The Cave @ The Holly Tree, Addlestone
Finally got round to watching a Never The Agreed gig. After hearing good things I wasn’t disapppinted!! These guys are great in every way. Great set, very interactive and entertaining in every sense. Unlike other cover bands they take on some pretty challenging numbers and deliver brilliantly. Hallowed Be Thy Name was a personal favourite for last nights gig at The Cave.
If you’re into your rock music, I thoroughly recommend going to see these guys. Awesome ??James Edwards, Sunday 4 August 2019
Thank you James. Glad you had a good night. See you again soon.
First time of seeing this band and they did not disappoint they put their all into it even with their new lead guitarist who after a quick word in his ear turned his guitar up another 5% and then the sound was spot on! They did 2 of their own songs in the first half ending with the second which I felt was very Lynyrd Skynyrd-ish and built up to some amazing guitar solos. But second half was even better with Rock'n'Roll, Fight for your Right, Teen Spirit, a song about water with smoke on it that I'd never heard before, War Pigs, Crazy Train, Foxy Lady, a fabulous version of Thunderstruck which I know is a hard song to sing but he pulled it off, a brilliant medley that included Breath, Song 2 and Stairway amongst others.....but they left the best to last to encore with Ace of Spades dedicated to me (must have been something to do with my Motorhead 30th Birthday Party T-shirt) Bear'n'cesities (Yes from Jungle Book) and Whole Lotta Rosie.
Both of us really enjoyed the evening and we will be back.......oh and an excellent choice of cider at The Cave :-)Sunday 17 December 2017
Thank you very much! Look forward to seeing you again soon!
A great night again. You think it cant get better but it does. Two new covers added, Purple Rain and Fight for your right. Well performed and received by the audience. Rock on lads, cant wait for more.
JEFF AMERYSunday 24 January 2016
Thank you Jeff, your support is always appreciated.
OMG!... Afterburner never let you down as once again a spectacular performance was had at The Holly Tree in Addlestone last night. People were warned up in the second part of the set so much that headbanging and jumping around mosh style was being enjoyed. It was an awesome sight as I enjoy live music and plus I love seeing people enjoy good music. Afterburner work hard at their sets and are amazing and very talented people in their own way. You rock Afterburner! Keep up the good work :D
Brigitte WestSunday 13 September 2015
Thank you again, we're glad you like us and your support is much appreciated.
This was the first time I've seen Afterburner play a gig and was pretty impressed with them. They've obviously brought experience with them from other bands or projects and have also put in quite a few hours of practice. The result of this was a crowd-pleasing and well-honed repertoire of excellently performed covers.
There are few bands of real quality plying their trade on the pub circuit covering 'classic rock' numbers and it's fair, but disappointing to say, I've been to see some pretty dire bands that had good write ups. However, these guys are easily one of the best on the local circuit that I've seen and will obviously get repeat bookings as their popularity grows and word gets around.
One often finds bands play too loud for the venue size or play self-indulgent, unnecessarily lengthy guitar solos or take themselves too seriously. Refreshingly, Afterburner are not guilty of any of these. Throughout the evening's performance the band were clearly enjoying themselves, which eventually rubbed off on the regular crowd at The Holly Tree. It was also obvious that there were quite a few there who had come down for the night to see the band.
The songs performed in first set had a good blend of tempo and power and were well structured and flowing, without a full on attack on the senses. I'm an Iron Maiden fan and their rendition of "The Trooper" was delivered with both precision and passion. Each member played their parts really well. I know this song like the back of my hand and I can really say they hardly put a plectrum or drumstick wrong: the lead vocalist is without doubt one of the better front-men that you will hear, possessing a wide and powerful vocal range, while the lead and rhythm guitarists really nailed the repeating link between verses with the drummer and bass playing tightly together.
A different but well-worked version of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" was another popular song with the crowd along with covers of Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Queen, Radiohead and Velvet Revolver. It was pleasing to see that the band knew how to entertain and focused on putting on a really good show and encouraged audience participation with just a little bit of playful cheesiness.
The second set started off with the crowd ready for more. As soon as the lead guitarist started playing the intro of "Sweet Child o' Mine" there was quite a surge of people to the front. The band played through the song confidently, true to the original and it was very well received. More songs from Iron Maiden and AC/DC kept the pub buzzing.
The band's PA system was a simple affair but it was really effective and setup well to give a balanced sound. The Holly Tree itself was a little on the small side, but the bar prices we thought were OK.
So to end, what do Afterburner deliver? A carefully thought out collection of well-known songs confidently delivered with some excellent musicianship: not too heavy and not too loud with a couple of the songs being twists on the originals. Above all this was a great night's entertainment and the band are certainly worth checking out.
ColinSunday 14 June 2015
We thank you, very much, for this wonderful review, more so, that you have taken the time to write such a detailed one.
We're all very touched by your kind words.
All the the best.