Gig Review // Hed PE, Conveyer, Black Orchid Empire & Local Supports

Hed PE, Conveyer, Black Orchid Empire & Local Supports at The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe on Monday 22nd January 2018.

In September of 2017, The Lincoln Imp hosted Scunthorpe’s largest ever metal night, featuring bands from five different countries.

Headlining that night was American Head Charge from the USA.

American Head Charge drummer Jeremiah “Trauma” Stratton, enjoyed the event so much that he promised he would try and bring his other band to Scunthorpe in the new year, with that band being Hed PE.

This was something I had been looking forward to for a long time and the wait was worth it.

As I arrived at the venue, the first thing I noticed was that there was no huge tour bus outside the Imp, like there was at the American Head Charge gig.

This was a much smaller tour but bigger always doesn’t mean better.

Once I got into the venue I was immediately greeted by Jeremiah, who despite hobbling around with some kind of leg injury, insisted on walking over to see how I was.

Jeremiah has always gone out of his way to help Scunthorpe Nights and The Lincoln Imp and is a genuinely nice guy with no ego, so if you ever get the chance to meet him, go have a quick chat with him as you won’t regret it.

The event itself featured five acts of various music types and quality.

First up were local punk band One Chapter Down who I have seen several times, but were playing a different set than normal, including a new song.

These guys continue to improve and have plans to go out and tour more later in the year.

One Chapter Down will be performing as part of the rap, hip hop and alternative music night at the Lincoln Imp on Monday 29th January, supporting Junior at The Lincoln Imp on Saturday 10th February and at the WrestleRock 2 show at Central Community Centre on Saturday 10th March.

Next up was One Under, who are a Scunthorpe based Rock and Metal band, which I have seen perform several times.

Unfortunately, every time I have seen them, whilst the instrument playing seems fine, I have really struggled to enjoy the band due to the poor vocals of the lead singer.There are times where the vocals are drowned out by the instruments. They just aren’t a band for me really.

If you want to check them out for yourself and make up your own opinion, they are performing in the first heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses event at Café Indiependent on Saturday 17th February and appear at WrestleRock 2 show at Central Community Centre on Saturday 10th March.

The third act of the night was Black Orchid Empire, who are a rock band from London, who I had not heard of before the announcement of this event.

These guys claim to play music that fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones and Royal Blood will enjoy, and they put on an entertaining set that left me wanting to check them out some more.

Conveyer from the USA were up next, with their set consisting of alternative and punk music, which had the crowd going wild.

These guys were another new band to me and are worth checking out if you like that type of music.

The headline act of Hed PE was next, who were from the USA, with their set being my personal favourite of the night.

A strange, but somehow it works, mix of styles consisting of rock, punk, rasta and soul which is much more enjoyable than I made it sound.

Hed PE were a band I knew of and had listened to before but were a much better experience live.

I got to speak to Jeremiah after the gig and he said he plans on trying to return with one of his bands later in the year.

As a man of his word, I know he will do his best to try and return, just like he promised to bring Hed PE.

Which band would I prefer?

Both American Head Charge and Hed PE are great bands in their own genre, so whoever we get, I look forward to it.

I had a great night, enjoying four out of the five bands, with this being a great way to kick off 2018.

The Lincoln Imp has many more great bands and musicians booked for future events, so check out their Facebook page and the Facebook pages of all the bands that performed by clicking the links below:

The Lincoln Imp

One Chapter Down

One Under

Black Orchid Empire

Conveyer

Hed PE

Review courtesy of Steven Potter

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