Vintage Trouble live at The Forum, London – 17/11/2015
Review by Alan Walters
Photography by Jo Drake
This was the 8th time I’d seen this band and having seen them the night before at the O2 Academy in Bristol, I was already warmed up for this.
The Vintage Trouble Experience I believe is unique because of the friendliness & approachability of the band & the fact that at each gig there is a Community of Troublemakers ( Vintage Trouble fans) who meet before, during & after the gigs and keep the music alive. They also communicate and share their experiences, photos & video footage on the fan facebook page. The music and energy of the band and Ty Taylor’s ( lead singer) charm & persuasive drive to entertain & involve everyone in the room in the performance & enjoyment of the music is so compelling! Take a look at this clip from this year’s Glastonbury performance for example.
Support Band – Slydigs
Firstly we were treated to a selection of songs from the support band who are accompanying Vintage Trouble on their European Tour.
I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of them before this and was surprised to learn that they’d had a single out over 5 years ago called ‘Electric Love’. Lead singer, Dean Fairhurst & lead guitarist, Louis Menguy started the band in Warrington in 2006. Peter Fleming on percussion & Ben Breslin on bass complete the foursome.
We were treated to a great selection of rocking songs, at times Oasisesque but with distinctive clear vocals, a great rhythm section & guitar work. Songs like ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, ‘Electric Love’ & ‘Light the Fuse ( the newly released single)’ were well received, culminating in the final song ‘The Love That Keeps Giving’. A great song which I felt had a Rolling Stones tinge to it was ‘Catch a Fading Light’ on which Dean Fairhurst played acoustic guitar. All in all a very accomplished & professional performance which was their 9th with Vintage Trouble & they really connected well with the audience.
A voice is heard on the PA speakers : ‘In America they are the New Protocol of Soul! Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble’. This is followed by the 1952 version of Big Mama Thornton’s ‘You ain’t Nothin’ but a hound dog’. The signal for the entrance of the band who assemble in front of the drum kit & face each other shaking each others hands. This is the ritual before every live performance. Then the magic commences!
The performance commences with the song which is the last track on the new ‘1 Hopeful Rd. Album, ‘Soul Serenity’, a soothing, soulful song impeccably delivered. The tempo changes then with the rousing, rocking ‘Blues Hand Me Down’ where Ty gets everyone in the room involved with his feats of athleticism, twirls, jumps, cries of ‘I can’t even hear you’ & gets us to raise hands in the air & clap & just generally dance & move around to the compelling music to which we comply readily & with glee!
Ty convinces us that we are a community & we are all part of the performance & takes us back to the land of Juke Joints & tells of how his parents met & sings the song ‘Nancy Lee’ which tells us of all this. The songs, ‘Angel City’, Another Man’s Words’ & ‘Doin’ What You were Doin’ are delivered to perfection by which time we are completely aware of Rick Bario Dill on bass guitar & Richard Danielson on drums providing impeccably tight driving rhythm section. Nalle Colt on lead guitar delivers simultaneously enthralling riffs, rhythm & structure to supplement Ty’s melody lines.
At this point a couple climb up to the stage & we are treated to a marriage proposal. Thankfully the lady says yes. They are a couple who appropriately run a cafe called Nancy’s kitchen. The next song is ‘My Heart Won’t Fall’.
A Recent post on facebook describing how he first met the couple to me sums up the emotional connections of people in the Troublemaker Community.
Ok…so this is HUGE to me. While on the AC/DC tour I was walking through the 100,000 person crowd. A beautiful couple ran up to us with the most beautiful, forward, bright, loving energy. He was wearing a Vintage Trouble T-shirt. She was wearing a smile as radiant as my mother, Nancy Lee. They are from Warsaw, Polland. They become dear friends with us through social media. He proposed marriage to her on his knee on our stage in London on the “1 Hopeful Rd” Tour. They have training at one of the finest barista schools and have just opened their 1st business venture. The Nancy Lee Cafe. To say that my band and The Taylor Family could not be more honored is not words enough. With a heart bursting with joy from this act I say to this couple, “You are now part of The Taylors and thank you for contributing to the legacy of the most beautiful person I have ever known.” Gratulacje! Powodzenia! kochamy Cię!
A nice & unexpected surprise follows whereby Paloma Faith enters the stage & sings ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ with Ty. This a great exhibition of emotion & mutual admiration & a joy to witness.
The tempo is raised a few notches again as Richard Danielson delivers a driving beat on his drums & Nalle Colt’s slide guitar bursts into action & we are treated to the amazing spectacle of the song ‘Run Like the River’ complete with ‘Crowd Surfing’ & the hide & seek game of ‘Where’s Ty’ as he energetically surfs & wanders through the crowd suddenly appearing upstairs on the balcony whilst singing & telling us ‘What I want you to sing is Run Baby Run’. At this point audience participation is in full flight.
The songs ‘Nobody Told Me’ & ‘Strike Your Light’ are then followed by the guys taking a bow to tumultuous applause & then walking off stage.
After a slight pause then the boys come back on stage & treat us to three further songs, namely ‘Run Outta You’, Pelvis Pusher’ & ‘Not Alright By Me’.
Ty Taylor & Rick Bario Dill
The Band Vintage Trouble have been touring incessantly for over five years. Formed in 2010 in Los Angeles, Ty Taylor & Nalle Colt had known each other for some 14 years previous to that. Ty had been in a band called Dakota Moon which released two great albums.
They teamed up with Richard Danielson on drums & Rick Bario Dill on bass guitar & started doing residencies in clubs in the Los Angeles area to great success. They came to UK & played three gigs in London in early 2011 & then appeared on the Jules Holland Show. They played on the Brian May & Kerry Ellis Tour & toured with Bon Jovi. They toured with The Who in 2013 & opened for the Rolling stones in Hyde Park. This year they have toured with Paloma Faith & AC/DC. They have released three albums:-
- The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011)
- The Swing House Acoustic Sessions (2014)
- 1 Hopeful Road (2015)
They have also recorded tracks with other artists such as Booker T & Govt. Mule.
The magic however is with the Amazing Live Performances & they appreciate their fans so much. One lovely fan in the UK has been to over 120 of their gigs & I remember her being presented with a cake last year in Bristol at her 100th gig!
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