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BLACK STONE CHERRY/Rival Sons
Stone Cherry's aces are displayed face up on The River right now and
there's not a player this side of Edmonton Kentucky that can argue with
the obvious assertion that they are the best rock band in the world
Did I just
say that? Have I been plied with Kentucky bourbon in the backstage
party? More on my insanity in a moment's time. But first on stage was
blues based rock band from Long Island, Rival Sons. What a double
bill! In a manner of minutes, the band had us in the palms of their
A man of
few words in between songs, Jay Buchanan cuts a dash of a young Ozzy
Osborne but the voice. Oh the voice. While we are on the inevitable
comparisons with days of yore, how does a cross between Robert Plant and
Chris Cornell grab you?
grabbed this punter by the scruff of his hoodie and flung his skittish
remarks about guitarist Scott Holiday resembling Derek Smalls where the
sun don't shine. And the songs were none too shabby either. Check out
'Pressure and Time' and then come back to me on my GRTR! Show and inform
me I was wrong.
a couple more festivals and this tour will propel them, as has happened
to Black Stone Cherry, to the status of headline tour. On this evidence
Rival Sons deserve to be in your ears right now. If you can't buy the
gig don't steal the music. Bands with talent like this deserve a living.
in the world eh? Black Stone Cherry? Is there a catch. No. It's
like this really. I decided around song three 'Blind Man' that I would
take my camera from around my shoulders and let Steve Goudie capture the
moments while I looked on in awe at the sheer energy that BSC ripped
into songs like 'Soulreek' and 'White Trash Millionaire.'
Robertson is such an unlikely front man. Looking like he is just about
to fix your carburettor for $50 somewhere on the old Route 66, Robertson
instead rips out your heart with a vocal delivery that tonally straddles
grunge and hard rock.
the rub. Robertson's vocals could not be applied elsewhere because they
complement Ben Well's searing guitar style so well that removing one of
the would be criminal, like taking twins from their brothers.
section is no less vital . John Fred's drumming provides such a backdrop
that you simply don't need any high faultin' video screens taking your
attention away. John Lawhon plays less like a bass player and more like
a lead guitarist. I had to look twice as to who was holding the bong
be tempting to draw comparisons with the Skynyrds and the Hatchets but
that would be disingenuous. In a review full of analogies, I will leave
this southern metaphors up to you to explain to friends what they are
missing. Best course of action is throw your money into the ring though
and discover that these boys are playing their own card game and not
looking over somebody else's shoulders.
1200 capacity 02 Academy audience which consisted of older rockers with
their kids, young guns of both sexes tended to agree with me. The chant
of 'BSC' was coming from the back of the hall as well as the front.
I could go
on but I won't because it's been said and I need to get to the end of
this review before I change my mind. Having seen them three times now, I
doubt it. Fantastic.
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