Cherry Suede @ Three Sugar Loaves, Bristol – Tuesday 8th October, 2013


Review by Alaina Henderson


Cherry Suede are a four piece rock band hailing from Canada – think a mixture of Bryan Adams, Bon jovi and Jackson Browne-esque vibes with a huge twist of their own Suede charm.

After a tour of the UK earlier this year, this Autumn sees The Two Randy’s (lead singer/guitarist Randy Scott and lead guitarist Randy Young) embark on an Up Close and Personal acoustic jaunt of the country once again.

Cherry Suede have released two albums to date; ‘Long Live Rock’ and ‘Between Here And There’. Tonight at Bristol’s Three Sugar Loaves, they are bringing us a flavour of their offerings, broken down in a chilled out, unplugged evening. Showcasing songs from their latest release, such as ‘Little Things’ And ‘Don’t walk Away’ that fit perfectly as acoustic numbers, the lyrics are as meltingly soft as the melody.
Added with some usually rock-focused, upbeat songs from ‘Long Live Rock’, sweetly converted for acoustic utilisation. ‘When I’m Gone’ is an example of how great the songs are even when stripped down.

Cherry Suede
Cherry Suede

A few lively covers are thrown in too, such as tunes by Bryan Adams, perfect for a Randy Scott’s gravelly vocal, Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’, highlighted by Randy Young’s guitar solo – a sterling job of keeping up with Richie Sambora when he’s at home, plus a surprising rendition of Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’, complete with Coverdale screeching, executed pretty damn close to Mr.Trouser Snake himself.

Plus, and there is another plus, these guys are a joy to watch. If great live music, combined with funny anecdotes and stories intertwined is your thing, then this is one for you.

If you are a Suede virgin, then ‘pop your cherry’ by catching them on tour next year when they once again visit the UK.