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MELONHEADMAN, ELIAS T HOTH, THE SNAKE OIL RATTLERS
Club, London 25 March 2010
With so many
of the established bands constantly touring, it can be a struggle
sometimes to make time to check out new acts. However, the promise of a
rare night of southern rock at the 100 Club was a perfect opportunity to
graced the inaugural night of 'southern live', or as one of the comperes
said 'the first in a series of probably one'. What was most impressive
was that the three covered a wide variety of musical bases.
Anglo-Canadian openers the Snake Oil Rattlers took me by surprise
with traditional instruments such as mandolins and dobros to the fore,
in preference to much electric guitar. They peddled a brand of outlaw
country with some bluegrass mixed in, influenced by Steve Earle and
Townes Van Zandt, and including a cover of Skynyrd's Made in the Shade,
in a set that got rockier as it went along.
Next up from
Manchester were Elias T Hoth, who looked and sounded more like a
biker band. I was rather put off by the lead singer's rough, Lemmy-
esque vocals, not to mention his likeness to football manager Paul
Jewell, and yet I grew to enjoy catchy straight ahead rockers such as
Mississipi's Burning, Hex on You, Wanted by the FBI, and set closer
Rollin' Thunder. Special mention too to their guitarist who was a good
20 plus years younger than the rest of the band but highly impressive.
Melonheadman, a seven piece, from Kent headlined and were the most
assured of all the performers, while singer and guitarist Simon Savage,
aka Dr Decimus Crow, was a wild eyed bearded loon.
influences like the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and some of the
nineties jam bands, they created a great vibe, although the songs were
not as strong: it was frustrating that the only one that lodged in my
head was a cover of Don't Dog Me by Raging Slab, reminding me to check
out those underrated southern rockers.
There was a
decent crowd in attendance and seemingly good camaraderie between the
bands. While none of them individually specifically floated my boat, it
was a highly enjoyable evening which I hope becomes a regular event.
photos by Andy Nathan
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