Artist: Liquid Skin
Guitar: Mostly simple riffing with some nice licks in song 2. Played Well.
Guitar/Vox: Vox occasionally a tad forced, but mostly on pitch. Decent.
Bass: Deeply root-notey, vary it up a little man!
Drums: Some nice stuff here - standout musician for me, but not by loads
Mic tech occasionally a little off - lock yourself into the stand.
Song 2 opener - lots of snare buzz before the drums kick in - turn it off in these sections as it can be distracting. Banter is ok, nothing to write home about. 15:02 - nice.
Song 1: Tasty opener, very nice. YOU LOOK SO FINE & AND I REALLY WANT TO MAKE YOU MINE - someone has done this before… Mostly solid with some sketchy transitions. Missed solo op, but slick end..
Song 2: Mellow & well put together - nice guitar melodies & vocals are nicely worked. Would benefit from some backing harmonies. Nice solo, not too wanky.
Song 3: ore of the same gubbins - it’s getting there but it’s lacking the special sauce to make me remember it.
It’s well thought through, if nothing new. Lacking flare in places, and I do feel you could add to the set by mixing some of the riffs up a bit in places - needs some spice.
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 3/5
Plenty of interplay & well built as a band. I’d like more from the performance though, it comes off as a little awkward at times as you’re showing your nerves a bit.
This was quite good, nothing more, nothing less. You’ll hold your own as a pub act, but I need some more on all fronts to be really impressed. Sort of thing I’d be happy to enjoy in the background, but no one’s paying to see you any time soon.
Artist: April 20th
Keys: Chord work fine - nothing special going on here. Possibly superfluous.
Guitar (stage R): Deliberately super chill, but it’s all good.
Bass: Nicely picked, clean notes and tasty licks.
Guitar (stage L): As stage R, no issues.
Drums: Rather run off the mill, but some nice sections. Occasional timing slips.
A touch of pre-gig stage pissing going on… Gnarly crackle throughout, but I’ll let you blame it on the sound guy. Snare buzz again - turn it off when you’re not playing!
Serious feedback in song 3? Maybe a tad shy time-wise & cable whip!
2 cable whips! Sort your fucking lives out guys!
Song 1: Chill vibes, if a little lift-musicy. Weeeeeeak ending.
Song 2: Is this a new song? Or have you just trolled us by repeating the first? Not convinced by the wah & badly timed.
Song 3: Same again, these are all a tad forgettable.
It flows really well, and the set is relatively well put together with some nice ideas, but as a set it doesn’t build enough for me and just keeps on chilling through - quite probably what you were going for though.
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 1/5
This is super-background, I’m afraid. I’m not on board with the sit-down, 4/20 vibes aside. There’s nothing for the crowd here, and I feel you’d struggle to entertain any venue more exciting than a field. Some dancers in the crowd though.
Contrary to some of the above, I enjoyed most of this, it just didn’t do much for me as a set. Plenty of cool stoner jams, but often just kinda dull.
Artist: Pig Iron
Guitar (stage R): Looks alright, but it’s so quiet in the mix it’s hard to tell.
Bass/Vox: Bass is a touch buzzy, singing is dire but growls are good and suitably meaty.
Guitar (stage L): Far & away standout here - great work. Cheeky backing vox is good.
Drums: Going for complexity and while occasionally on point it’s mostly furry sludge.
Another shocking mix - I’m going to keep complaining about this sound guy. It’s a travesty that you’ve been forced into the mud by him.
Nothing specifically to pick holes in professionalism wise, but the combo of the other elements feeds into a weak score.
Also shy at 13 minutes.
Song 1: Not well put together as a song - some sections are quite cool guitar-wise, but mostly pants. Vocally silly - Magically what? Funky section is out of place & through section - fucking lol - no. Death metal sections are the best parts. Whoa man - riff around 11:30 was written by my own band! (Gunmen of the Apocalypse).
Well it’s certainly unique, but I don’t think in a good way. Mostly a messy mash of incompatible influences forced together. Fin thinks it’s satire - I’m not convinced. Why didn’t you make this proper death metal and run with it?
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 1.5/5
This needs a lot more to pull of this genre, so the stage show is severely wanting - you should be shitting on the stage & Dillingering off the ceiling! Ending with a burp was hilarious though.
Well, a but of a mess, but also a bit of fun. Pick a sound & own it - don’t take it so seriously & fall into it a lot more. Lots of progress since Tetrakis though, so good job on that front!
