on fine form with ‘White Lines’. The final song of the evening ‘Fingernails’ had a monster pounding drum from the outset, before the guitars kicked in. This song was just the one to end what had a been a brilliant set from Nine Miles South, as the band ended the night tearing up the stage and rounded off what had been an excellent night of live music in epic style.