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HOAX/Virgil & the Accelerators
Dingwalls, London 3 January 2010
This was an
exceptional gig that made light of the heavy burden of expectation. If The
Hoax had any bottled up nerves or doubts after 10 years of being away then
they were instantly banished from the moment they hit the stage with power
precision and real panache as they leant into the funky 'Twenty Ton
a sheer joy de vivre born of boundless self confidence and the simple
enjoyment of playing together again, the band demonstrated just why they
are still untouchable.
of course been contenders during the interim years but The Hoax once again
proved to have that indecipherable edge and an extra quality that makes
them one of the outstanding bands of their generation.
juxtaposition of the subtle with the raucous and the reverse sweep from
quiet to loud - all overridden by wailing guitars and earthy harp -
remains at the core of a unique crossover style that has still to be
emulated by anyone in the generic rock/blues field. And perhaps the reason
is that the band has always refused to be pigeon holed.
set for example, included a handful of carefully chosen covers, including
a tough reading of Lennon and McCartney's 'Come Together', an inspired
harp-led shuffle 'Automatic' by The Red Devils and the final frisson
these occasional bouts of interpretive skill there were additional self
penned magical moments, no more so than Hugh Coltman's evocative vocal
phrasing on the extended slow blues 'Don't Shake My Hand'.
was the undulating swing, heavy duty groove and biting lyrics of 'Feeding
Time' on which first Jon Amor and then Jesse Davey teased out their
respective tones, with Hugh adding the perfect harp led finish. And still
there was more as Jesse sought out more awesome tones on the pile driving
shuffle 'Fistful of Dirt' before the band's show stopping guitar interplay
on 'Bones', on which Jon Amor and Jesse Davy somehow managed to play each
others guitar simultaneously in spite of impossible size differentials.
memorable moments aside it was the balance of the set that impressed most.
Mark Barrett on drums and bassist Robin Davey provided real drive when
required and hung back intuitively when the band dug deep for their blues,
as the duo glued everything together with an understated fluency. The
spine tingling solos provided the extra dynamic flourishes and tonal
this is a band that broke the mould ten years ago when they quit. But on
the evidence of this show they are still hungry enough, still young enough
and still have a big enough following to potentially propel them to still
Earlier the impossible young Virgil & the Accelerators showed real
passion, drive and no mean ability in a power trio setting that augurs
well for the future of the rock/blues format.
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