up tonight are Ulysses, supporting Rival sons
again, they must be fans, me I'm still not a fan,
I'm finding I'm getting that same flat vibe as
they open with the likes of 'Lesson One', 'Oranges
& Mary' and 'April Showers', the songs are
at pretty much one speed and one tone, I really
can't feel the music, I should but I don't, I've
given them a chance but its just not delivering
for me, they're not a bad band but there's really
nothing stand out about them, and they seem to
have fallen down the pecking order, as they were
main support the last time round.
Graveltones are up next they are a British Bluesy
band, and according to Classic Rock Magazine,
the #1 hottest band in Britain. The sound, well
if you're looking for the next White Stripes album
it's by this band, it's no bad thing, but they
sound pretty much the same even the same guitar
effects, same singing style, same amount of band
members, just a guitarist/vocalist and drummer
with some well beat up symbols. They are a pretty
lively band to watch, their sound finally brining
the room to life after the droll Ulysses, this
is probably one of those rare occasions where
the support band are as good, if not better than
the main act. At times throughout the set I swear
there's a W.S song waiting to break out, I'm sure
they could probably sneak a lesser known song
in, they really are a pretty great live band.
So in short if you're a massive fan of the White
Stripes and miss them then The Graveltones are
the band for you.
Sons with their 70's Rock sound, still sounding
pretty sharp. But not looking as such, the guitarist
with that terrible looking suit. They open the
set with the lively 'You Want To', which is swiftly
followed by 'Get What's Coming' and 'Wild Animal'.
The singer still pulling his best Robert plant
moves and vocal style, if you're going to do it
old school then he's doing it right. The guitar
riffs are pretty damn decent, them seem like a
better band than last time round and they have
to be too if they have to follow the Graveltones
Heart' and 'Torture' keep things lively with it's
bright clean sounds and catchy riffs and drum
beats, with some top signing flying over the top.
The guitar playing in 'Torture' is fantastic,
my stand out song of the night.
If you're hankering for some good old fashioned.
70's sound rock then you will love this band,
really great live stage presence.
What I enjoy about this band is that there's the
loud parts which kick ass and then the quite bits
which give the song's some contrast, taking it
down a notch mid song makes the loud parts so
come down a notch with 'Memphis Sun', pretty good
mellowed down song where the vocals really carry
the song. The middle set continues on with the
likes of 'All The Way', 'Until The Sun Comes',
'Jordan', 'Keep on Swinging' and 'Pressure and
Time'. There's no real bad song in the set all
of the songs are pretty spot on and get that time
flying, and before you know it you're at the tail
end of songs of the night which are 'Sacred Tongue'
and 'Face of Light'.
A drum solo is up next, worst part of the set
really, too self indulgent, the one thing the
70's could have done without. Then we're at the
set closing song 'Soul'. A fine way to close out
a pretty decent night of music. You should catch
Rival Sons and The Graveltones as soon as you
The Graveltones 5/5
Rival Sons 5/5
Review By Robert Lawrence