MONTERREZ

KERRANG! No. 145 APRIL 1987

JANUARY 1988

MONTERREZ – CHIDDINGFOLD CLUB

CHIDDINGFOLD LOOKS more likely to be holding the semi-finals of One Man And His Dog’ than this new-fangled rock ‘n’ roll music, but as I dodged around the combine harvesters in the car park I could hear the dull thump of a support band somewhere deep inside.

Fortunately, inside the Chiddingfold Club was far more rock ‘n’ roll than country and western. There was an excellent turn-out for Monterrez, the local heroes, and it’s good to know that rock has another well-populated outpost.

And in their element. Monterrez shine. ‘Sweet Little Thing’ proved an apt pointer for the evening. The band look cool – clad in American chic – looking good, much to the delight of their squealing mini-army of, well, sweet young things.

Thankfully, the Americanisms end there. Monterrez are built around Mathew Pearce’s raking guitar, there are plenty of fat. rousing chords, and his soloing is snappy, tasteful and, as with all good players, he understands instinctively when not to play.

Paul Stevens’ drums and Rick Allen-look-alike bassist Jim Houson provide a spirited rhythm section, and Steve Arnold’s smooth, clear vocals give the whole package a classy finish.

The crowd love the band, the band love the crowd, and they dedicate the catchy ‘Angel One Nine’ to them – a song referring to the average age of their female following, in which case it should be retitled Angel One Three’. All this and we’re also treated to the appearance of new Kerrang! hack Dave ‘Queen for a day’ Reynolds on backing vocals during the encores, tastefully clad in a wardrobe full of Gary Glitter’s cast-offs.

Monterrez have improved heaps since I last saw them, they’re catchy, classy and one of the best unsigned prospects around. Infinitely better than some bands who’ve sneaked into these hallowed pages. They’ll make it.

JON HOTTEN

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