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Relentless Garage, London 8 May 2010
Jason & The
Scorchers are in town promoting their new album 'Halycon Days', their
best release since the classic 'Lost & Found' released way back in 1984.
Playing their unique blend of American country music with a hard rock
A band that
have heavily influenced Ginger from the Wildhearts, so much so in fact
that Ginger has performed with the band on numerous occasions and helped
in writing some of the songs on the current album. Imagine a party
held by Kenny Rogers being gatecrashed by The Wildhearts and you get an
idea what the band sound like.
band are doing what they do best, performing live to an enthusiastic
crowd who have taken the band to their hearts. Jason & The
Scorchers are one of rock's best kept secrets and the majority are
missing out on the fun.
No less than
eight new songs are in the set tonight and on other Europeon dates the
band have been alternating more new tracks from 'Halycon Days' into the
set. So much confidence The Scorchers have in their new piece of
the loveable Jason Ringenberg who is constantly smiling and storytelling
between numbers. In his cowboy Stetson hat and gold tasselled
jacket, the man is bucking around during the songs looking as if he is
doing the rodeo. Guitarist Warner E Hodges was last seen here with
Dan Baird, is back to where he belongs performing with Jason who both
make a great double act.
On a couple
of the acoustic numbers like 'Bible And A Gun' Jason comes across like a
Bruce Springsteen after emptying a bottle of Jack. All the new
songs fitted alongside the older numbers with ease, but it it still
those songs from the mid-eighties that are sure fire winners.
Whiskey Glass' demands audience participation featuring the line ''Here
lies Jason ... strangled by love'' and 'White Lies' is a corking rocker
which features some fine guitar slinging from Hodges.
highly enjoyable night from the band. They are called The
Scorchers for a reason, they are red hot.
Set List : Mona Lee / Shop It Around / Absolutely Sweet Marie / Land Of
The Free / Beat On The Mountain / Last Time Around / Twang Town Blues /
I Can't Help Myself / Mother Of Greed / We've Got It Goin' On / Jeremy's
Glory / Bible And A Gun / Help There's A Fire /Drug Store Truck Driving
/ Deep Holy Water / Broken Whiskey Glass/ Moonshine Guy / White Lies
by Mark Taylor
Photos by Noel
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