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Feel good all the way!

Bonafide are one of the best live bands around at the moment, and this DVD, filmed in December at Hafan Y Mor holiday park in Wales at Hard Rock Hell, shows just how good their oh-so-catchy, upbeat, straight ahead rock songs are. This was also the last date on Bonafide's tour to promote the album 'Ultimate Rebel', their fourth studio album.

The first song 'Doing The Pretty' is just so good, I think I could just listen to it over and over – in fact, first time I watched this DVD, I went back and watched this song 3 times in a row! Pontus Snib has such an amazing stage presence. He's not the best looking guy in the world, but whatever it is you need to be a good front man, he's got it in spades. With a lot of Bon Scott influences in his delivery, his gravelly performance and amusing asides to the audience are just gems. Add to this, his now almost legendary forays into the crowd during 'Loud Band', where he high fives almost everyone in the audience (in this instance, the DVD cuts to 'musak' with a screen which eventually says "meanwhile – 20 minutes later..."), the feel good factor just goes on and on with this band.

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The entire album is upbeat – no ballads for Bonafide! Dancing girls, fire eaters, angle grinders – even brief appearances from Quireboys front-man Spike and legendary DJ Krusher Jool just add to the party atmosphere and show the amount of respect and affection this band garner from other performers. Lead guitarist Mikael Fassberg is an awesome player and really adds feeling to the songs, whilst bassist Martin Ekelund is an odd character, dressed in a red suit, but he seems to like to climb on things a lot, posing for the audience like a supermodel. Drummer Niklas Mattsen is a monster and a hard hitter if ever there was one. All together, they gel and are as tight as a band who've been together a great many years rather than they have in their present form.

If I had one small – and I mean tiny – criticism of the production, it's that it's taken out 90% of the crowd noise. While it does look like everyone is enjoying themselves, the all but muted sound makes it all a bit flat – something that a Bonafide gig is anything but!

If you can ever catch these guys live, do it! You won't be sorry. If you can't, or if you just can't get enough of them, then buy the DVD. Feel good all the way!

Sue Ashcroft

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