Downham Market Club played host to Heat 6 of Battle Of the Bands and Twisted Melon gave the sleepy market town a the kind of music the club craves… Classic Rock!
Unfortunately the judges were dropping like flies including a last-minute withdrawal from regular reviewer/journalist Jon Seymour, get well soon Jon.
This however allowed us to include some genre specific judges which worked perfectly for a single genre heat.
First up were Powderhead from Cambridge. With band T-shirts, ripped jeans, loads of hair and female lead singer with an amazing full back tattoo, they certainly looked the part.
And from the first chord they played the part too. It was raw old-school rock and it was exactly what the crowd wanted.
Next up were local grunge rock act Vulpes and it only took a moment to realise they were the home town act as the front of the stage filled with bodies. These guys are good, technically strong and work the audience well.
The lead singer will has a very distinctive purr and sometimes growl to his vocal. Think classic Queens Of The Stone Age and you’re not a million miles away.
Third act up were Norwich three-piece Powerhouse. These guys were different again, still classic rock but great fun. You found yourself smiling through the whole set. This is not a put down in any was as this band are amazingly talented musicians with a quite brilliant front man. If Jack Black joined Bill & Ted and their band went on Wayne’s World, their band would be just like Powerhouse.
Finally it was back to pure unadulterated dirty rock with Alter The Sky. With another front woman and arguably the strongest vocal range of the night. Amazingly catchy riffs and another all round brilliant performance. The only sticking point with this act was the fact this was singer Kirsten Roche’s last gig before moving to America! The replacement is ready but what would the judges think?
It was tight, very very tight, but in the end it was Vulpes edging into the semi finals. You needed to catch your breath after this heat. Full on from start to finish and proof that if its good enough original music can keep a crowd brought up on cover bands entertained all night.