To say the opening thirty minutes of mearfest's 1979 Revisited was a bit brutal, would be an understatement, I was fighting Amélie for her baby pink kids ear defenders.
With less than two weeks to go till kick off, I had to source equipment local to the venue urgently
We needed Guitar cabs and larger than average drums for the mighty Thunderstick.
Way back not so long ago, I used to rehearse at SAFFRON STUDIOS in High Wycombe with my band Trinity so I gave my old mate Dave a call. Turns out he could source the drums, but needed to ask resident band D.O.H for two of the cabs. They willing supplied them but with only one gig under their belt, could I squeeze them on first?
I've always been wary of band logos I can't read, what with guttural vocals and metalcore this is not my thing by a long way, however I took a risk as I sometimes do.
Enter Denial of Humanity (D.O.H) a local High Wycombe band, with an international line up from Portugal, Poland and England. Before their slot, Daniel the lead singer was so very polite and asked Claire if she had any problems with him using the odd swear word in his set? He was at the time in the childrens nursery GREEN room where Amélie was happily playing with aunty Carol Lyon and a million toys, that did not belong to her. Claire said that even though she was only two, and she won't be in the main room because of the noise, but there are other kids around......
MY GOD!!!!! They were ferocious to the point of complete madness......
Daniel Soares tore the roof off the bunting clad village hall, as he emitted noises that I've never heard a human make in 33 years of being a Paramedic or within music, we did not have to worry about swear words as I could not understand a word of it, but what an unusual and talented front man he is.
Darrel and Adam were brilliant guitarists, as was Patrick on base and the brilliant Toby on the skins.
It was louder than hell and John Thomas Bell twiddled his knobs faster than Billy whizz on speed.
There were looks of amazement and in some cases fear on the audience, all searching in vain for any ear plugs.
Well we do things a little differently here at Mearfest and one things for sure it was very different, but so worth having them open the show!
Afterwards the lads metamorphisised into the nicest bunch you could ever meet.
They brought their families and children down to share the entire day with us all
They couldn't have shown greater respect or humility and the speeches off stage by Danny were fantastic
I really loved them and they did exactly what I expect bands to do at Mearfest
Honour our stillborn daughter Molly and bring something to the table
Denial of Humanity we salute you all !
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