Black Peaks have had an incredible 12 months. From releasing their debut album Statues to supporting the mighty Deftones at Wembley Arena, they have ticked off many goals that I’m sure even they didn’t expect to accomplish in such a short time.
And it’s well deserved too, since Statues is a fine example of modern progressive rock. So when they announced that on their upcoming tour that they would be performing their album from front to back I had to get along to witness what promised to be something special.
Kicking off the night were Employed to Serve who had some serious riffs, and Tigercub with their early Reuben vibes. Both played solid sets and should definitely be on your new music radar this year. The excitement was highest though for Black Peaks, taking the stage to some foreboding sound and erupting into first track ‘Glass Built Castles’.
Front man Will Gardner is a commanding presence on stage and isn’t afraid to work up the crowd and get them involved for the sing-along moments, of which there are plenty throughout the set. They sounded extremely tight and hardly dropped a note, especially in the vocal department with powerful renditions of ‘Say You Will’ and personal set highlight ‘Hang ‘Em High’ where Will got up close and personal with the front row to finish the song.
Overall it was a fantastic evening, and with a support slot on Bury Tomorrow’s UK tour in April just announced I expect Black Peaks to be taking on larger stages themselves in 2017 and beyond.
Photos: Chris Young at CWY Photography