Detroit party animals Wilson play their debut show in Newcastle, following a successful European tour with Halestorm.
The Michigan-based five-piece are currently on the road in support of their sophomore album Right To Rise. A lot of those in attendance saw the band opening for Halestorm last year, some of which had travelled significant distances to be here tonight.
Wilson’s enthusiastic front man Chad Nicefield commands the audience and has them eating out of the palm of his hand in no time at all. The fans sing along with their fists pumping in the air. Wilson encapsulates the balls to the wall rock attitude, they put their heart and soul into the show. You can see they have a hunger about them, they know where they are going and they seem to be having a lot of fun trying to get there.
Anthemic numbers like “Windows Down” and “Give Em’ Hell” for which the band recently released a new video, stand out in their set. While “Crave” has those almost White Zombie-esque “Thunderkiss ’65” style rolling riffs. The band include a cover of Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog” in an attempt at connecting with the British audience, who Nicefield sites as one of their favourite bands. It most certainly works, with the crowd hanging on every word.
Although the majority of Wilson’s set centres around their latest offering, there is still room for a couple of tracks from their debut album Full Blast Fuckery including “College Gangbang” and the ferocious set closer “Susan Jane.” James Lascu leading into the song with the bass intro to Metallica’s “For WhomThe Bell Tolls,” guitarist Jason Spencer delivers a tasty solo, whilst Nicefield takes the opportunity to get up close and personal with the fans as he marches through the crowd playing his kick drum.
Wilson will be one of the breakout bands of 2016, one to watch for sure. The next time we get to see them on UK shores they will inevitably beÂ playing larger venues, catch them whilst you can.