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Inglorious with Special Guests Wayward Sons


Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd

30 September 2017

​High profile rock stars keep telling the worlds press that 'rock is dead' and 'nobody wants to play the guitar anymore'. Anyone who was in a small Welsh town on a rainy Saturday in September would be able to tell you they are wrong. 

These two bands last came to Wales in July where they both played to the Steelhouse crowd. The weather was damp and dismal that weekend, but on neither occasion did the weather put people off. Wayward Sons took to the stage and wowed the crowd. Toby Jepson (ex-Little Angels) is a superb front man with expressive vocals and the whole band obviously love what they are doing, and they do it so well. With audience engagement they gained many new fans. They entertain the audience and seem humbled by the number of people who were singing along, despite the album only being released a couple of weeks ago. With a set lasting 45 minutes, the appreciative crowd got their moneys worth with superb stage presence and fantastic musicianship. It was hard to remember that they were the support act! They are worthy of headline slots and with their extensive experience, they will be sure fire crowd pullers in the tour they have planned for early 2018. 

Wayward Sons
Toby Jepson - Vocals/Guitar
Nic Wastell - Bass
Phil Martini - Drums 
Sam Wood - Guitar
Dave Kemp - Keyboards


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After the usual stage change, Inglorious received the welcome they deserved from the packed venue as the ‘Grandstand’ theme music announced their entrance. Nathan James has a voice with such a huge range and a talent for writing songs that complement it. The rest of the band supporting him in a beautifully polished performance. They played a range of songs from their debut and second album and thrown into the mix is a duet from ‘one of the best rhythm sections in the business’ - Phil Beaver on drums and Colin Parkinson on Bass. They are so in tune with each other it was a brilliant interlude. These days, it is not uncommon for bands to dedicate a song within their set to rock stars we have lost along the way. Tonight was no exception, with Nathan and Drew gave an emotional and spine tingling rendition of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ in tribute to Chris Cornell and  Linkin Parks ‘Numb’ in tribute to Chester Bennington. With the set coming to a close with High Class Woman, it was clear that the audience had not had enough. The refurbished church shook to its foundations as feet were stamped to cries of ‘one more song’.  That they would be called for an encore was never in doubt. As Andreas plucked out the catchy and familiar riff of Holy Water, Nathan again wowed the crowd by taking his mike out into the crowd, much to the absolute delight of those nearby. With the closing chords of ‘Until I Die’ Inglorious left the stage, while the audience stopped to gather themselves.

This has to go down as one of the best gigs that GigPigs have been to. Both bands gave a magnificent performance and set the bar for the rest of the tour.

Inglorious
Nathan James - Frontman
Andreas Eriksson - Lead Guitarist
Drew Lowe - Guitarist
Colin Parkinson - Bassist
Phil Beaver - Drummer

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