Monday, April 24, 2017
Live Review :: Jack Rocks 7 :: Sebright Arms, London - Apr 18 2017
Jack Rocks 7
Sebright Arms, London
April 18 2017
Words/Pictures: Alan Wells
The magnificent Jack Rocks 7 rolled into London on Tuesday night on their showcase tour of seven acts each with a unique sound - all with the potential to be future headliners - who will be gracing Jack Daniel's festival stages this summer.
Brought together by the genius of both JD and live promoter This Feeling, presenting new music at its finest, all the chosen bands in truth could hold their own on the biggest of stages right now. Brace yourself festival goers, you’re in for the ride of your life!
Making for a stunning start to the evening, Bang Bang Romeo invited us all to come in closer, playing dramatic and charismatic rock which builds to rousing choruses that demand to be sung back at the band. The room is captivated by the powerful, yet soulful vocals of Anastasia Walker. Big sound, big voice - what a start to the night.
Up next are White Room, the Brighton-based band who are no strangers to Little Indie. Blending dance-like psych grooves and beats with killer riffs, they have the crowd shaking and moving from the off. If you want the progression from the 'Madchester' days, then this is it.
The Wholls are recently signed to Sony and are destined for the main stages at some point. The hotly-tipped Bedford four fill a set with a barrel-load of energy, and passionately delivered lyrics over grungy guitars and thunderous drums. Pure rock 'n' roll.
Three bands in and it already feels like one of the best gigs ever. And when political punk three-piece The Blinders (another Little Indie championed band) take to the stage, it even more feels like it. Delivering an angst-ridden kick in the teeth for those at Westminster, their songs - such as ‘Swine' and ‘ICB Blues’ - are a beautiful mess of raw emotion, thrashing guitars and crashing drums.
Something for everyone in this line-up, next to arrive is the blues-infused rock of Broken Witt Rebels with a tinge of country, is sensational, with Danny Core's almost gospel-sounding vocals at times creating a wonderful mix, and showing off this Birmingham-based band's true potential.
The Sundowners are far more than a throwback, with beautiful retro styled harmonies of 60s rock, fused with psychedelic folk and plenty of modern edge, it's a utterly infectious set from the Merseysiders.
Poetry and a diablo herald the start of the final set from the Jack Jones fronted Welsh outfit Trampolene. Fast rocking and hard-hitting tracks are interspersed with more poetry and a host of visits into the crowd, off the cuff and unrehearsed, but captivating nonetheless.
If you're heading to the festivals they're playing this year you'd be mad to miss any of them. One thing's for sure, you won't see them all in a venue this size again.