LIVE REVIEW: Hot Rockets (supporting Reno Divorce), Trillians, Newcastle, 26th June 2019

Hot Rockets supporting Reno Divorce at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Ever since I started going to gigs I’ve made a point of getting there early to catch the support acts, and I’ve discovered lots of good bands that way.

The latest ‘find’ to add to my list are Hot Rockets, a punk-influenced three-piece from Whitby, North Yorkshire, who opened for Reno Divorce at Trillians.

Formed in mid-2017, they are getting a good reputation through steady gigging, and some decent support slots with the likes of Anti Nowhere League and The Vibrators.

Hot Rockets supporting Reno Divorce at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

They’re not a punk band per se, but they do make a glorious dirty rock ‘n’ roll racket, delivered with real conviction and no little musical proficiency.

Steve on guitar and vocals, Heath on bass and Paul on drums played a 12-song set of original material which went down well with the Wednesday night crowd.

They wear their influences on their sleeve – early Ramones, Sex Pistols, and a bit of Black Sabbath – and they wear them well.

Hot Rockets supporting Reno Divorce at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Lizard Queen – dedicated to the Royal family – is, for me, their standout song, with its sleazy vocals and Sabbath riffing.

But there’s plenty more to enjoy, such as the urgent Breakdown (no relation to the Buzzcocks song of the same name), Head Full Of Cartoons, Local, and the closing Hot Rockets.

Hot Rockets supporting Reno Divorce at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Most of these songs are on their six-track EP We Have Ignition, out now on Nunny Dave Records, and it’s well worth a fiver of anyone’s money.

Hot Rockets remind me a lot of The Glitterati, a noughties indie-rock band from Leeds, but with a punkier edge.

They’ve got some more high-profile support slots coming up with the likes of The Lurkers and 999, and if you see them on a bill they’re well worth turning up early for.

Gary Welford
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