Fuel, is a dedicated rock and metal bar tucked away in one of Cardiff’s side streets, but where it might lack in size, it definitely makes up for in atmosphere and tonight, the back room plays host to three talented, up and coming bands who play for nothing more than the love of playing itself. It’s also only £3 to get in too and, believe me when I say that calling that a bargain in an understatement.
First up are a local 3-piece by the name of LOADED JONES, who soon get the night under way with some fine, up-beat rock ‘n’ roll swagger. Joe Spooner puts on a confident display as vocalist/guitarist, some tight playing all round, however the microphone quality hinders them somewhat, being slightly muffled throughout, mind you, it didn't stop them absolutely owning a cover of “Two Tribes” by FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD.
Next up are another local band by the name of SPYGLASS, who despite not being as lively as tonight’s opening act, still command your attention with tracks like “Thicker Than Blood” and “Good Mistakes”. They’re style is rooted in grunge with a slight modern twist and it’s safe to say the 4-piece won’t stay unsigned for long.
Finally then, it’s time for tonight’s headline band. Having spent the day on the road travelling up from London, DRIVEN are hungry to jump on that live stage and flex their musical muscles, and boy do they. With older tracks from their début EP such as “Uproar” and “The Fool” still sounding fresh and fierce, added to the new tracks from their up-coming début album, Driven have the crowd in the palm of their hand, at one point even starting a heavy metal conga line! A few more Mic. Issues this time for front man Adam Leader mean it’s not quite perfect, but it doesn't matter one bit. Fuel may not be a petrol station, but Driven pulled in and filled up on new fans instead, and I'm sure you can agree that this album can’t come soon enough. Buckle up, because these guys are going to floor it.
Loaded Jones - https://www.facebook.com/loadedjones
Spyglass - https://www.facebook.com/Spyglass.Cardiff
Driven - https://www.facebook.com/drivenuk