RYDERS CREED / THESE WICKED RIVERS / THE WICKED JACKALS - The Patriot, Crumlin 20.10.18
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Saturday night in The Patriot - perfect. With the usual friendly welcome and the prospect of three live bands, this is surely a sign that live music is alive and well. RYDERS CREED will always draw a crowd and having made the not insignificant journey to play, THESE WICKED RIVERS and THE WICKED JACKALS add to the attraction.
THE WICKED JACKALS are a three piece with a raw feel and stripped down material that is wonderfully energetic. They draw on guitar hooks that aren’t overly complicated and enjoy a solid rhythm foundation that drives hard in every track.
Ollie Tindall (vocals/guitar), Lex Gifford (bass) and James Norkett (drums) were originally the
Guns of Anarchy and have continued their progress, with a particularly busy gigging diary through 2018. Their material is upbeat and the addition of new track ‘Moving On’ that has been “only practised twice” and a surprisingly rocky cover of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ make for a solid set. The usual look around to see what the response is, indicates they are well received and worthy of note - the other bands watched their set. Good gig etiquette.
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THESE WICKED RIVERS have also made a considerable journey to play tonight. That’s the result of the venue’s growing reputation and its support for bands. This four piece are in a different class but are too modest to play on this - instead wooing the crowd with their humble stage presence and wicked sense of humour.
The band have enjoyed some modest success and receive plaudits from the punters before they set foot on stage. Many who have seen them before carry smug looks and nod to the uninitiated, suggesting something special will happen. These indications are proven when the performance starts; what’s delivered is sublime with every stroke of a guitar pick being tasteful and emotional.
John Hartwell (vocals/guitar), Arran Day (vocals/guitar) and Dan Southall (drums) have recently been joined by new addition (Sam Williams on bass) and the new line up is formidable. This is a band who combine guitar hooks with a solid percussionist who at one point drives his double kick pedals like a steam train, much to the delight of drum enthusiasts in the room.
Williams is a sound tactical recruit who avoids simply sitting in the pocket, instead working his bass neck to add another melodic dimension.
Hartwell and Day are as entertaining as always and bring pure emotion to their writing, which flows from full throttle rock ‘n’ roll to the slowed lump in the throat of ‘When the War is Won’. Southall’s drum intro to ‘Testify’ is an excellent opportunity for mass guitar changes and the track itself bridges the slower approach with the big riffs that are so evident in the band’s album ‘II’. They closed their set with the goosebump and tear-inducing 'Don't Pray For Me', which as I write that sentence down gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Such a beautiful song that hits all of the right notes and a perfect end to a thrilling set.
This is a seriously talented band who live up to the reputation which rightly preceded them tonight. They get a big thumbs up from me and everyone else at the gig.
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Headline act RYDERS CREED have a tough act to follow tonight but they grab the challenge by the neck and squeeze it until a bit of wee comes out. This is a band who have the chops and stage presence that should allow them to climb the elusive music industry ladder of success.
Ryan Hulme (vocals), Lee Hicks-Spencer (guitar), Myles Cooper (guitar), Richard Clark (bass) and Lee Gilbert (drums) have only graced the stages of our great land for a couple of years but you wouldn’t think so, given how they have filled their time. With an album under their belt, and some big shows bagged, they still have their feet on the ground and are clearly enjoying being in Wales tonight.
Frontman Hulme is the consummate showman engaging the crowd and demanding attention throughout the show. His mic stand gets a serious workout throughout the show but importantly, his fellow musicians are energetic too. Clark, Cooper and (failed vegan) Hicks-Spencer work the stage around Gilbert’s kit and fill every available space with every pose in the rock ‘n' roll Karma Sutra.
The set draws from the album and the performance of ‘Raise The Hoof’ is more than a nod to Cloven Hoof - one of the bands' endorsements. I reflected on this and came to the view, why not? Product placement is a thing and above all, this is a great song (check out the video on YouTube) and is more about the band than the product, in feel at least.
RYDERS CREED has the chops, personality and talent to take what they delivered tonight to another level. Their material attracts a broad audience and has the singalong factor that will carry it to rock radio. With the prospect of Hard Rock Hell and its significant crowd numbers in November, I’ll be watching with interest to see if they’ll be the next big thing. Maybe they already are.
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