See the light over Blackout; Also playing: The Blackout.
GOING TO THE GIG? Then go to www.gazettelive.co.uk/whatson and give us your review IN such a thriving rock scene, it could be easy to lump THE BLACKOUT in as just another group set to follow in the footsteps of many other British groups.
However, this Merthyr Tydfil six-piece are stepping out of the mould and giving even the most successful rock acts a run for their money. Sean Smith and Gavin Butler on vocals, Mathew Davies and James Davies on guitar, Rhys Lewis on bass and Gareth Lawrence on drums are currently two albums to the good.
The Best In Town, their last effort released last year, was forged by time on the road with the likes of Lostprophets, Linkin Park, NERD, Gallows and Glassjaw. They have not only done huge shows in Japan, Europe and the USA, but also numerous sold-out headline tours and a storming opening slot on the main stage at the Reading/Leeds festival in 2008.
The influences led the sextet to egg each other on to make a blistering and tuneful record.
"There's huge choruses on there," says frontman Sean. "There are huge hooks. Basically, we were told to write the best ten songs we could and I think we've definitely done that."
Their new as yet untitled album is due out in February or March. Track titles such as Burning Crow and Whatever You Hear, Don't Scream have been bandied about but everything is still up in the air.
The only way to find out any more is to head down to the Empire in Middlesbrough to listen for yourself -as long as you're aged 14+.
THE BLACKOUT: Empire, Middlesbrough Tonight. Entry: pounds 12.50
THE BLACKOUT: The Merthyr Tydfil six-piece are heading our way