CRUEL KINGDOM @ BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL SUPPORTING ALEXANDER O’NEAL 19/12/2015
It was back in the summer I first watched CRUEL KINGDOM play live, they where the opening band to play on the BlastBeats stage at this years Blackthorn Festival.
5 months later the band are opening for soul legend ALEXANDER O’NEAL on his sell out 4 date ‘30 YEARS OF SOUL’ Shows.
Here is a little info on the band.
Sam Capper – Vocals & Keys
Henry Beach – Vocals & Guitars
Jack Kennedy – Drums/Percussion
Photos by kind permission of Trust A Fox
The lads invited me over to review one of the dates on the tour, now after seeing them just over 5 months ago at Blackthorn and being instantly impressed with their music I had no choice but to accept their kind offer.
Birmingham Town Hall is a large and imposing building in the centre of the city. Once in side the grandeur is even more impressive.
CRUEL KINGDOM took to the stage at 8pm and instantly kicked off a great 30min set of 6 of the bands own songs and a great re-worked cover of BILLIE JEAN
Not Just Killing Yourself
Owned By The Devil
All three of the lads seemed right at home on the stage showing no signs of nervousness and were fully relaxed throughout the set. They had a great rapport with the audience and thanked everyone for coming down and watching their set. Their biggest thanks was saved for Alexander O’Neal for inviting them to support him on the tour, they joked that they are not used to playing to so many people and normally only play to around 35!
The song writing and musical talent of these three lads is second to none, all three are very accomplished musicians. I particularly like that singing duties are shared between Sam and Henry, which adds that little something special to the whole make up of the band.
From all the reports of all four nights the band have gained an army of new fans. It is also great to see big name artists giving young and unsigned bands the opportunity to play on the big stage.
Definitely a band with a great future, and ones to keep a very close eye on.