Friday 12th May 2017
Telfords Warehouse, Chester
The road to Telfords Warehouse was littered with walking corpses, stumbling clumsily with clothes falling from their limbs. The zombified masses were yet again evacuating Chester Races, bumbling along in a drunken stupor. I was on my way to Telfords to witness something far more intriguing – local band 1968 playing live, in a safe haven away from the riders of the apocalypse outside.
Telfords Warehouse is always a great place to visit, though it’s not famed for showcasing music like we were looking forward to tonight. I’ve enjoyed music from other genres at the venue, but it was good to be expecting some noisy rock. I met up with old buddy Dan and waited for the sonic attack to begin.
As you’d expect with a name like 1968, this band has Sabbath, Mountain, Blue Cheer and others of that ilk in their DNA. It’s heavy, stoner rock with a reverence for the originals, proudly worn on their sleeves like old sewn on patches. The bass chugs, the drums pound, the guitars wail and the vocals soar – all classic stuff.
It’s not just about the originators in this sonic stew though. I could hear hints of epic Soundgarden, crunchy Kyuss riffs and even some COC style southern groove.
Enough of the band comparisons. 1968 are taking their influences and weaving new landscapes, using their own talents to create something energetic and new. The band present a crushing presence on stage, performing their material with a killer confidence.
There’s even a progressive, experimental edge to some songs, with short instrumental sections lowering the volume and creating a mellower vibe. If anything, I’d like to hear more of this develop in the songs – if only to provide a psychedlic contrast before the guitars thunder in again.
Any race goers who had wandered into Telfords soon left, slain by the merciless onslaught of 1968. A superb band, I can’t wait to see them live again. They have the riffs, the power and the vision to take them far.
It’s 1968. The revolution is now.
Visit the 1968 Bandcamp page and download their awesome “Fortuna Havana” EP here.
1968 are on Facebook here.
The Telfords Warehouse website is here.