Live Review: Circleswitch 10th Anniversary Show
Written by Brett Kihlmire
It’s hard to believe that many of my favorite bands are getting up there in age. It seems like just yesterday that their first albums released, but here we are. For the Midwest hard rockers, Circleswitch, it’s been ten years and what a ride it’s been!
I met Circleswitch at the Wisconsin State Fair back in 2014 while covering Conniption for the UWM Post. Taking a liking to the band’s hard rock sound, I got to chatting with bassist, Johnny Rock-it, and guitarist, Danny Rodic. I’ve since seen and covered the band countless times, and even had a hand in filming their video for ‘Alibi.’ So when I found out that the band was celebrating their 10th year as a band, I was stoked!
Starting out the night at the famed Metal Grill in Cudahy, Wisconsin was relatively new hard rock revival outfit, Husher. Featuring a crew of scene veterans, including Matt Danbeck (Motley Brue, Mr. Deagun Jones, ex-Enemy Star), the band rocked the crowd with a throwback hard rock sound reminiscent of 1970’s hard rock blended with a hard, modern edge. Though the band has only played around three shows thus far, they rocked good and solid. I can’t say I noticed any hiccups in their performance earning them a loud reception from the crowd gathered early in the night. Honestly, I have no doubts the band added a few dozen new likes to their fan base.
Taking the stage after Husher was another band I hadn’t yet heard, but was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, when I saw vocalist Tom Riddle hit the stage I was instantly reminded of Joakim Broden of Sabaton – the resemblance is uncanny. When Riddle and the boys of Stories for Strangers started rocking, however, all thoughts of the famed heavy metal band melted away. This was a hard rocking band that stood all on its own with charged riffs, catchy hooks and strong rhythms that mixed exceptionally well with the soulful and soaring vocals of Tom Riddle. Least to say, I was blown away by what I heard. These guys are simply awesome!
Last up was the one and only Circleswitch. What can I say? These guys were guaranteed to put on a great show with their groove-driven hard rock sound. Playing a slew of hits from their three albums including ‘Daybreak,’ ‘Beautiful,’ ‘Revolution,’ and ‘NSA,’ the band packed and rocked the house. As usual, vocalist Kenny James showed off his moves while his band rocked hard around him. At one point James paid tribute to American hero, Chris Kyle, by dedicating their tune ‘Crawl’ to the late Navy SEAL. All in all, this was an outstanding show. All three bands put on a great performance and I never felt bored. If you’re in the Midwest USA then I’d recommend you keep an eye out for the next show from all of these bands. You’re in for a real treat!
Check out Stories for Strangers HERE