By Andras Paul, Rock At Night London Correspondent
Venue: Old Blue Last, London–July 13, 2016
London band MassMatiks is hitting the scene as support for Don Broco’s Priorities/Automatic tour, which consists of 20 dates in 10 cities across the UK. Rock At Night became very interested in MassMatiks after viewing the video “4 AM”, which is their second single and was released on June 17, 2016. They were recently considered a Rock At Night “Band Under the Radar“. Lead singer George Peploe and UK mixed martial arts champion sings a hard-hitting, brutally honest song about an ex-girlfriend drunk-dialing and bragging about her new boyfriend. It’s fresh and brilliant!
Rock At Night caught up with MassMatiks as they headlined at London’s Old Blue Last on July 13, 2016. When RAN arrived at the Old Blue Last, pub noise and indistinct chattery filled the air upstairs at the venue. The smallest-scaled ever stage was filled with soulful bandsmen tuning up their equipment.
Suddenly a guy in red vest—lead singer George Peploe-jumped on the performance stage. Bang! Next followed an earthquake bass as Massmatiks hit the trail–and it looked like nothing could stop them from playing. Out of nowhere, the tiny room quickly filled with ecstatic fans covering every view (including mine with a shaky camera in hand). The band, which was operating in a rough and harsh environment, developed continuity between the bandsmen, melding into one single rock band instrument.
The music flowed naturally. I could not help but notice the reflective lyrics, delivered with magnetism and the high energy, which added to the down to earth feel. It was an honest performance—raw and real.
These guys, as they left the stage, easily mingled in the crowd, but while on stage provided a hardly forgettable performance, which I’d call simply impressive. It felt as if they wanted to say something with their music in the clearest most emphatic way possible—and they did. MassMatiks delivered.
Members: George Peploe, Joe Turner ,Martin Linch, and Josh Stagg; Genre: In-Your-Face Indie/Alternative; Home Town: South East London
13/07 – London, Old Blue Last
(supporting Don Broco)
24/07 – Manchester, Gorilla (SOLD-OUT)
25/07 – Manchester, Gorilla (SOLD-OUT)
26/07 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
27/07 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
28/07 – Newcastle, Riverside
29/07 – Newcastle, Riverside
31/07 – Birmingham, Institute
01/08 – Birmingham, Institute
03/08 – Leeds, Key Club (SOLD-OUT)
04/08 – Leeds, Key Club (SOLD-OUT)
05/08 – Bedford, Esquires (SOLD-OUT)
06/08 – Bedford, Esquires (SOLD-OUT)
08/08 – London, Islington Academy (SOLD-OUT)
09/08 – London, Islington Academy (SOLD-OUT)
10/08 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
11/08 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
13/08 – Norwich, Open
14/08 – Norwich, Open
15/08 – Bristol, Marble Factory
16/08 – Bristol, Marble Factory
Andras Paul came from a traditional art background back in Hungary. He studied drawing, painting and animation and later began his interest in photography using and old Zenit film camera.
Concert photography started out as a hobby but when he began feeling discouraged with his creative projects, grabbing a camera and approaching a gig was the only thing which made him completely relaxed and confident.
Andras approaches photography as a kind of meditation. While attending a gig he is able to lock out all the disturbing noises of the world, making himself completely relaxed, and escape into another world. Has no favorite band however favors listening to AC/DC nowadays.
Andras loves photography and Is open to any kind of gig with decent music-- let it be a big concert or the smallest darkest pub on earth.
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