Kinstrife – Hangar 18 Music Venue Swansea 3rd March 2023
- Sticks And Stones
- Devil’s Call
- Stick With Me
- Ground Hammer
- Make Me
Hereford rockers Kinstrife always go down well at Hangar 18, so it pleased me greatly to learn that they were to support the mighty Kingdom Of Madness at the venue on their current tour.
The stage was a bit cramped due to KOM’s equipment being set out ready for their 2 hour set, so Kinstrife were a little restricted in their movements. That didn’t stop them from having a great time and delivering a stellar performance to an excited Hangar 18 crowd.
The band opened with a storming rendition of the “Fools and Monsters” album opener “Intervention” singer Mike Hoskins raising his right arm to the crowd as the band smash out this familiar number. Live favourite “Sticks and Stones” follows and the audience love it. “Fear” is next and as things are slowed down a bit here, we are asked if the Kinstrife Choir was in the house. They certainly were. Lead guitarist Alan Kaye (Tiga) shining here with his awesome solo that impressively plays over this cleverly crafted number.
Personal favourite time next in the form of the epic “Devil’s Call” I love the tempo change in this number, the ferociusness in Mike Hoskins’ voice and the sheer power that he delivers in the latter part of the song when performed live. It’s almost like he is delivering a sermon to the watching hoards. “Getaway” with it’s driving riff and powerhouse drumming gets the crowd moving, even some dancing taking place around the room. “Getaway” gives Simon Richards the chance to show his metal on the drums and he doesn’y disappoint.
“Stick With Me” slaps you in the face as the song starts of quietly and then Bang! … This was a real crowd pleaser. I loved how Mike and Alan kept jumping on the risers, half expecting to fall on their backsides
Recent release “Ground Hammer” got a glowing reception, this was the first time I’d seen it live and I hope it stays in the set for years to come. David Richards bass really driving this one along. The band seemed to really love playing this one.
The band closed their set with the magnifcent “Make Me” a powerful track that went down superbly well and an excellent number to leave the crowd wanting more. And there were plenty of cries for more from the audience.
Chatting with a few Kinstrife first timers after the gig, I was pleased to hear how well the band had gone down, they had made quite a few new fans here tonight.
Mike Hoskins – Vocals and Rhythm guitar
Alan Kaye (Tiga) – Lead guitar
David Richards – Bass
Simon Richards – Drums
words and pics Pete Devine
Band/Artist location – Hereford UK
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