THE RISING SOULS / THE NAKED FEEDBACK / VELVETBOMB - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut 17.08.18

CHRIS STONES

(PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Tuts is sold out tonight for the appearance of Edinburgh stars in the making THE RISING SOULS. The band have had a significant year already with appearances at Ramblin’ Man Fair and Stone Free Festivals with some of those in the crowd tonight heralding them as the new Temperance Movement.

 

The punters are blessed with two support acts before the headliners step onstage and first of those are locals VELVETBOMB.

 

Velvetbomb are a two piece of Rob (guitar and vocals) and Dac (drums) with a sound that demands a second glance to confirm there aren’t more people on stage. They employ a gritty blues feel to the guitar riffs and powerful kick drum and floor tom that make for a powerfully tasteful delivery.

 

It’s a hot and sticky night inside the venue and Rob’s long leather jacket can’t be helping the temperature on stage but a poured bottle of water over the head helped, much to the discomfort of the slightly shocked (excuse the pun) engineer.

 

A Sabbath feel lurks in the set as there’s a darkness and groove in every track. Drummer Dac is out of his seat at one point and with outstanding track of the night ‘Bullet to the Brain’ - the crowd are completely engaged with very few waiting at the bar as is often the curse of lesser support acts.

 

The guitar laid down and left to feedback at the end of the set offers the opportunity for the crowd to give well earned feedback to this solid start to the night. It’s entirely fair to comment that this duo have the ability to increase their profile and build a wider fanbase given the quality of their live show and ability to pen quality music.

 

Want to know more? Check their socials out here -

https://www.facebook.com/VELVETBOMB/

http://velvetbomb.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/velvetbomb

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The next act are another local outfit and have a very different look to the chaps who have just stepped offstage. With sharp outfits and those haircuts with a bit left on top that this reviewer admires with poorly concealed envy - these guys ooze rock chic.

 

THE NAKED FEEDBACK is crewed by Dean Anderson (vocals and guitar), Jack Oliver (bass), Derek Whiteford (drums) and Callum Anderson (guitar), and they begin their show with a track that is instantly moody and menacing. Dean Anderson takes the opportunity to loosen his voice before the track opens up into a floor tom driven groove that employs tempo changes and clean picked guitars providing an atmospheric vibe.

 

The second track features Oliver’s accomplished bass work with a clever staccato bass line that provides a cute counterpoint to the Anderson brothers’ east coast American sounding picked guitar melodies. There are some local influences in the material as well with early 80’s independent art school vibes and an energetic urgency to the performance.

 

That energy is particularly evident in ‘Who Is She’ with its punky edge, Sex Pistols drum work and Eagles Of Death Metal backing vocals, that make it my standout track of the night. The band are clearly a band for the people and engage well with their audience, many of whom have followed the band through its career.

 

Not to be outdone by Velvetbomb, drummer Whiteford is out of his seat as the band finish strongly having warmed up as they reach the final track. There’s an early Franz Ferdinand feel with the addition of tambourine that adds sparkle and helps lift the crowd, encouraging them to move in unison.

 

There were a variety of influences in the show tonight and a number of engaging tracks in the set. They have the music, the look and the balls to do well.

 

Follow their progress here -

https://twitter.com/2NakedFeedback2

https://www.facebook.com/2TNF2

http://thenakedfeedback.com/

https://www.instagram.com/thenakedfeedback/

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Edinburgh outfit THE RISING SOULS have a late start tonight and despite some “last train” mumbles in the crowd, the lateness of the hour has ensured the Glasgow crowd are sufficiently lubricated and warmed up - like all good athletes.

 

The band play a meaty blues rock and this show has a nicely choreographed start with new guitarist Oscar De La Cruz taking to the stage alone before casually being joined by his fellow team mates Roy ‘Kelso’ Laing (bass) and Reece Braid (drums). With a rolling guitar riff, the band ease into the first track at which point frontman Dave Archibald appears. The class of the band is instantly noticeable and their blues rock material is accomplished and on point.

 

Acknowledging the support acts, the band waste no time and ensure the show flows well with a cute opportunity for drummer Braid to unleash his talents early in the show and initial thoughts that we were to hear a full-blown drum solo were silenced. The rockier tracks are balanced by tracks like ‘Walk On’ which is a slowed down, mean and down right moody song from the band’s ‘Set Me Free’ EP and is beautifully soulful and powerful in equal measure.

 

Archibald admits this is the band’s “First Scottish date in a while” and rewards the crowd with new tracks such as ‘Don’t Give Up’ which is given its first Scottish airing having only recently been brought into the set. The thunderous drum intro draws on the floor tom - something we have heard a lot through the night but not with this hypnotic rhythm.

 

The band understand how lifting and lowering the pace and intensity of a set are important and the “jammed (sic)” ‘I’m Coming’ moves from driving riffs to a break down where the crowd enjoy the opportunity to clap along. Such is the quality of the material and the consistency of the delivery, it really is an honour to see a band of this calibre in such an intimate venue.

 

‘Escape’ sees frontman Archibald don an acoustic guitar for this deep and forlorn song that uses space to emphasise the emotion of the lyrics and it’s at this point the crowd are well and truly hooked. With a cheeky Black Keys cover included and the ubiquitous encore to ensure the show ends with true theatrical credibility, the band leave the stage to a thoroughly deserved applause.

 

As the punters leave, I can clearly see exchanges of nods and smiles and hear many comment on the sheer quality of all the acts tonight. On passing the merch stall, I see queues of punters waiting to meet the headliners and that’s as good a sign of success as any.

 

The band still have a number of shows in the diary for 2018, not least Hard Rock Hell in November where we’ll catch up with them. In the meantime, track their every move here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/therisingsouls/

http://www.therisingsouls.com/

https://twitter.com/therisingsouls

https://www.instagram.com/therisingsouls/


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