Gig Review

Rival State, Vigil
Bristol, Fleece
20th April 2014

                      Rival State                     Vigil

Photo Of Vigil © Copyright TriggerTonight I headed down to the Fleece in Bristol to see the mighty Toseland live for the third time and this time was a slight special occasion as the tour coincided with the release of their new 3 track EP ‘Heart And Bones’ and also happened to be one of the last shows of a lengthy tour which saw them play pretty much all over the country.

We got into the venue as the first support band The Vigil took to the stage a band who are from Bristol and formed back in 2011 with a love for Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and all things grunge but sadly the band failed to make an impact tonight they looked extremely stale on stage and the Photo Of Vigil © Copyright Triggersound levels were all over the place with everything bleeding into one big mess, on the plus side though drummer Nic Appelgren was energetic throughout and made his mark and most eyes were on him throughout the bands set, front man Olly Smith also had a bit of charm about him and proved to be energetic through the set but sadly bassist Dom Mehigan and guitarist Nick Romer looked stale on stage and lacked any excitement and interaction with the crowd, at points there were some good riffs but they were shortly lived.

Photo Of Rivil State © Copyright TriggerThe main support band tonight were grunge-rockers with a punk rock edge Rival State and they were fantastic and unleashed pure energy from the moment they stepped on stage right until the second they left the stage and it seemed that they brought some hardcore fans with them tonight as there were a select few members of the audience who were loving every minute bopping along and spilling their beer in the excitement.

Photo Of Vigil © Copyright TriggerThe band managed to fit in the majority of songs from their debut ‘Youth Tax’ EP plus a couple of other songs and their set consisted of ‘Sisters Of Fate’, ‘ Aces, ‘FourLeafClover’, ‘Modern Living’, ‘Gutter Mouth’, ‘Keep Sake’ and set closer ‘Sleep Talker’ and left the stage truly warming the crowd up for the headliners Toseland.

Toseland were up next and his backing band of Zurab Melua, Ed Bramford. Roger Davis and new drummer Joe Yoshida took to the stage straight away for a massive jamming session which went on for a good couple of minutes before James Photo Of Toseland © Copyright TriggerToseland energetically stormed the stage to loud screams and cheers from his fans and blasted straight into the racing bike themed ‘Crash Landing’. Which was quickly followed up by the catchy ‘Comin’ To get Ya’ and ‘Life Is Beautiful’.

Now tonight was the third time for me seeing Toseland on the live circuit and I have to say that they have come on leaps and bounds since I first saw them back in 2013 when they were supporting Reef, tonight the whole band gelled and stood out on their own for various different reasons including new drummer Joe Yoshida with put on an amazing Photo Of Toseland © Copyright Triggershow even though he hasn’t been with the band for long., whilst James Toseland himself came across more confident than ever not that he has ever lacked confidence as let’s face it the man is a massive success in whatever he lays his hands on.

As the set progressed Toseland played most of their debut album ‘Renegade’ with the likes of ‘Emergency’, ‘Burning The System’ and ‘Singe In A Band’ going down a storm and not to forget ‘Reward’, ‘The Closer I Get’ and ‘Hearts And Bones’ taken from their fantastic new three track ‘Hearts And Bones’ EP, the keyboard also came down as Toseland got serious and rocked out to the beautifully keyboard driven ‘Kingdoms’ and ‘Just No Way’.

Photo Of Toseland © Copyright TriggerAfter a short break Toseland returned for a song encore with the show coming to an end with ‘Renegade’ the single which pretty much started it all for Toseland and tonight the rendition was special as the song got split up a bit so Toseland could take time to introduce and thank each and every one of his band members individually and it was a moment the fans loved as they clearly appreciate the talent in the whole band.

Before leaving the stage James Toseland announced that they have signed a worldwide Photo Of Toseland © Copyright Triggerrecord deal and thanked his fans for making it possible and announced that their debut album ‘Renegade’ will be released in mainland Europe and America this summer which left a very sweaty set of Toseland fans leaving the Fleece on a Monday night on a high knowing that one of their favourite artists are finally getting the recognition they truly deserve.

I have no idea when album number 2 is going to drop but After the show that Toseland put on tonight and the three top notch songs they have recently released on their stop gap ‘Heart And Bones’ EP it is safe to say it is going to be well hyped when details are announced.

Vigil 1/5
Rival State 3/5
Toseland 5/5

Review By Trigger


James Toseland
Zurab Melua
Ed Bramford
Roger Davis
Joe Yoshida

 Rival State


 The Vigil

Olly Smith
Dom Mehigan
Nick Romer
Nic Appelgren

 Band Related Links
Toseland Facebook
Rival State Facebook
The Vigil Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?