James Toseland is perhaps best known for being a World Superbike Champion who is married to Katie Melua. However since his retirement from motorsport, due to injury in 2011 he has concentrated on his second passion that of music and has formed a group called Toseland where he is the lead singer and plays keyboards.
The band has been name-checked by Toby Jepson of Little Angels fame and has just released a new EP entitled ‘Hearts and Bones’. In support of this new EP they have just started a fourteen date tour around the UK and the tour kicked off in Brighton at The Green Door Store.
Support for the evening was from By Definition and Rival State. By Definition are a local Brighton based four piece band who describe themselves as having driving riffs, raw vocals and fat bass and would appeal to people who also like Clutch, Down, Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity and Orange Goblin. I would say that this probably describes the band very well and would also add that their lead vocals are also similar to that of Black Stone Cherry.
Rival State are a five piece band from London and are more of a Grunge-rock band. They gave a strong performance with their lead singer, Luke, trying his utmost to woo the crowd on the night and with the band having to cope with a small stage that was a little cramped for all five band members to be on the stage at the same time, Luke joined us in the audience for some of their set.
Toseland are a five piece band lead by James and have Zurab Melua, (Katie’s brother and James’s brother-in-law) as guitar player , Ed Bramford also on guitar, Roger Davis on bass and have a new drummer to the band Joe Yoshida.
They played to a packed Green Door Store audience and played tracks from their new EP, as well as from their first album Renegade, which was released last year. They played a setlist of fifteen tracks and finished with an encore which included ‘Renegade’ and ‘Crash Landing’.