BLACK CAT BONE - Poetry Club, Glasgow 04.03.19
PHOTO CREDITS: BROOKE HEASMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
BLACK CAT BONE, self-described as ‘Rock Blues with Swagger’ kicked off their small tour to promote their latest single release at the intimate Poetry club venue in Glasgow. The gig coincided with the launch of the band’s single ‘Coming for You’. Being relatively unfamiliar with the band beforehand I was keen to see what the Edinburgh four-piece could do.
Shortly after doors, the venue was fairly quiet which may have been due to the unfortunate fact that the band’s special guest Rev D Wayne Love had to pull out of his DJ set on the evening. This left a large amount of time to wait before BLACK CAT BONE’s set began which created a slightly empty feeling. Regardless of this, however, the venue gradually began to fill up to the point where there was a decent crowd for the main event.
The band took to the stage and grabbed the audience with their first song ‘Lost’ – a high energy track built on the deep fuzzy riff played by guitarist Luis Del Castillo. An excellent choice to open their set with as it immediately showcased what we were in for and upon reflection, encapsulated the sound of the band very well.
Not wasting any time the band played the new single early in the set. Another powerful stomping groove mixed throughout with dirty blues riffs and singer Ross Craig’s excellent and inventive playing on the harmonica. The song features a big tension building chorus which drops back to the main groove of the song to great effect.
By this point I was very much on board with the sound of the band. Very modern sounding while simultaneously drawing influence from blues music from the past. This was highlighted in a very interesting way when the band slowed down the pace of the night to perform a cover of the classic blues song ‘John the Revelator’. This is a song that has been covered many times by many artists but BLACK CAT BONE’s arrangement and style of this song is one of the most unique versions I have heard.
They soon picked up the pace and blasted through more of their brand of dirty blues rock. A personal highlight for myself was the track ‘Morning Light’ which was one of the band’s more pure blues numbers that flowed along very nicely. Featuring a cool beat throughout from drummer Kai Wallace and more excellent harmonica from Craig and soul filled fretwork from Castillo.
Time had now come for the band’s last song of the night. Bassist Ewan McKenna who had been faultless all night began the song with a rather unconventional bass solo. Playing his instrument with a violin bow to create some very dark and eerie sounding synth type noises making for a very cool sight in the process. This built up alongside the introduction of vocals and guitar to the track and eventually to the full band bursting into the song and the main riff. The band drop from epic chorus to quiet harmonica and slide guitar jams throughout which grabbed and held the audience for the entirety of the song, something that is very important for a long track like this. The band eventually built into an epic Zeppelin-like climax which gave every member an opportunity to lose themselves and showcase their ability on their instruments and made for a brilliant spectacle and end to the band’s show.
If you get a chance to see these guys live, do it. They know the blues and they play it very well.
‘Coming for You’ is available now on most streaming sites and along with merchandise at www.blackcatboneband.co.uk
Black Cat Bone are:-
Ross Craig - Vocals
Luis Del Castillo - Guitars
Kai Wallace - Drums
Ewan McKenna - Bass
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