Vox: Generally solid, but I find myself thinking some of this is a touch below your range - great in higher sections & standout musician at these points.
Guitar: Simple, but props for playing guitar leftie and drums rightie. Nice backing vox.
Bass: Following guitar lines & roof notes - mix it up.
Drums: As above - solid but simple.
Musically this is so simple that it detracts from a professional feel, but it is mostly quite tight. Banter - feeling in love? Really? Waves those arms! So many tropes. Crowd is well in though so fair play!
Song 1: Ultra simple year 8 riff work. Highly procedural song format, bt well transitions. Band theme bass? Nice stop.
Song 2: More year 8 action.
Song 3: Set appropriate slow song, but still nowt new.
Song 4: Instantly more interesting - best song by a way. Vocals by the end are excellent when you’ve able to let go & run with it.
Really, really derivative - not a lot more to say I’m afraid. It’s a well put together set, but undeniably dull I’m afraid.
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 4/5
Price tag on the guitar is an interesting touch - bought at £-land on the way over? Front-lady giving it a lot of love & the crowd is on board, but as is so often the case the rest of the band are lacking! Best so far tonight though.
I thought it was “zed” not “zee”? This was objectively not bad, but just so devoid of new ideas. I really wanted to like it, and I’m generally a sucker for a good cliche, but you guys went too far.
Guitar (12)/Keys/Vox: Guitar very simple, in time. Voc okay, but not well supported in places. Keys are a nice touch and played fine.
Guitar (6): Nice command of effects, playing solid.
Bass: Some real tasty pick work - good job.
Drums: 1st hit out of time… Fine throughout the rest of the set and some real nice bits.
The sound fucking sucks tonight - where is the normal dude?
Not your fault though, and sorry you had to deal with it. More fucking snare buzz - why can no-one switch off tonight?
Stops in song 2 a tad sloppy & banter is forced. 16 minutes is a tad long.
Song 1: Genre appropriate wanky sample intro - a bit silly. A bit dull until you all woke up - cool.
Song 2: Transitions are pants, but love what you’re going for here - funky jams! Not great as a song though, more of a comedy jam. No end.
Song 3: Nice opening vox. Much better than song 2 as an actual arrangement. Appropriately stupid ending.
Some cool mish-mash of ideas throughout & you’re having a nice fuck about with it. Not too serious & I’m on board - very enjoyable. Hilariously stupid lyrics. I’m hearing (as well as seeing) a chill Tenacious D in this - this is a good thing for me!
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 3/5
Crowd is loving this & everyone is bopping in song 2, including me. Front man is having a cracking time, but I need more from the others to round off the performance. Given the genre & the laid back nature of your tunes, I want lots more from this as a set.
Yeah that was pretty sweet - lots of issues & often felt unfinished, but I was smiling throughout. Crowd loves it too & great reception. Go practice/gig more & come back much better next year x
Vox: Diction is really good & this is something rare at BOTB. Otherwise solid.
Guitar: Very simple, but tight.
Bass: Some nice bass work, but some timing issues.
Drums: Some really nice shit going on back there - nice.
Band into is deeply unpro & this all reeks of fresher band.
You’re giving it lots though, and props for that. All very tight & well rehearsed though, which is lovely to see. Banter is free & easy, which is not easily learned.
Song 1: Classic 1st song - Verse! Chorus! Verse! Chorus! Guitar bit! Band intro! Chorus! Silly Ending!
Song 2: Some more of the same - Lyrical guff & procedural instrumentation.
Song 3: You had me at hello intro is tasty. Vox less hot in this one.
This is very much nothing new, but your songs are not poorly put together. Go and develop your own sound, then come back & impress us!
Stage Presence/Entertainment Value: 5/5
Brought a crowd and engaged with them very well. Bin the mic stand - you don’t need it. Lots of energy throughout & your stage show is the best part of this performance. You’re very endearing & this works.
In the first 10 seconds I said to Botch “these guys are going to score badly, but be excellent in 3 years”. You stink of a Rootes kitchen in terms of freshery-ness, but you’ve got the seeds of something really cool here. Go away and work on your writing & nail this competition in a few years. You’re bringing back memories of a dear friend’s band from BOTB 2011 called “Coast is Clear”, who did exactly that. Oh, and change the name! Overdrawn is crap.