Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons + King Creature + Departed: Deaf Forever (or at least for the rest of the week!)
by: Max Styles
After having to cancel their last gig down in the Southwest, Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons made a highly-anticipated return; Motörhead fans from Devon and Cornwall surrounding Livewire Youth Music in a sea of denim and black. There was a real friendly atmosphere around the whole place.
First up were local band Departed, who did a great job of kicking off the night. Departed are definitely a band to watch out for! Featuring Ben Brookland, the former lead guitarist from The Treatment, and Mark Pascall, lead singer for Empire of Fools, they certainly have the experience and know-how when it comes to rock and roll.
Next up were King Creature, locally loved hard rock band from Cornwall. They have a strong local fan base and it’s not hard to understand why; they’re a thick wall of sonic noise. Pure rock and roll. The venue was packed for their set. Although they were already well-known before, they gained a lot of fans and exposure after filling the support slot for Motörhead at the 2015 Eden Sessions, at what turned out to be Motörhead’s last UK show.
There’s a mix of influences you can hear in King Creature’s sound; Dave Evans’ Slash-esque solos, Matt Vincent’s Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) feel, and frontman Dave Kellaway’s Pantera-style bass grooves. Their new single “Down In Flames” is available on vinyl at any of their shows and on their website, or you can buy the digital single from their website.
Phil Campbell has a real passion for music, having played in Motörhead since 1984; he’s gone on to form Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons, playing shows at smaller, intimate venues, as well as festivals such as Bloodstock and Wacken.
The band consists of Phil, his 3 sons, and the singer Neil (who has a bloody fantastic voice). Phil’s sons, Dane, Tyler and Todd are all in bands of their own; Dane and Todd are in Straight Lines, and Tyler is in The People The Poet. They kicked off their set with “Big Mouth,” an original song, and followed it straight away with a Motörhead cover of “Deaf Forever,” a crowd favourite of the night. The setlist was a mix of Motörhead, Black Sabbath (Phil’s favourite Sabbath song, “Sweet Leaf”), ZZ Top and a David Bowie cover. The David Bowie cover of “Heroes” was a touching tribute to lost friends, the recent unfortunate passing of Lemmy on everyone’s minds.
The final song, introduced by Phil as “one for the hippies out there”, was “Silver Machine” by Hawkwind, and was a perfect end to the show. Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons are a hell of a lot more than just Motörhead covers- get out and see them!
Nothing Up My Sleeve
Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath)
Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top)
Born To Raise Hell
Heroes (David Bowie cover)
Ace of Spades
Killed By Death
Silver Machine (Hawkwind)