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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Coach & Horses, Isleworth, 14 February 2010
rockers Four Wheel Drive have been causing a media scrum recently and
have been getting high plaudits from respected journalists from Classic
Rock and Metal Hammer magazines as well as radio station Total Rock.
They have also been been getting early attention from Get Ready To
ROCK!'s very own Pete Feenstra and myself who have both witnessed the
greatness of this live band.
Valentine's day and the boys are having a love-in at one of their
favourite watering holes.
It was full
throttle down for the first number 'White Lines' a track the band
recently shot a video for which should be on your TV screens anytime
soon, kicking this gig off in fine fashion.
The band are
firing off on all cylinders from the word go. Frontman and bassist
Jamie Lailey looks like he should be fronting a Small Faces tribute
band, but at soon as he screams out his larynx, you realise this man is
an entirely different beast who could give Airbourne's Joel O'Keeffe a
good running wild for his money.
say there are more Airbourne similiarities when three quarters of the
band are bare chested after just the first few numbers, but when the
energy is this high who can blame them, but whilst Airbourne are more of
a metal act, Four Wheel Drive influences came from more of a heavy blues
Drag' is simply smokin' featuring the heavy boogie of early Quo and
British legends made big in the US Foghat.
Roller' the title track of their debut CD is a screaming beer drinking
anthem that makes you want to throw your fists into the air.
some great guitar interplay between Ben Austwick and Paddy Achtelik
featuring some great bottleneck slide action from Achtelik, a man who
has no shame. Wearing the 80's cliche t-shirt of Jack Daniels and
leopard spandex trousers stolen straight out of Vera Duckworth's
chemistry right and making sure this engine doesn't overheat is Will
Richards who batters the hell out of his drum kit.
main set over, encores were demanded and it was great to see a young
band in their twenties paying homage to a true great rock' n roll
legend, Chuck Berry. Ben Austwick took on vocal duties for 'Johnny
B.Good'. It's good to know now that Chuck Berry can finally retire in
the knowledge that the future of rock 'n roll is in safe hands.
tribute to AC/DC at the end which had this writer doing an Angus duck
walk impersonation, and on this Valentine evening there was a whole
lotta roses being thrown about. We still wanted more for which the
band played one of four new tracks tonight for a second helping of
'House Of Fire'.
with them whilst you can because Four Wheel Drive are the perfect
musical companion to life in the fast lane.
Set list : White Lines / Blood On The Walls / Hole Of Rock 'N Roll /
House Of Fire / Take A Drag / Big Fat & Ugly / Six Foot Poster / High
Roller / Use Your Imagination / The Vision's Gone / Rough Around The
Edges / Down Under ...encores Johnny B.Good / Whole Lotta Rosie /
Highway To Hell / Shoot To Thrill / House Of Fire(Reprise)
photos by Mark Taylor
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