It’s rare living in rural Wales that I find gigs close to home; particularly not literally on the doorstep of the tavern next door. Happy to have a cheap night of classic rock I wandered into the dimly-lit back room, surrounded by empty glasses, bottles and rowdy people hailing from the neighboring areas.
I was blessed to discover the talents of The Sunset Limited: a three-piece alternative punk rock band from Telford releasing free 5 track demo CD’s. Met with overwhelming applause for (already topless) heavily tattooed drummer Ben, bassist Kaylum and vocalist/guitarist Chet the performance was triumphant with originality. I was particularly in awe over their instrumental song Phobos, which delicately led the room mystically into trance, however their abilities surpass the instruments as Chet’s vocals beautifully kept the room alight with smiles to contrast with the bands determined expressions, which I later theorized after a chat with Ben and Chet was down to the gig being their first exceptional live performance with sly solos, catchy riffs, lyrics, some fantastic drumming and smooth underlying bass throughout.
Flatteringly comfortable however were locally famous String The Marrionette, who as always put on a show to remember full of face-melting solos, a great constant energy displayed by their infectious full-faced grins and incredible cover songs converted into their own, which led the room minimally toe-tapping all the way through. Their talents were stretched beyond what I thought ever capable to catch in Llanfyllin. Performing from their own demo EP Amsonia the band did themselves proud as they went on to cover songs from Thin Lizzy and (which unbelievably made my night) Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. I felt genuine nostalgia rooting back to Sonisphere 2011 watching Metallica perform – these guys talents are genuinely underrated as far as I’m concerned. Remember the name, I myself going to hope and pray STM becomes a household name in the near future – they deserve accredited fame.
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Other performing bands of the night were Real 7 and headliners Luminova, whom unfortunately I missed out on due to family obligations. The event was held by JJAM Productions team Donna and Glen Jones.