Triple bill treat for fans
FIREKIND, OWEN PENRICE and THE STONE ANGELS
CROWDS on Paignton Green on Saturday night were treated to a triple bill of top-class local live music.
The Herald Express Big Bang gig, organised as part of the Torbay Carnival entertainment programme, is now in its second year.
The Stone Angels started the evening off with a solid set of original songs and rock covers which quickly brought a crowd to the North Green.
It was easy to see why the band are quickly building a reputation as a go-to act for promoters wanting no-nonsense, good-time rock and roll.
Owen Penrice kept the crowds and added some more with his solo acoustic set.
The Torquay-based singer-songwriter built a genuine rapport with the audience as he went through a set made up again of original songs and covers delivered in unexpected ways.
He finished with a medley of well-loved songs mixed with his own lyrics, and when his allotted time had expired he and the crowd were reluctant to part company.
After a spectacular fireworks display, Firekind brought the night to a rousing close with a set of hard rock delivered with panache and power.
The three-piece band have recently spent time in California recording with the people responsible for the Foo Fighters' sound, and the West Coast influence shines through.
Firekind are quite rightly one of the top acts on the west country circuit, and their live act just goes on getting better. And if there's a better song than Desolate to close a rock show, I've yet to hear it.