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:: Grand Volume :: Fevercaine ::
13 September 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester

Grand Volume have changed. For a start they claim everyone in the band is called Dave. Secondly they actually have noise levels that allow them to easily live up to their name. They also have lots of hair - on their heads I might add. From such mighty images spews forth the loudest sound ever (?) – Suitably they’ve been named as support on the mighty Amplifier's European tour and it’s an inspired fit. Mathematically calculated timings are fluidly executed against a backdrop of a click track, that contains bass and keyboard effects. Tonight though it’s all about the interplay between Dave and Dave’s guitars, as Drummer Dave creates the rock performance required for such large aural structures. “Summon” is an epic mixture of bits of quiet, lots of loud and splendid guitar riffs connected by melodic intervals. You can picture this on much larger stages, as Grand Volume refrain from any indie jangles and “My Old Mans A Dustman” lyrics (instead there are growling harmonies and svelte, barbed vocals ), dwelling instead on the task of creating sonic mountains out of just the three musicians. This is a band who have found a true source of searching heavy rock with enough sophistication to make a lasting impression. The only problem (if you think of it as a problem) is that you may probably need some ear plugs...but that’s p.r.o.p.e.r. rock and roll isn't it !

Fevercaine are going to find the going tough after such a strong showing, but their anxious, energised new rock, rockets straight up the street of Hell Is For Heroes and a tougher version of Funeral For A Friend. The guitarist looks good and can muster up the required chord flits rather well. But again , echoing comments about their demo, their able lead singer Iain Morley has a talent, but it’s straining on the higher notes, suffers just very occasionally on pitch and is wasted really on the unnecessary heavy rock aerobics. Their image is a bit messy and a bit of style wouldn’t go amiss – Why ? - Because if Fevercaine just gave themselves a more measured analysis and cleaned up their act, they might realise that their performances are actually full of much more potential than they imagine. They could be on the cusp of something but will have deliver on all fronts, to get the last crucial inches of reach they need for proper success.


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