main and only support tonight are The Big Pink,
this being one of those bands I've seen a few
times now, and are a pretty decent live band.
They are pretty effects driven with a touch of
90s indie to them, they have a laid back on stage
persona. Yet again there seems to be a slight
change to the stage set up, the main vocalist
on effects driven guitar, a drummer, then another
member on synth who's wearing a black face mask,
bizarre! Yet again I find myself thoroughly enjoying
their electronic set regardless of the live set
up, the sound feels different and some in the
crowd are lightly nodding their heads to the beat.
Overall it's a slow easy pace and the songs are
catchy and highly enjoyable, again a good set
from these guys which pleases my ears immensely.
Rebel Motorcycle Club are a 3 piece band of which
I have never seen before. Being a rock/bluesy/folk
band, I'm surprised that I'm not a huge fan as
these are the types of bands that I really dig.
From the opening songs, such as 'Rival' ,' Hate
the Taste', Fire Walker it's apparent they are
a pretty decent band, with the guitarist and bass
player exchanging vocal duties, which changes
things up quite nicely.
One of my early favourites is 'Beat the Devils
Tattoo', great song with a solid drum beat. The
guitar work isn't overly complicated but they
have some really good riffs, 'Whatever Happened
to My Rock n Roll (punk song)' takes the pace
of the set back up, this song really gets the
crowd going, with many around me dancing to this
song. 'Ain't No Easy Way' is next up with its
easy to get along with groove. 'Berlin' follows
next keeping that groove bouncing along nicely.
Things get slow and slightly heavy with '666 Conducer'.
The songs so far have been flying by, it's either
because I'm having a good time or the songs are
just short, I think it's a combination of both.
mid set consists of songs such as' Love Burns',
' Returning', then along comes the acoustic solo
parts of the set which consists of 'Devils Waiting',
(performed by Peter) ,a song I can't quite make
out the lyrics to, which is nice break from the
full electric noise.Then second track 'Mercy',
( performed by Rob).
'Conscience Killer' takes things up a notch after
'Firewalker'. 'Lullaby' is up next taking things
right down with its nice slow pace. The rest of
set consists of songs such as the bass heavy 'White
Palms', and the catchy riffs of 'Funny Games'.
feel as if the set is dragging somewhat near the
end, perhaps there's just a few too many songs,
it's a lengthy 20 song plus set.
The final few songs of the main set consist of
'In Like The Rose', 'Weight of the World' then
the set gets a much needed shot in the arm with
'6 Barrel Shotgun' with its lively guitar and
drum beats and main set closer 'Spread Your Love'
which is probably their most well known song,
it's even one i know, it's highly catchy still
even after countless plays on the radio that I've
heard over the years.
After a short break they close the overly long
set with 'Sell it and Lose Yourself'. Two pretty
good songs to end with. Overall it was a pretty
good set but the pacing was pretty bad, and there
was far too many songs in the set for me to really
enjoy, and some of the songs were overly long,
other than that not bad at all.
The Big Pink 3.5/5
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 4/5
Review By Jude Onions