at The Think Tank, Newcastle, U.K., October 5, 2015

THE BITERS (Live at The Think Tank, Newcastle, U.K., October 5, 2015)
Photo: Mick Burgess

They say that if you play Mozart or Beethoven during a pregnancy then this can have a great cultural effect on a child as they develop at an early age. Having parents blasting out a cocktail of KISS, Sweet, Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy in their formative years may well have been responsible for the birth of The Biters.

Energetic songs with big riffs and even bigger choruses recalled the glory days of the ’70s and with a slab of pure Pop Rock genius in the form of 1975, they had their very own homage to that glorious decade.

Lead singer Tuk was no shrinking violet. Decked in leather with a haircut to put Noel Fielding to shame, he looked every inch the preening Rock star with the patter of Dave Lee Roth while guitarist Matt Gabs spat out some wicked riffs and solos straight from the Ace Frehley songbook.

There’s something quite thrilling about seeing a band at the start of what will undoubtedly be a meteoric rise. The enthusiasm and excitement they have on their first headlining UK tour was so infectious and rubbed off on an equally jubilant crowd. It’s all new and there’s no sign of the mid-career fatigue that plagues so many bands as their dreams head into dust.

The Biters are on an upward trajectory and enjoying every minute of it.
With only one album and a couple of EPs to their name their set was short and ever so sweet. Hallucination Generation and Hang Around come and go in a flash with a powder keg of explosive melodies and fist pumping Ramones meets T-Rex fuelled Rock’n’Roll.

Music has become stale and formulaic over recent years with a production line of dull, anodyne boy bands and sterile R&B acts. New York legends, The Dictators sang “Who Will Save Rock’n’Roll” from this very stage a couple of months ago. The answer was right here. The fightback has begun and The Biters are leading the charge.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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