RAINBREAKERS / HYPOPHORA / JET BLACK 3 / KARL FICAROTTA - Cobblestones Bridgwater 23.09.18

CLAIRE HILL

PHOTO CREDITS: MARTY MOFFATT

 

Cobblestones was originally a pub when it opened in the 1980’s, but in 2015 the back part of the pub was converted into a 150-capacity music venue with its own bar, accessed through the main pub and the cosy little room is now Bridgwater’s only dedicated live music venue.

 

With the billed opening act dropping out, Cobblestones regular, singer/songwriter KARL FICAROTTA steps in and captivates the handful of early evening music lovers with the deftly executed strumming of his acoustic guitar and the rich but slightly gravelly tones of his vocals.  Karl looks at ease as his careful and considered playing produces an engaging set which includes original songs ‘Naïve’, plus ‘Shadow’ & ’Hold’ from his upcoming EP ‘Hope’, (out on 13th October).  Interspersed with the original tracks are a couple of covers including an acoustic version of REUBEN’s ‘Dusk’. Karl ends his set with a breathtaking cover of CHRIS ISAAK’s ‘Wicked Game’ that really showcases what a powerfully punchy and emotive singer he is. His percussive playing style during a couple of songs instantly brings to mind the first time I saw NEWTON FAULKNER play, supporting a band called ROOSTER at Scala in London in 2006; Karl has the same way of commanding the audience, nobody spoke a word while he was performing. I think that says it all.

 

Find out more about Karl Ficarotta here:-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarlFicarottaOfficial/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/karlficarottasolo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarlFig

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Hr3MGIbqXTkjGCZX1v3kC

Watch the video for ‘Hold’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOZp2wqVkJw

Pre-order the ‘Hope’ EP here: https://karlficarotta.bandcamp.com/album/hope-ep

 

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Devon’s alt-rock trio JET BLACK 3 is up next and the hard-hitting, proficient drumming from Si Snowdon and blistering, killer riffs from Phil Borrett are quite an assault on the ears after the more mellow tones of the opening act as ‘Remember My Name’ is closely followed by an energetic cover of The Who’s ‘The Seeker’. The three-piece perform ‘Grinning’, one of their early songs, then their melodic latest single ‘Carousel’ and as yet unreleased song ‘Let the Loving In’. Frontman Robert Papworth tells us that the band “will be recording their debut album in November, which will be released next summer. That seems a long way away so we had better make it worth it!” I had a bit of trouble making out some of the lyrics at times, but Robert is charismatic in an understated manner, with a haunting quality to this voice and he’s mesmerising to watch. The band finish off their robust set with ‘Reign’ and ‘The Beating Drum’.  I’m surprised at the fullness of the sound despite the absence of a bass guitar, instrumentally Jet Black 3 are solid, with an intricacy to their bracing performance.

 

Find out more about Jet Black 3 here:-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JetBlack3Band/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JetBlack3band/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jetblack3band/

Watch the video for ‘Carousel’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46qCei-VLpA


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Cornish alt-rock/post-hardcore four-piece HYPOPHORA released their debut album ‘Douse’ a couple of days ago, and the energetic quartet launch straight into ‘Intro’, and ‘Behave!’. from the album. Katie McConnell’s atmospheric vocals are perfectly complemented by guitarist Karum Cooper’s backing vocals, whilst the powerhouse rhythm section of Lewis Pilcher on funky bass and James Farmer on driving drums keep up a heady beat. First single ‘Spires' is up next and Katie’s vocals are raw with emotion as she completely loses herself in the music and lets her voice take centre stage. Lewis on bass is frenetic as the notes resonate, James ensuring every time he uses his sticks we feel it in our cerebral cortex. ‘Youth’, ‘Headlines’ and ‘Sorcerers’ follow, giving Karum ample chance to throw numerous heavy guitar licks galore before HYPOPHORA round off the set with the first song they wrote together, back in school, ‘Ordinary’. It’s a heavy yet melodious song that just when I think it’s finished, another thwacking drum beat signifies an additional round of instrumental and vocal activity before they disappear off the stage. Fantastic.

 

Find out more about Hypophora here:-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypophora/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HypophoraMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hypophoramusic

Buy ‘Douse’ here: https://www.easyaction.co.uk

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3TgMB9Gon5LO3Pg3ouOqtX?si=jSd9KFbbREC5rkkD9LThBg

 

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Headliners RAINBREAKERS have recently released their debut album, ‘Face to Face’ which has been garnering rave reviews from critics and music fans alike. The four-piece from Shrewsbury begin their set with the funky ‘Need Your Love’ and it sounds even better than it did through my headphones at home! I know it shouldn’t come into it, but at the tender age of just 22, birthday boy Charlie Richards is throwing out jingling riffs with aplomb. Next up are two more songs from the album, ‘Got Me Where She Wants’ and title track ‘Face To Face’, and as I look around the room, the audience are enthralled. Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ben Edwards takes the opportunity to say hi and introduce the next song, ‘Lost With You’, as “something a bit more gentle, it’s about meeting a lovely lady (about) 2 years ago”. Ben’s vocals are crisp, clear and emotive with a very subtle rawness that gives me goosebumps as he hits the soulful top notes.
 

‘Take It Or Leave It’ and ‘Lay It On Me’ follow, and Peter Adams looks to be in his element, plucking the groovy bass lines that perfectly complement Sam Edwards’ deftly-produced, melodious drumming. Up next is a fantastic cover of The Wood Brothers’ ‘Honey Jar’, and ‘On My Knees’, that Ben and brother Sam wrote in their garage, with a vision of a man on his knees in the desert searching for a way out. Ben then introduces the title track from the band’s first EP ‘Blood Not Brass’, explaining that “It’s based on the idea that how you feel on the inside isn’t necessarily the same as how you appear on the outside”. After ‘Aint Nothin’ Goin’ On’, Ben takes a moment to thank the other bands for playing tonight, the audience for coming and supporting live music and their local venue, DTFM even gets a thank you for coming to review the gig.  We’re then treated to the harmonious and heartfelt ‘Waiting On You/Moving On’, then ‘Blak ‘n’ Blu/Bright Lights’ and the absolutely phenomenal ‘Heavy Soul’. After such an engrossing performance, it is clear that we aren’t ready for the guys to leave the stage just yet. The band are keen to play another song too. As Ben says, “If we get a hint that people are happy for us to play more, we’ll carry on!” A riveting rendition of ‘When My Train Pulls In’ ensues as RAINBREAKERS ensure their sophisticated meld of blues, funk, classic rock, pop and soul will be carried in our hearts and minds for the foreseeable future. Their stunning music is accomplished and utterly intoxicating in a live setting. The band are off to tour Spain shortly and will hopefully be playing some more UK dates in early 2019; I for one cannot wait to see them again!

 

Find out more about Rainbreakers here:

Official site: http://www.therainbreakers.com/

Facebook: https://www,facebook.com/Rainbreakers

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RainbreakersUK

Buy ‘Face to Face’ here: https://rainbreakers.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-rainbreakers

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainbreakers

Read our review of ‘Face to Face’: https://www.downthefrontmedia.com/down-the-front-media/music-reviews/rainbreakers-face-to-face/

Read our review of ‘Heavy Soul’: https://www.downthefrontmedia.com/down-the-front-media/music-reviews/rainbreakers-heavy-soul-single/

 

 

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