FEDERAL CHARM with support from GABRIELLA JONES / FLOWERPOT - Louisiana, Bristol 22.04.18

CLAIRE HILL

(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

The sun is shining as we make our way to Bristol's iconic The Louisiana and it's finally warm enough to discard our jackets. The building itself certainly looks impressive, imposing from the outside and cosy inside, with lovely wooden flooring and comfy chairs. The live music venue is upstairs and has a capacity of around 150, of which half have been sold in advance sales for this evening's entertainment.

 

First to the stage tonight are local all female hard rock outfit FLOWERPOT. Their guitarist Ellie has broken her arm coming off a skateboard, so a session guitarist named Chris has stepped in and learned their set in just 2 days. Full of energy, lead singer Steph is confident and in clear voice as the band lead us through their set of seven original songs. They have a slightly grungy style, the songs are melodic and each told a story. I especially liked ‘Pretty Hollow' which is about a snail.

 

Steph is mesmerising to watch as she uses all the stage, drawing the crowd in and encouraging a bit of banter. Her and bassist Morgan are all flying hair and attitude, at one point during ‘Loser Girl’, both are on their knees, facing each other, headbanging. Jess on the drums keeps up a steady beat to round out the rhythm section and the band play like a tight unit, despite being a member down. They are enthusiastic and competent musicians and crowd are lapping it up. It's just a pity not more people have turned out to see them.

 

Flowerpot setlist:-

Blindsight

Quinn Condition

Before Dawn

Pretty Hollow

Loser Girl

Trouble

Bruised

 

Flowerpot are :-

Steph - Vocals

Ellie - Guitar (Chris played this set)

Morgan - Bass

Jess - Drums

 

Find out more about Flowerpot here:-

https://www.facebook.com/FlowerpotOFFICIAL/

https://twitter.com/Flowerpotband?s=09

https://www.musicglue.com/flowerpot/

 

 

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Next up and dressed to impress in a sparkling dress and towering heels, GABRIELLA JONES treats us to a slick set of rocking blues tunes. With her gorgeous soulful yet slightly raspy tone she soon has the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. As things get "deep and personal" with ‘Things You've Been Missing', Gabriella, strumming  her guitar with prowess and singing with such emotion and with such a beautiful break in her voice, you could hear a pin drop in the room.

 

Drumming comes from Wyatt Wendels, still in his London Marathon kit (including medal), complete with light up sticks, and is hard and heavy at times but soft and skilful when needed. Bassist Ed Swann balances out the rhythm section, whilst guitarist Olly Powell complements Gabriella's playing to perfection. The four skilled musicians are in perfect harmony as they hold the audience captive.

 

An opportunity for whole crowd participation arises with ‘Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City'. By now there are a few more people in the room and it seems everyone is up for a sing as the reaction is fantastic. This is followed by the current single ‘Take Me to the Party’ and it looks like the whole room wants an invitation. Gabriella is in good voice tonight and judging by the amount of cheering and clapping, the crowd can't get enough of her.

 

Band members:-

Gabriella Jones - Lead Vocals & Guitar

Edd Swann - Bass

Olly Powell - Guitar

Wyatt Wendels - Drums

 

Gabriella Jones setlist:-

Gimme More

Love Me Like a Man/Never Loved a Man

Things You’ve Been Missing

Mr Wrong

Sweetest Little Meteorite

Midnight Drive

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

Take Me To The Party

 

Find out more about Gabriella Jones here: -

https://twitter.com/gabriellajjones?s=09

https://www.facebook.com/gabriellajjones/

https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajonesmusic/

 

 

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Headliners FEDERAL CHARM are like a phoenix rising from the ashes, embarking on their first mini tour in two years following a dramatic line-up change. After losing both their lead singer and drummer in quick succession, rather than quit, founding members guitarist Paul Bowe and bassist LD Morawski decided to persevere. The addition of new vocalist Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler appears to have sparked the creative process as the band have been holed up writing and recording album number three, due for release this autumn. This being only their second gig since the line-up change, any doubts the audience have are quickly dispelled as the accomplished and confident musicians rock the Sunday evening crowd.

 

Paul Bowe’s skilful plucking is a sight to behold, the rapturous expression on his face a pleasure to see; he is in his element on the stage and it's clearly where he belongs. New singer Tom Guyer prowls across the stage like a caged lion, his huge voice easily filling the place. Mark Davies on guitar and keys playing opposite Bowe with Guyer headbanging in between them is a spectacle! Morawski and Zahler keep up a furious beat that is so infectious.

 

Federal Charm play a selection of tracks from their first and second albums, plus some new songs (from album three) and a cover of ‘I Should've Known It’ that "goes out to the late great Tom Petty", says Bowe, "we love coming and doing shows like this for people like you. I mean it. You’ve made this tour a fucking tour!" There is plenty of positive reaction from the crowd, clapping, whistling, singing along, but perhaps trying to get a room full of (mostly) drunk people clapping in sync to ‘Lounge Fly' is rather a tall order!

 

Although the room has filled up to roughly two thirds full by the time Federal Charm start their set, it's only the front half that is really enthusiastic to begin with. It’s a shame the crowd isn't bigger or all of it as enthusiastic as the front half. However, everyone was clapping by the end of the night.

 

As one of Planet Rock's nominees for best new band 2017, and if this performance is anything to go by, Federal Charm will soon be not only nominated, but winning awards like this and selling out much bigger venues.

 

To coincide with the new album release, there will also be a tour in the autumn, and the band will play HRH C.R.O.W.S. then too.

 

Federal Charm are:-

Paul Bowe - Guitar

LD Morawski - Bass

Tom Guyer - Vocals

Josh Zahler - Drums

Mark Davies - Guitar/keys

 

Federal Charm setlist:-

Swing Sinner

Hercules

Master plan

Choke

Nowhere Is Home

Death Rattle

Guess What

Concrete Creature

Stray

Get Through

I Should've Known It

Reconsider

Silhouette

Lounge Fly

Gotta Give It Up

Reaction
 

Find out more about Federal Charm here:-

https://www.federalcharm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/federalcharm/

https://twitter.com/FederalCharm?s=09

https://www.instagram.com/federalcharm/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmj4fmjd2eT4ccIlsHaHITw

 

 

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