Review by Paul Davis
The Virginmarys may have only just released their debut album (King of Conflict) after being around since 2006, but there’s been no shortage of accolades for the band in that time. They were part of the ‘HMV Next Big Thing’ series of shows in 2011, have had iTunes singles of the week in both the UK and the US, as well as the approval of none other than guitar god Slash, who they supported back in 2010. Having the most iconic rock star in the world fighting your corner can’t do any harm can it?
With the buzz around the Macclesfield three-piece, it’s hard to believe when Ally Dickaty (Vocals/Guitar) tells us they once played Birmingham and sold just 20 tickets. Those days are certainly behind them based on this showing.
Tonight’s show opens with ‘Just A Ride’ and their wide range of influences are apparent; riffs are reminiscent of Zeppelin and AC/DC while the vocals are at times, more Nirvana than 70’s classic rock. Also taken from the King Of Conflict album are the bluesy ‘My Little Girl’ and ‘Dressed To Kill’, the latter being closest the Virginmarys get to a ballad. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is a fan favourite and an explosive way to end the night.
As impressive as the whole band are, drummer Danny Dolan is a livewire and a sight to behold. With no single frontman Ally Dickaty and Matt Rose (bass) occupy each side of the stage, Dolan more than fills the gap, often on his feet raining blows on his kit, which just about survives the evening.
It’s clear that this band is going places and I get the feeling they’ll be featuring quite heavily when festival season comes around. First though however there’s America to conquer with a coast to coast tour happening during the next couple of months.