The Brickyard Carlisle
7 February 2020
The Brink arrive as the penultimate band of day one of this seasoned Cumbrian festival. With fewer bands and extended set times this Yorkshire/Cambridgeshire based outfit benefit, since the last time I saw them they have their debut album “Nowhere to Run” out and they fully exploit this by playing no less than 12 of the 14 tracks released.
Opening with “Little Janie” from said album you might think they have played their ace card a little too early but that’s the strength in the material on this release, there is more than enough to explore to allow for a well-paced show. In fact there is something for everybody here, a packed Brickyard is appreciative as ever and from the ballsy 80’s power ballad “Save Goodbye” to the sleazy swagger of “One Night Only” and American pop punk influenced “Are You With Me” they tick all the boxes.
Frontman Tom Quick is a natural at leading his troops, impressive to say the least with a great set of pipes to compliment his stage presence. “Don’t Count Me Out” closes the set to great reaction from the assembled throng and a band who looked like a competent outfit last time out have made the move to future headliners. If anthemic, authentic and honest rock is what makes you tick then you’ll not go far wrong by checking out The Brink, they bring all the best elements together, in only a short time they have made ripples across the live scene and I for one look look forward to seeing what comes next.
Rockfiend Publications Scotland
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