Kris Barras Band// Kris-Mas @ The Foundry – Torquay With FIREKIND & Ethyrfield // Live Review

Saturday saw a party hit Torquay when the Kris Barras Band held their Kris-Mas bash at The Foundry venue in the heart of the town.

Doors were 6 o’clock and the crowd filtered into a wonderful venue with different levels all with a great view of the stage with caging covering both sides downstairs and up.

6:30 saw Ethyrfield take to the stage. These are three young guys from Cornwall who have been really making waves this year and for all the right reasons. For three so young they are incredibly tight as a band and very assured on stage putting on a great opening performance with a selection of tracks from their debut album ‘Delirium’ and one track from their second EP ‘Taurus’.

Brothers Zach and Ben Cornish along with Dan Ashton on drums, really are the real deal and I am looking forward to watching their progress as the world really is their oyster.

Next up were Firekind, who are based in Devon, and are another band consisting of brothers. This time Jas and Dan Morris on guitar and bass respectively, and Mitch Pike on drums.

They also play a wonderful set with plenty of guitar soloing and heavy riffs throughout, bringing the perfect atmosphere for the headline band a little later on. Their set consisted of tracks that can be mostly found on their album ‘What I Have Found Is Already Lost’ (Deluxe Edition). Jas’s guitar playing is exceptional and they are a band to keep an eye on and check out if they come near you.

With two fantastic performances already, the crowd were ready and willing and up for a party when Kris Barras, Josiah J Manning, Billy Hammett and Kelpie McKenzie took to the stage. The band did not disappoint and launched into a recent radio release ‘Dead Horses’ from the upcoming new album ‘Death Valley Paradise’ released next March via Mascot. This is followed by crowd favourites including ‘Rock N Roll Running through My Veins’ and ‘Ignite’ as well as ‘Kick Me Down’ and ‘What You Get’ all from his previous albums before we are treated to another new one ‘Who Needs Enemies’.

The latest release from the band is an addictive and bangin’ track called ‘My Parade’, and this had the whole venue singing along to the chorus in unison. Listen to the track and you will see why.

A change of format now as Billy and Kelpie leave the stage and Kris and Josiah take up their acoustic guitars and stools for a short acoustic interlude. They start off with another crowd favourite in ‘Propane’ before playing a wonderful version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’. They round off the acoustic performance with another rocker from their recent album release called ‘Vegas Son’.

This was a nice change of pace to allow people to breathe and relax a little before the oncoming onslaught that was coming.

The whole band return to the stage, plugin then launch into a heavy and funky cover of ‘Goin Down’ which is just great. Next up was ‘Not Fading’ from the ‘Light It Up’ album before ‘These Voices’ which is another track from the new album. The pace drops for the most sentimental song in Kris’s set, ‘Watching Over Me’ which is just a beautiful ballad a fitting tribute to his late father.

Now as Kris says, “As It’s Christmas I guess We Had Better Play A Christmas Song”, so they launch into a wonderful version of the Slade classic ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ which goes down wonderfully with the whole crowd dancing and singing along. This continued for the last number of the main set, ‘Hail Mary’, which always invokes a crowd sing along.

A short break at the end of the set but only so they can return for an encore, but this time complete with Christmas hats. They kick off the encore with the fabulous ‘Lovers Or Losers’ before rounding of an absolutely fantastic evening with ‘Run, Run Rudolph’, which again had the crowd in full voice.

This was a wonderful way for the band to sign off for 2021 and hopefully, 2022 will be bigger and better again. A 10 out of 10 performance by a 10 out of 10 band.

Review: Harley Carter

Photography : Will Carter // Two Finger Media


Kris Barras Band Announces

New Album: Death Valley Paradise

Released: 4th March 2022

Via: Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group

Watch the video for new song “My Parade”

 + March 2022 UK Headline Tour
Tickets Here:

Tour Dates
Tickets here – Dec   “Kris-Mas” Show, The Foundry, Torquay

08 Mar   Phoenix, Exeter
09 Mar   Phoenix, Exeter
11 Mar   Tramshed, Cardiff
12 Mar   Rock City, Nottingham
13 Mar   KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
14 Mar   Marble Factory, Bristol
16 Mar   Academy 2, Manchester
17 Mar   Hangar 34, Liverpool
18 Mar   Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
19 Mar   The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
21 Mar   Boiler shop, Newcastle
22 Mar   Leadmill, Sheffield
23 Mar   The Waterfront, Norwich
25 Mar   The Brook, Southampton
26 Mar   Electric Ballroom, London

28 May   SSE Wembley Arena, London w/Thunder


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