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Broadbridge Heath Extra Time Bar, Horsham - 16/02/2001

West Sussex County Times - 23/02/2001
(photos courtsey of Kara Sayers - Did the camera break for The Indigo Sunrise?!)

"A capacity crowd gathered at The Extra Time Bar on Friday for the album launch party of local alternative Rock band The Indigo Sunrise. Over 170 frenzied local music fans attended the HDLMA sponsored event, which also featured the live debut of Guns N' Roses covers outfit Dust N' Bones, and a special guest appearance by Wide Load.

Dust N' Bones got the evening off to a flying start, and opening number Nighttrain kicked the dancefloor to life instantly - surely a record for a band appearing at the early hour of 8pm! "Axl Rose" & co strutted their stuff to great applause and laughter with a 45 minute set built mainly from Guns N' Roses classic album Appetite For Destruction. "Slash's" brilliant guitar pyrotechnics on 'Sweetchild O'Mine', combined with some hilarious ad-libs from Axl were the highlight of their performance, most notably when Mr Rose dived into the mosh pit to apprehend a heckler! As yet, Dust N' Bones have no plans to play live again, but after this excellent debut it can surely only be a matter of time before another appearance is arranged.

Wide Load had a tough act to follow, but rose to the challenge with the guts and professionalism you'd expect from Horsham's Battle Of The Bands winners. Despite last minute personnel changes, sore throats and a broken microphone stand, the band went on to put in a great show and add to their growing fan base. A cover of the Eurythmics classic 'Sweet Dreams', featuring some splendid vocal harmonies, brought their biggest cheer of the evening. Wide Load are a young band with a bright future.

In true Rock N' Roll style, The Indigo Sunrise kept the crowd waiting until 10:20pm before leaping enthusiastically into action. The band's approach of catchy choruses and loud guitars seems to be attracting a growing number of supporters in the local area (the number of people singing along to opening tune GSMTV being a case in point). A rocked up version of Gary Numan's 'Cars' really pushed the atmosphere up to boiling point, where it stayed for the rest of the evening. Encore tune Ziggy Stardust saw a mini stage invasion, which left singer P climbing onto guitarist Woody's back to avoid the crush and, despite the crowd's cries for more, the evening came to an end here.