Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham, UK – 26th April 2015

Posted by Bianca on Sunday Apr 26, 2015 Under Festivals, Various

Hit The Deck Review and Photography by Chris Ensell

Skindred

Today brings us to Nottingham, home of 2 football teams, Robin Hood, trams & a festival by the name of Hit The Deck. Having avoided the numerous speed cameras, parked up and grabbed a bite to eat, I headed inside to see what was going on.

First for the day were Idiom, an alternative metal band from Exeter. Whilst they may not have had the biggest crowd, they have everyones attention, and what’s more, they included a sample from 2pacs “California Love” which raised a few cheers.

You Blew It!

You Blew It!

Downstairs in Rock City basement, You Blew It! take to the stage, hailing from Florida, these guys are also touring with headliners The Early November, and it’s clear to see the similarities. With a relatively full room, catchy hooks & a huge amount of potential, these guys could be something very good. Having stated midway through their set that they’re a joke, I don’t think the rest of the room think the same way.

Oathbreaker

Oathbreaker

Oathbreaker hit everyone hard, a female fronted wall of noise makes everyone turn their head. Singer Caro Tanghe could be mistaken for a witch this evening, donning a ragged black outfit and a rare glimpse of her face. But she can be forgiven because this is certainly a performance that won’t be forgotten.

Allusondrugs

Allusondrugs

Allusondrugs

Castleford ensemble Allusondrugs probably don’t start out as intended, with singer Jason Moules frantically jolting around to then go flying over onto his arse, he laughs it off however and carries on. With clear influences of Sonic Youth, you may think that these guys are at the wrong festival, but the energy makes up for this and they hold their own just fine.

Thomas Nicholas Band

Thomas Nicholas Band

Thomas Nicholas Band

Over in the Rescue Rooms i’m told there is a movie star, the Thomas Nicholas Band take to the stage. You may ask who? But this is none other than Kevin from the American Pie franchise. Unfortunately for them though the crowd don’t seem quite into it, maybe they’re there to catch of glimpse rather than anything else but this definitely isn’t their day, or festival.

As It Is

As It Is

As It Is

Following these in the rescue rooms sees American pop punkers As It Is. Having scored a top 40 album this week, it’s clear that these guys have a pretty good following already.  Fans sing along to every word and the room is filled with high energy and stage jumps galore, these will go on to great things.

A Great Big Pile of Leaves

A Great Big Pile of Leaves

A Great Big Pile of Leaves grace us with their presence, signed to the same label as the band prior, however with a completely different sound. There’s an honesty to their music, nothing false and these guys write good tunes. I believe that this is their first time in the UK so pulling in the crowd seems to be a little difficult, but with another album release on the way, that may change for future tours.

Hacktivist

Hacktivist

Hacktivist

Hacktivist

It’s been an eclectic range of bands today at Hit the Deck and Milton Keynes band Hacktivist are no exception. They’re tough metal, with chugging guitars and rap too. Sure this has been done before by other bands such as TRC but what they do, they do well. The band create a raucous set with energy & crowd interaction in equal measure.

John Coffey

John Coffey

John Coffey

It appears we have another movie star in our ranks this evening (or maybe not), John Coffey take their name from the part Tom Hanks played in The Green Mile. A deep south sound with dirty guitars and a good measure of “hell yeah” coaxes in their audience. Drawing inspiration from bands such as Every Time I Die & Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, they already have a winning formula. When several band members then also decide to play part of their set in the crowd, they get a seal of approval from me, very good, very good indeed.

The Swellers

The Swellers

The Swellers

It’s a sad day for The Swellers, they’re on their last UK tour having called it a day but thankfully are quite happy to come back to our shores for one last time. They have a good turnout and many of the crowd know every word giving singer Nick something to remember. With tight drums, and vocals many singers would be envious of, it’s difficult to see why exactly the band are ending. Maybe shows like this will change that decision, but here’s to hoping.

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

Canadian rockers Cancer Bats have a full room, there’s a huge amount of anticipation and excitement way before they have even taken to the stage. Fast driven bass lines and guitar riffs galore, this is definitely the kind of music you can get involved in. Singer Liam is an absolute professional on stage and draws every one of the audience into his show and succeeds.

Rolo Tomassi

Rolo Tomassi

Rolo Tomassi

Rolo Tomassi

Sheffield band Rolo Tomassi play a very dark & small Stealth stage. Tomassi have a winning formula, and with a new album soon available, this is a great opportunity for the band to reintroduce them back into the touring circuit. Singer Eva’s stage style could remind you of others bands such as At The Drive In, with frantic moves and solid vocals they put through a very solid performance.

While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps have accumulated a massive following over the past few years, with tours covering the world, you’d have difficulty understanding why these may not be headlining the festival themselves. Everything is spot on, and the audience certainly think so too. They rip down the venue with their bombardment of noise and everyone is asking for more, and more, and more.

Frank Iero & The Celebration

Frank Iero & The Celebration

Unless you’re a seasoned My Chemical Romance fan, you may ask who exactly Frank Iero & The Celebration are, but I may have just given you a clue. With the parting of MCR, guitarist Frank has decided to go his own way. Their is definitely an air of female youth in the crowd, possibly down to his previous bands following but this can be forgiven. He knows how to put on a show and the similarities aren’t too dissimilar from My Chemical Romance, but that isn’t a bad thing, is it?

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

You’ll have to forgive me but I am somewhat of a fan of The Early November. Whilst the majority of the audience may be in their mid twenties, their songs often describe the trials & tribulations of growing up as a teenager. Their message hits home and the seasoned fans sing along to every word, including myself.

Skindred

Skindred

Skindred

Welsh headliners Skindred finally take to the stage. Singer Benji dons a unusual fur coat but his fashion sense is usually less than ordinary in his workplace. It’s a euphoric performance by the band which ensure every single person from left to right is jumping to their songs. Kill The Power, Pressure and Ratrace ensue why they hold the headliner space for the festival and everyone leaves with a memorable day. We’ll welcome more of this next year.

See the complete Hit The Deck photo set by Chris here (all 108 glorious shots!)

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