Had Lenny Kravitz not sold his soul for commercial gain he might just have been a match for the imperious Conny Bloom. Then again, had the charismatic leader of the Electric Boys enjoyed sustained chart success, rather than critical acclaim and cult status, he could be lounging on a beach in the Bahamas or managing an organic farm in Brazil (Lenny, it seems, does both).
But who is the happier?
Watching the colourful Bloom lead a small but perfectly formed crowd through a career-spanning set, it was impossible to believe that the Swedish frontman would rather be anywhere else than trawling the clubs of Britain in support of his band’s latest crowd-funded album.
And so to local heroes Edenthorn and an early shift inside the Tank. Frontman Kyle Michael Tague captured the imagination from the get-go and the band’s on-trend fusion of 90s alt rock and modern metal continues to evolve. A permanent fixture on the North East scene, discovering a wider audience is the biggest challenge facing the hugely talented homegrown heroes.