Logan Live at Hard Rock Hell VII

Logan at HRH VII 7The main thing I love about festivals is discovering a band you’ve never heard of before, and really liking them straightaway.

Well, it was a case of Instant love for Scottish rockers Logan on the main stage… Their brand of heavy, melodic rock with tight vocal harmonies was right up my musical street.

A new one on me, but in fact, they’ve been around for 10 years, and with four albums under their belts and many support slots for heavy hitters such as Bon Jovi, Thunder, Alter Bridge and Tremonti and an appearance at Download 2009 I’m not sure how I could have missed them – not a mistake I’ll be making again.

Lead singer Kenny Collins is an energetic and engaging frontman, but certainly doesn’t overshadow the rest of the band. They’ve been through some fairly major line-up changes in their time, and with Kenny and Mick Coll the only founding members still in the band, lead guitarist Max McPherson, bassist Stef Lach and drummer Calum Blair (who’s only 18, though you’d never know from his pretty damn brilliant style) joined the band a year ago, so the band have had plently of time to hone their delivery to near perfection.

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Although Logan are a new name on me, they’re clearly already well known to the Hard Rock Hell faithful, and the main stage arena has filled up nicely ahead of their performance. With a heavy sound reminiscent of Creed, mixed with a little Alter Bridge and a dash of Pearl Jam, Logan have a catalogue of ‘big chorus’ tunes that get you singing along. ‘Like A Rain’, ‘Light It Up’ and new track ‘Resurrect Me’ span their back catalogue and presumably showcase material for a forthcoming new album…

And when the set closes with ‘When I’m Down’ I’m definitely left wanting more, and with a resolve to go check out more of their music. I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to catch them live – maybe at one of 2014’s big summer festivals…?

We can hope.