Pete Spiby and the Beat Alls + Steel Trees @ Black Heart, London

Date: 16th December 2018
Review/Photography: Ryan Whitwell / Shotison

As a huge fan of Black Spiders (a band I regularly refer to as the best British hard rock band of the past decade) I was really looking forward to hearing Pete Spiby’s latest project live. I’ve enjoyed the new album, Failed Magician, since its release a couple of months ago and tonight the set would be made up of songs from that album. As an extra treat, the support tonight was Steel Trees, who feature Black Spiders bassist, Liam, in the band.

Steel Trees

Steel Trees played a banging set! Some big riffs and solos from the Doncaster based band.

Steel Trees

Nice hard and fast rock, with shed loads of on-stage energy. Guitar heads being pointed to the sky on a few occasions, and knees hitting the floor at other times. Their one and only music video apparently got blocked on YouTube, satanic worship must be against the terms of service.

Steel Trees

Tipping the hard rock scale in favour of heavy blues, Pete Spiby and The Beat Alls brought to London some very solid grooves and plenty to keep the ears perked up.

Pete Spiby and the Beat Alls

A little bit of banter between numbers, including an introduction to ‘Mary Jane’, which tonight was dedicated to your hard working local drug dealer. Why Not Let Them Come was a personal favourite for me, it’s a solid number with lots of drive and easy to get a bit of headbang involved.

Pete Spiby and the Beat Alls

With three six strings and a five string bass in front of the drummer, it was hard to keep up with who was playing what as rhythm and lead roles seemed to switch seamlessly at times. Things were tipped further into the blues sound with some sweet slides at times.

Pete Spiby and the Beat Alls

For me, it was great to hear those tones again after a year of sludge, doom etc. Getting something that really highlights and improves the origins of my favourite genres is always welcome.

Pete Spiby and the Beat Alls

Setlist:
Lightning Bolt
Bible Studies
Little Finger
Friday Night
Guiding Light
Mary Jane
Friends
Why Not Let Them Come
Wolves

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