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Iconic Eye - 2015 Live at the Sun Inn Stafford

ARTIST: Iconic Eye
ARTICLE: Live at the Sun Inn Stafford
DATE: Saturday August 29th, 2015
YEAR: 2015


SETLIST:1. Now That I've Found Love, You Make It, Lil' Devil, All She Needed, Don't Stop Me From Leaving, You're On Your Own, Sweet Emotion, Are You Gonna Go My Way, In A Broken Dream

2. I Can Feel It, You Knew, Better Place, Every Little Thing, Here I Stand, Let It Rain Down, Highway to Hell, Thin Lizzy Medley


The chance to see one of the best up and coming AOR/melodic rock bands to appear this year would be a treat anywhere, but to see them pretty much in your own backyard is just too good an opportunity to pass up. Iconic Eye have been picking up fans at an alarming rate with firstly a top notch EP and then a stellar album 'Hidden from Plain Sight', coupled with a prestigious place at this years Download and other selective gigs things are really looking up for the band. I first caught the guys live earlier this year at their album release party and now for the second time as an attraction at the Local Beer and Ale Festival here in my home town of Stafford...and it was free too!!

The set that the band put together for the night was a mixture of tunes from the aforementioned album and some covers, the covers being put into the set as the audience for tonight's gig was not primarily a rock audience, and I believe that the thinking behind this was to give the punters something they recognised along with their own polished brand of AOR. The evening was split into two 45 minute sets, with the covers liberally sprinkled throughout. A generous crowd was in attendance, although I'm not sure how many were there for the band and how many for the myriad real ales on offer!! No bother though as Iconic Eye put on a storming show which I think won them a few more converts to the cause. The band is certainly sounding tighter than they were at the album release party and were helped tonight by a nice clear mix which highlighted every aspect of the band's sound.

They started proceedings with album opener 'Now That I've Found Love' which delivered in spades, in the live setting the band prove they can beef up the smooth AOR sound of the album and with the dual guitars of Greg Dean and David Wasson, they have an earthy organic feel to them too. Vocalist Timothy Dawkes gives an assured performance on the tracks that initially Lee Small performed on the album, he has quickly stamped his own individual mark on these songs and is developing as a front man. The rhythm section of drummer Paul Emery and bassist Gary Slater are totally locked in together and give a band a real backbone and a wonderful base to build on. The first set continued with a mixture of covers and original material, before finishing off with a storming version of the Python Lee Jackson chestnut 'In A Broken Dream'.

After a short break for refreshments (mine was a very nice pint of Bombardier thank you (after all it was a Beer and Ale Festival!!), the band carried on where they left off, with the new single 'Better Place' taking the honours as the stand out track, the night is nicely rounded off with a mini set of rock classics from AC/DC to a Thin Lizzy medley in honour of the late Phil Lynott's recent birthday, which with a dual guitar attack they were able to pull off with aplomb.

All in all a very satisfying night was had by all. The band have other selected gigs on the horizon and really what the band need now is to get themselves onto a support slot to get their own brand of smooth Brit AOR out to the wider audience. On tonight's evidence they are deserving of a bigger say on the scene. They have all the potential, the songs are there, the live performances are becoming tighter and now all they just need are the right breaks.

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#1 | swazi on October 01 2015 20:06:44
Cool! Smile
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