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JADED SUN, The Cuckoo Club, London 9 April 2009
It seems that Ireland has become the international capital of the classic
rock revival movement. In the footsteps of the Answer and Glyder, Jaded
Sun promise to be the latest band to make an impact. Some excellent
reviews, including at getreadytorock towers, fired up my curiosity, though
I finally got to see them in unusual circumstances, as they hit the stage
at nearly midnight in a funky private club in London.
For the first time ever in 25 years of gigging, I fell foul of a dress
code with my trainers and had to be escorted into the venue by their
record label rep.
It was worth it though as I was highly impressed with their lean, taut
sound which respects the best of the golden age of classic bluesy rock
from the late sixties and early seventies, but gives it a more youthful
In many respects they are doing what the likes of Thunder and the Black
Crowes did to the genre nearly 20 years ago.
Opening with the slightly AC/DC esque boogie of Breaking Through, the set
had good variety to it; from hard-hitting numbers like Canít Stop and
Higher to Crave, a classy ballad with a definite Black Crowes/Quireboys
feel to it.
Despite his slight physique, singer John Maher has an impressive set of
pipes, Sheís Got Class allowing him to stretch them over a slightly funky
groove, while Positive climaxed in a guitar jam between the well-matched
pairing of Eorann Stafford and Sean Gosker.
Covers of Stay With Me and Gimme Some Loviní give you a good idea of the
bandís influences, and got the late night crowd dancing. I left
mightily impressed, and hoping that they get the chance to hone their
stage craft in rather more rockíníroll surroundings than this one and win
the new friends that they deserve.
Review by Andy
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