Review: John Hiatt – ’Terms of my Surrender’

‘Wow. Did I order a smoky barbecued steak and a shot of bourbon? Surprising. Especially because I am a vegetarian.’ That was my first thought upon hearing John Hiatt’s voice rumbling through the opening lines of ‘Long Time Comin’, the opener of his 22nd studio album Terms of my Surrender. Despite a career spanning 30 years, Hiatt is a new sound for me. In fact, … Continue reading Review: John Hiatt – ’Terms of my Surrender’

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Review: Mudcats Blues Trio & Tom Attah @ The Riverside

It was pretty much the perfect way to spend a Saturday night. It was the Riverside, brimming with people and pints of Kraken Ale flowing, while DJs played blues and Martin Bedford sold some of his classic posters (while also peddling some of the music that was going to be released that night). It was Mudcats Blues Trio launch night for their album, The Tesla Sessions. It was a … Continue reading Review: Mudcats Blues Trio & Tom Attah @ The Riverside

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Rough Shag presents: Mudcats Blues Trio, Falls and Drenge

The problem with varied line-ups is not the lack of cohesiveness, but predicting the response from the public. It was a semi-cold Friday in Sheffield and Bungalows and Bears was teeming with people. Continue reading “Rough Shag presents: Mudcats Blues Trio, Falls and Drenge”

By the Rolling Sea

 Live review: Vetiver @ Komedia, Brighton, 28.06.11
Supported by: Chris T-T, Marques Toliver

Vetiver’s Andy Cabic @ Big Sur, 2011

This unreliable ‘reporter’ (of sorts) will have to hold my hands up and apologise because I managed to miss the first support act of the evening, Chris T-T, whilst I was grappling with the public transport systems in Brighton. Sorry Chris!

However I did make it to Komedia in time to see the second support act, Marques Toliver who is originally from New York but is now based in London. Toliver has an incredible, soulful voice with a huge vocal range. He plays charmingly honest lo-fi songs, using only his voice and a violin/glockenspiel, and at points comes down off the stage to sing and play without mics. Toliver has an engaging personality, but mostly it’s his expressive voice that has won over the audience this evening.
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Happy hour at The Grapes

Electric Tape Recorder, The Unfortunate Incident and Pisco Sour Hour @ The Grapes

Pisco, the lovely people behind themed-shows at The Grapes, offered a night of varied acts. The motif for the night? Bad luck, it seems, as there were mock broken mirrors, black cats, open umbrellas, stairs and a copy of Tony Blair’s memoir.

One of the hardest jobs in the world has to be opening a night at a sparsely populated gig room, but even with these odds against them, Electric Tape Recorder did a very good show. ‘Rope’ is a great song live (love the precarious balance between a calm voice and a yelp that’s ready to become a scream).

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One sunny afternoon at the Fat Cat…

Interview – The Hope Explosion

It was Record Store day and after getting a few treats, I joined the lovely chaps of The Hope Explosion at the Fat Cat in Kelham Island for a spot of ales, sunshine and a chat. Rob (Vocals/guitar), Robin (Guitar/vocals) and Lee (Drums/vocals) were outside in the patio, waiting for the interview.

After getting the camera-passing-as-a-dictaphone on and setting some chairs in a makeshift circle, the interview started. A couple of people around were peeking around, with an old lady muttering “are they on telly?”.

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