Mr Kyps, Poole


Sansara are at the end of a self funded 9 date tour of the UK and tonight they roll in for a headlining homecoming show at Mr. Kyps. A venue they have played many times before and has always supported them well throughout their so far short career.

The band recently has gone through a new transition after guitarist Chris Holmes decided to leave the band, after auditions for a new guitarist did not produce the right person, they have decided to carry on as a four piece.

Tonight the sound is in the very capable hands of ever smiling Percy from Pulse Pa Hire so as usual we can expect things to sound great. There are two local supports and just for a change they are two band that local bands that Rock Regeneration have not covered before, the 1st is “Pirates Of Panama” a band who feature front man Louis Collins from Bournemouth’s “Ordering Chaos, the second are “Stranger” a band who have risen from the dead after past successes performing gigs all around the area in the 80’s and 90’s.

Pirates Of Panama take to the stage with a great deal of confidence and despatch with the pleasantries getting on with their own style of sleazy rock n roll along the lines of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses. Louis dominates the stage showing some great improvements in his vocal capabilities and stage presence. The band plough through a well received 30 minute set of great original material including “Reckless Living” and “Bring You Back Down” which both feature as you would expect some big rock n roll style guitar solos. Their bass player “Dee Vower” has to be the coolest looking bass player seen on this stage for a long time, dark shades, the hair, ripped jeans, red leather jacket along with a cool Sex pistols T-shirt, definitely the right image for this sort of band. Tonight the band are filming their set for a future release and a group of energetic souls make it a show to remember with chaotic mosh pit on the dance floor. The band leave the stage to lots of vocal support from the rather impressed Mr Kyps crowd.

Pirates Of Panama
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Next up “Stranger” take to the stage with a sort of progressive rock sound along the lines of classic 70’s rock bands with epic guitar solos coupled with keyboards and instinctively powerful vocals. Tonight they line up without a bass player as sadly their bass player left recently and they had not time to recruit one before the show, so with the “show must go on” attitude they continue gallantly without him. Ken Vater’s powerful vocals grab your attention and despite his years, he seems not to have lost none of his quality of delivery. The star of the show has to be young drummer Josh Askew who without any main framework of the bass to the sound holds his own really well. The originals songs come thick and fast in the form of opener “Streets Of Desire”, “Walking Away” and final song the epic “White Knights” which leaves the enthusiastically applauding Kyps crowds with a comfortable ringing in their ears making way for the headliners.

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In these parts Sansara need no introduction, they bound on stage with an energy and a confidence that they have had all along since their first gig at Champions in Bournemouth back in February 2012. In that time they have recorded two quality EP’s, played a countless number of well received gigs and performed at the prestigious Hammerfest. The now four piece has lost none of it’s draw and power with the loss of guitarist Chris Holmes, the sound is now a little more uncomplicated with lead guitar Sam Hughes upping his amp to 11 and really delivering something quite special that impresses everyone. As well at the songs from the debut EP’s the band have been writing some new material in the form of “Lost & Found”, “Broken”, and “Taking Over” with all these songs fitting into their set very comfortably making for a well rehearsed show that flows really well, with front man Tom Sawyer delivering an almost near perfect vocal performance. The large crowd of fans old and new give the band a homecoming welcome to remember, it is always great to go off on tour to visit other cities, but there is nothing like a home town gig to remember where you came from.

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The band get the obligatory encore and return to the stage with a great version of one of the most popular tracks “Save Me” with the audience singing the chorus right back at the band, they leave the stage for the comfort of the dressing room leaving everybody wanting more. With great bands like Sansara, Walk The Night, Saints Of Sin, Western Sand and Voodoo Vegas, the local rock scene is in really fantastic shape. But who will manage to break out first to put Dorset well and truly on the rock map……the jury are out on that one!!

Lost and Found
Taking Over
More Than This
Let It Burn
Come To Life
Save Me


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Words, Pictures & Videos By Dave Chinery (Chinners)

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