Alter the Sky Single Launch Party + Stevie Jones and the Wildfires + Kaine @ The Blue Moon, Cambridge

The Blue Moon played host to Alter The Sky’s Single launch party, supported by Stevie Jones and the Wildfires with their brand of folk rock and co-headliners Kaine carrying the torch for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)

Stevie Jones and The Wildfires

Stevie Jones and the Wildfires

After the slight delay due to the late arrival of the drummer and guitarist, Stevie jones kicked the evening off with songs from his latest album Angels and Sirens. Very different to the following bands, covering themes of loss, love and the life, tribulations and sacrifices of a touring musician. Beautiful melodies tinged with sadness, soaring guitar breaks delivered with a voice of experience. A unique voice that at times in which you can hear the influence of The Levellers or New Model Army.

The partisan crowd, many of whom may have been geologists judging by the roar of approval when they came to play Stratigraphic Heart, were rewarded with a rousing set and some finely balanced playing between the acoustic guitar of Stevie and Vassilis’s electric lead in the blues based song Neon Underground. They closed out their set with This Is My Church taken from the Stratigraphic Hearts album, an anthemic celebration of the joy of discovery, a musical road and journey that defines the routes of this interesting musician.

Alter the Sky

Alter The Sky

This is a band that clearly knows how to enjoying itself on stage. The five piece classic hard rock outfit fronted by Helen Johnson ripped through a set of their own compositions with a respectful and fresh version of Whole Lotta Rosie. Accompanied by shouts of “Angus, Angus, Angus” Kev Baker duly obliged gurning and smiling throughout the solo part as he played to the audience.

The band produce a heavy, clear and coherent sound, well balanced and supported by  tight rhythms driven by drummer Arron Peters and Matt Scott’s bass playing.

Check out when we caught Alter the Sky at Homegrown Festival

Helens original voicing has a wide range but with power and subtlety that creates an exciting driving sound over the top of the guitar heaviness balancing the sound and lending it a fresh quality. Think iron fist in a kidd glove.

The dual guitar line-up adds extra weight to the sound and it is a real treat to see the communication between band members throughout the set to deliver a polished and professional performance that definitely got the crowd rocking.

The new EP Fortune Favours the Bold rounded out the set and I certainly look forward to hearing more from this band and their next release.



Hailed as flag bearers for the NWOBHM, I was immediately reminded of a youth spent following Judas Priest and early Iron Maiden around the City Hall venues across the UK. Their seamless wall of sound is truly impressive and Rage Sadler,  suitably attired in a Judas Priest T-shirt, gives everything in a relentless performance.

Now bear in mind that 1 month ago the guitarist, bass player and drummer left Rage high and dry with no band. That he managed to pull a band together in only four weeks to rehearse and get under their fingers material from the newly released album, rather appropriately titled A crisis of Faith,  deserves recognition for total commitment. On this performance you would have been hard pressed to tell this line up had only been together four weeks.

If like me, you still linger for the chest pounding excitement and energy to revel in the visceral experience of feeling and seeing a metal band in full flight at close quarters not 100 yards away in a stadium, then you owe it to yourself to catch this band on their current album tour. They are returning to the region 6 more times this year visiting the B2 in Norwich and The Smokehouse Ipswich when the whole band will be fully versed in the material. I’m booking my tickets now.




Tom Lumley, Mike Shinoda and Belmont all on this week’s Noisy Playlist

Some absolute bangers feature in this week’s Noisy Playlist featuring a little dose of pop punk at the end there just for the sunny weather.

We have feature plenty of the bands we covered at Homegrown Festival last week with massive tunes from Fick As Fieves, Tom Lumley, The Catch and plenty more

We also feature brand new songs from the latest releases by Mike Shinoda, State Champs and more.

We also wanted to include just a couple of tunes from Pop Punk bands that will really make it start to feel like summer with tracks from Belmont and Between You & Me which just needs playing out loud in the sun.

Check out the full playlist here:

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 – Part 1

We here at This Is Noise are always on the lookout for the biggest and brightest talents across the regions to show off their music and talents, well Homegrown Festival last weekend boasted the best of what East Anglia has to offer and we were in attendance to check out the bands performing and see what the local talent has to offer.

Here is just part 1 of our highlights of the festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow with us covering a range of bands and artists taking to the stage to show the crowd what they have to offer…


The event opened Friday with hightlights of the night coming from Tom Lumley and his band. Playing his brand of power Indie rock. The new single Sky High was aired in an accomplished and exciting performance by this tight four piece. This is a must-see band who will soon be headlining  at the Blue Moon, Cambridge on the 29th June. Tickets are selling fast.

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Influx of Insanity

Oli and Dom two young musicians form a power New Prog band and cite Periphery and Carnival as influences. Their sound is large and powerful for a two piece but the guitar sound is  subtly interwoven with jazz licks and grooves that remind you of Soft Machine. An EP is due out very soon. Ones to watch


Alter the Sky

A Cambridge 5 piece heavy rock band playing their own compositions. Helen Johnston’s powerful vocals, supported by driving power riffs and a solid drum line got the small crowd rocking. Another band to announce a new EP, their launch party is being held at the Blue Moon Cambridge on 16th June. The new single ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was given a thorough workout.

Friday night was finished off by Heathen. Their set comprising of original compositions and a selection of rock standard covers, kicked off with the Chilli Peppers Dani California. The crowd was up singing and dancing throughout their seamless set enhanced by a lighting rig normally only seen on larger festival stages.

Read part 2 of our Homegrown Festival review here