FEDERAL CHARM / THE BAD FLOWERS / THOSE DAMN CROWS - The Live Rooms, Chester - 23.09.18

TERRY MARLAND
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Shane Greenhall is a charismatic front man who has the crowd onside before he sings a note.   Launching into the first number, the pulsating ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ Greenhall leans towards the audience on his on -stage platform encouraging them to join in from the off.  The band only have half an hour and use their time with the expertise of seasoned pros. Reeling off numbers from their forthcoming revamped album ‘Murder and the Motive’ the band deliver with pace and precision, moving from one song to the next seamlessly always acknowledging their audience and encouraging participation.

 

What is apparent from the get-go is that this band are working for each other with Greenhall happily giving way to allow outfield members Wood, Winchurch and Thomas their time in the spotlight while Ronnie Huxford is given ample opportunity to showcase his versatile drumming skills.

 

 The last three numbers ensure an electric finale. Starting with the extensively air-played ‘Blink of an Eye’. Greenhall enthuses the crowd to “sing along if you know the words,” (not many support bands can say that) and they do. This is followed by ‘Breakaway’ before a thunderous ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Dead’ concludes the set. They may have been the support band tonight but headlining billing seems imminent.

 

‘Murder and the Motive’ is released on October 5th.  

 

Band Members:
Shane Greenhall - Vocals
Ian “Shiner’ Thomas - Guitar
Ronnie Huxford - Drums
Lloyd Wood - Bass
David Winchurch - Guitar

 

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The last time I saw The Bad Flowers was at the same venue in July last year when they supported Dan Baird.

 

That night they were well received by the Chester audience but things have moved forward considerably during the intervening period. The band has released their debut album ‘Starting Gun’ to critical acclaim and appeared at numerous high-profile festivals both here and abroad. They return to Chester this evening as joint headliners having established a healthy fan-base.

 

The set kicks off with ‘Hurricane’ from the aforementioned album with front man Leighton immediately demonstrating his extensive guitar skills and considerable vocal range. The set continues with more numbers from ‘Starting Gun’ including ‘I Don’t Believe’ and a stunning ‘Let’s Misbehave’.

 

‘Who Needs a Soul’ features a pulsating bass solo from Dale Tonks before the set concludes with crowd favourite ‘City Lights’ which also acts as a showcase for the unique drumming style of Karl Selickis.

 

The Bad Flowers are a band on the rise and with a new album on the way and more festival dates next year the future is looking bright for the Birmingham band.  

          

The Bad Flowers are:
Tom Leighton - Guitar Vocals
Dale Tonks - Bass
Karl Selickis - Drums

 

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Federal Charm is the last band up tonight. Having undergone several personnel changes over the last two years they are now up and running as a touring five-piece promoting their recently released album ‘Passenger’ from which the bulk of tonight’s set-list is taken.


The band arrive on the stage suited and booted to the ‘They Caught Him’ intro of ‘Swing Sinner’ a blistering opening of their one hour set.

 

Lead vocalist Tom Guyer is a commanding figure on stage delivering strong vocals while dancing with considerable energy without moving too far away from his mic stand.


As the relatively new line up power their way through their set-list they receive enthusiastic applause from the Chester audience. In addition to the opening number crowd particular favourites with the audience are powerful deliveries of ‘Choke’, ‘Halo’ and ’Can’t Rule Me’.

 

The band move skilfully through their set with old hands Morawski and Bowe working seamlessly with Davies, Zahler and Guyer to produce the harder edge the band have on ‘Passenger’.

 

Towards the end of the set Tom thanks the audience for coming out to support the band before launching into the final number ‘Gotta Give It Up’. At the end, there are cries of “more” which is a great way for any band to conclude an evening. 

 

The tour continues:
The Parish, Huddersfield - 26th September
Think Tank, Newcastle - 27th September
Corporation, Sheffield - 28th September
O2 Institute, Birmingham - 29th September

 

Band members:
Tom Guyer - Vocals

Paul Bowe - Guitars
Mark Davis - Keyboards/Guitar

L.D. Morawski - Bass

Josh Zahler - Drums

 

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