Gig Reviews

Syteria – Bannermans – Edinburgh – 23rd June 2017

Written by John Deaux

Tonights a special night for Syteria. On their way to the Wildfire festival, they make a quick pitstop in Edinburgh for a warm up show.

Syteria are the brain child of Jax Chambers (who some will recognize who has been a  mainstay of the legendary band Girlschool since ’95) & she’s found 3 amazing musicians in Keira Kenworth (bass) Julia Vocal (vocals) & Pablo Calvo (drums).

Photo courtesy of Pidge Smiley

Hitting the stage at 8:35pm & kicking off with the immense I’m All Woman from their current release Rant-O-Bot, showed just how tight the band truly is . Proving that girls can still rock as hard, if not harder than the boys.

The siren like harmonies from Jax, Keira & Julia are tremendous & the addition of Pablo providing the male element just gives them that little bit extra.

There was no let up in the set at all. which was stupendously good as there’s no let up from the album either.

As a massive fan of The Ramones, Rockaway Beach was a bit of a surprise in the set. I can honestly say that I have never seen the bass-line finger-picked before as the way Dee Dee (Ramones Bassist) & every bass player I have seen cover the track it’s always down stroke picked. This just shows how talented Keira is as a bass player.

Photo courtesy of Pidge Smiley

The call & response section of Hypocrite & the appearance of Julia in the horde was just brilliant & she knows how to work the spectators.

Photo Courtesy of Pidge Smiley

There was no let up in the set at all which was awesome as there’s no let up on the album either. Every track sounds explosive live & this is where they truly shine.

New World Order closed the set as brutal as they opened & on a complete high.

Although Syteria were formed back in 2015 the band have only been active for a little over a year, although you couldn’t tell by tonight’s performance.

Admittedly there were a couple of technical difficulties onstage but that didn’t detract from the smiles these guys have on stage. It’s blatantly obvious that Syteria live to play in front of an audience & relish it.

If this performance was anything to go by, their appearances at Wildfire & then Manchester the following day (making it 3 gigs in 3 days) the crowds would’ve been in for an absolute treat.

If you haven’t seen Syteria before, they’re a band worth seeing.This was just a warm up show, gawd know what this November’s Hard Rock Hell show will bring. Bring it on

Check out Syteria Here & purchase their CDs etc HERE

About the author

John Deaux

Some say Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy! is a biographical movie based on John

Some have even said that his favourite artist is Chesney Hawke

All we know is he is the ultimate bargain hunter & his skin, a hazy shade of winter