It’s been less than a year since Shockwave last saw this talented trio hit the stage in London, and what a busy ten months it’s been for them. Showing the world what RavenEye can bring, these guys have been rocking their arses off supporting some incredible bands and getting their name on some massive festival line ups. Already completing their Nova U.S.A run back in July last year, it’s now the UK’s turn to witness these epic headline shows. Tonight we head to Dingwalls, a cosy venue in London’s historical Camden Lock and the perfect place for an intimate RavenEye show.
First to warm up the crowd were the all-girl garage rock four piece, The Franklys. With no opportunity to ease your eardrums in with this lot, their powerful, energetic sound immediately crashed around the room. As hair whipped across the stage, these girls performed an impressive set to start off the night. Next up were Leicesters rock trio, SKAM. At first when I saw these guys come up on stage, I was skeptical about the main supporting band being a very similar three piece line up to the headliners; but I shouldn’t have been. SKAM showed Dingwalls what they had to offer in their own way and they had the room buzzing from front to back. Ending their set with an epic Black Sabbath cover, they leave the crowd pumping and ready for RavenEye’s arrival.
Over the last year I’ve seen RavenEye play live several times so I already knew this was going to be an epic night, but tonight was different for me; tonight was my first time seeing them at their own headline show and with no three song photo restrictions, I was excited to be amongst the fellow ‘Ravens’ to capture the energy as it happened throughout the set.
The lights dim and an echo of western music creeps from the stage. I’ve heard a lot of interesting entrance tracks before, but this wild west theme was a new one for me. The trio is greeted to the stage with a roaring cheer and they throw themselves straight into “Hate.” With hammering beats that feel like they are literally punching you in the chest, Adam Breeze’s drum intro keeps the energy flowing and sweeps them into “Come With Me.” Now with the crowd at their mercy, lead vocalist/guitarist Oli Brown takes a minute to say hello and welcome everyone before they throw themselves back in with “Inside.” With an infectious smile, bassist Aaron Spiers bounces around the stage. As he looks across to his fellow bandmates, you can see and feel the connection between this three is strong. This tight bond reflects on their performance, giving the crowd an experience of pure musical passion
Now if you’ve seen these guys play before, you’ll know that this band doesn’t just leave the lead vocalist to do all the front man work. All three of them put in the effort to engage with the crowd and to give the best show they can. Taking the reins, Adam grabs the mic while he slams his bass pedal into a pounding beat. Encouraged to sing back some “hey hey yeah’s,” the crowd helped Adam introduce the song “Hey Hey Yeah.” Mid song, Oli climbs on Aarons shoulders while they parade amongst a delighted crowd.
With only his lungs needed for this next one, Oli leaves his guitar to one side and impressively bellows out some screams for “You’re a Lie” before absorbing the crowd with his melodic tones for “Supernova.” Bodies are swaying to the soothing beats as the room drifts off with the atmosphere; The track ends with another burst of energy and as the crowd cheers, RavenEye jumps straight into “Madeline.” Taking some time out to thank the crowd, Oli also talks about how tonight’s show is the biggest for RavenEye and that it’s amazing to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.
Adam is not one that likes to hide behind his kit the whole show. He interacts with the crowd just as much as the other two on stage and does a fine job doing it. Standing up on his kit while grabbing onto the lighting rig above him, he cheers on the room as Oli erupts into an impressive solo on his beloved ‘Little Bird’ (his newest guitar). With the crowd elated, they kick into “Oh My Love.” Up next is “Out of the Rain” before heads are banging along to “Breaking Out.” Leaving his drum kit completely for this next one, Adam joins Oli and Aaron upfront with his guitar as they perform a superb version of “Eternity” before heading back behind the kit for “Hero.”
With the announcement that a new album is on it’s way, tonight’s crowd are treated to a little taster as they perform a brand new song “Turn The Lights Out.” Sometimes I think it’s just as uncomfortable for the crowd to hear a brand new song live as it is for the band playing it to them. Without knowing the lyrics to sing along to and with no insight to what’s coming next, they are left vulnerable as they are forced to just take it in. But there was no awkwardness with this one. The crowd were loving being the guinea pigs for this awesome new RavenEye track. It’s time for the last song of the night and all three of them give every last bit of energy they have left for “You Got It.” Ending it in style, Oli lays himself over the crowd and they carry him around the room. With an impressive dismount that sees him flow right back onto his feet on the stage, they go out with a bang as the room is filled with a mighty applause.
In many ways this was an exceptional show for RavenEye tonight. I wish them the best of luck as they continue making awesome memories for their fans across the rest of the UK and Europe.