It is not often you leave a gig and are speechless. Attending three to four gigs a week I am often left impressed, but not completely lost for words. On Friday I was…
A colleague over here at RGM insisted I go and see this band (cheers Brooky). I am so glad I did. On an evening where as usual, us Manchester natives were spoilt for choice in terms of live music, I took a punt on a band who have been described as “a ram-jam barrage of 50’s rock n roll mania, shot through with punk venom” (classic rock) I needed to check this out! The band consist James Walbourne, Krisstoffer Sonne, and Dave Page (who is not technically a member but plays at their live gigs), these three are also part of The Pretenders, so musically we know we are in for a treat!
The crowd started to fill the Deaf Institute and soon it was hard to move, clearly these guys have a solid following. I noticed many esteemed musicians in the audience (always a good sign). The threesome then proceeded to storm through a mind fuckingly solid set of rock n roll and punk mash-up, like Elvis on speed but more energetic?!?
Chaos ensured as James Walbourne jumped and jived his way on and off stage, making it look impossible to play such intricate guitar solos whilst contortioning to extreme levels of what appeared to be discomfort. There is an element of The Cramps in this trio, and perhaps a hint of The White Stripes for good measure, but quite frankly they are one of the most unique bands I have witnessed for a while.
I urge you to also take a punt on His Lordship, and catch them at a small venue whilst you can. They have just been announced on the line up of next year’s Bearded Theory festival so I will be there ready to live through another intense hour of rock n roll carnage!