|Vintage Trouble - York, Fibbers - 8th July 2011|
|Written by Ben Hughes|
|Friday, 15 July 2011 05:00|
"Book them and they will come".....the immortal words of Jim Morrison from Wayne's World 2. Well, torrential rain and thunder and lightning was not going to deter the York crowd from packing out Fibbers to the rafters to witness something very special.
Since discovering Vintage Trouble mere months ago, I have been looking forward to the chance of catching them live; the YouTube live footage is outstanding and it drew me in wanting to check this lot out live. So when a date was announced down the road from me at Fibbers, tickets were booked straight away. Several times this year I have seen bands at this venue play to less than half capacity crowd, so I must be forgiven for being a bit concerned that they would not fill this venue. All worries are banished on entering to a decent sized crowd that grew nearer show time, the only time I have witnessed it this packed was at the recent sold out Fun Lovin' Criminals gig here.
With no support band they hit the stage at 9.20 for a storming set. The suited and booted, sharp dressed trio of Nalle, Rick and Richard perform a bluesy instrumental to get us in the mood before Ty's entrance and they are off and running, album opener 'Blues Hand Me Down' greets the pretty much jam-packed crowd and sets the pace, its classy riff and rock 'n' roll swagger perfect for the tiny venue.
By the third song drummer Richard Danielson is drenched to the skin in sweat, shortly followed by Ty, these guys are for real. Smiling and interacting with the crowd, encouraging everyone to dance and clap their hands, you can tell they are loving every moment, and they are not the only ones.
The great songs keep on coming; 'You Better Believe It', 'Nancy Lee', 'Still And Always Will', 'Nobody Told Me' and lots of new songs were aired. Standout new track '24/7 365 Satisfaction Man' is a definite highlight.
Hard to believe they have been a band under 18 months such is the quality of their onstage craft. Ty commands the audience like a seasoned pro, and hearing a crowd singing your songs at such an early stage in their career must be a buzz. Again, it's hard to believe 'The Bomb Shelter Sessions' doesn't even get a UK release until the end of the month, they did have CDs on sale but all were quickly snapped up.
High speed handclaps are the order of the day for several songs, which proves to be tricky juggling Red Stripe, then camera. Highlight was a beautiful 'Gracefully' - so much feeling and soul and emotion all wrapped up in a song that already sounds like an old classic. Encoring with a fantastic version of 'With a Little Help From My Friends' all I can say is move over Joe Cocker! They played a great long set, and leave us still wanting more.
This band cross genres, they have just finished supporting Bon Jovi, they have recently supported Brian May. But here in small, sweaty clubs is where they are most comfortable and where they will be remembered, where they have honed their craft, and they need to be checked out now before they hit the big time.
Tonight I really feel we witnessed something special. As I walk home clutching nothing more than a signed postcard and a smile on my face, my mate Sedd reckoned that was in the top five gigs he has ever seen, I have to agree, and judging from the response on their Facebook page we were not the only ones. I posted on Facebook on returning home that Vintage Trouble blew the roof off Fibbers, and hopefully it won't be the last time they do that. I have a sneaky feeling though that they are doing gigs this good every night.
Chatting with Ty post-gig, we talk of music, how they are loving playing the UK, and how he reminds me of Corey Glover or even Terence Trent D'arby. Ty is a man with true passion and a desire to get his music to the people, and Vintage Trouble are one of the nicest bunch of guys you could meet. If you are a lover of live music you need to see this band now, this is their time.