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Last Chance City @ Blacksheep Bar 30.04.15

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This Thursday (30th April) Last Chance City played a headline gig at the Blacksheep Bar in Ryde, with a great set of support acts: Jazzy Heath and the Go, Dreamer Joe and Two Pint Shot Glass. It was a night of firsts for me as, aside from the headliners, I hadn’t seen any of the other bands live before, which I subsequently realised was unfortunate for me.

First up was Jazzy Heath and the Go. Jazzy has a wealth of performance experience by herself, but this was one of the first few with the go – though you couldn’t tell from this performance! The vocals were solid – seemingly effortless. However, some of the instruments were a little loud in the mix – meaning a couple of times the great vocals got a little lost. Each of the accompanying instruments themselves were spot on – notably some really nice bass grooves (which often don’t get as much attention as deserved) and some cracking drums…

It turns out Toby, is also the drummer in second band Dreamer Joe – with their faster paced riff based rock Toby even managed to step it up again! The band themselves are something akin to the Island’s answer to Royal Blood, though with a little bit more jazz and hard rock mixed in. With really tight start-stop sections, plenty of riffs and a couple of solos they really are a band to watch very closely over the next few months. They even covered Rage Against the Machine‘s Bulls on Parade… it was awesome.

Next up were Two Pint Shot Glass, with a slightly heavier selection of songs than the other bands it made a nice build up to the headline act. The guys in 2PSG themselves are maybe a year… (or two 😉, older than the rest of the acts, but that didn’t stop them giving a high energy performance absolutely loving what they do. Performing a selection of songs that really just show off genuinely good punk-rock song writing. Their set was slightly cut short, coincidentally right on time, by a broken string – and that dear readers, is rock and roll.

Finally the night was closed out by Last Chance City – who once again have continued to show improvement every time we catch them. What I’ve come to realise is that LCC are a band who are too big for playing these small stages – delivering a wall of sound and really moving into the grounds of giving a performance rather than just playing some songs. Singer Max is super animated, getting into the songs and dancing about all over stage (some great pictures of this below). Getting through a pretty lengthy set list, including a recently recorded song which is coming out… uhh, soon – but when they know, we’ll know, and you’ll know! Once again as with all the bands tonight, musicianship was spot on and all held together by really decent drums.

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Joseph Hagan - Photographer, Designer & Writer. Professional photographer living on the Isle of Wight. Music tastes in Rock, Metal and Punk. Social Media: Facebook or Twitter

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