Tracer + Virgil and The Accelerators @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – 27 September 2012

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Review and photos by Russ Powney

Tonight’s proceedings take off like a proverbial rocket. Locally based Virgil and The Accelerators immediately launch into a ferocious assault, drums pounding, bass pulsing; all cemented by a gloriously screaming guitar. Fronted by Virgil McMahon oozing charisma from every pore, the pace never falters or slackens.  It’s breathtaking stuff. Virgil and The Accelerators exceed all expectations; comparisons with Cream seem unrealistic and pointless. This is a modern band playing heavy blues rock in an innovative way. Guitar spitting and kicking, Virgil seems intent on making a pact with the devil himself. It’s all over far too quickly but believe me if you haven’t seen this band you really must, you owe it to yourself.

Nominated by Classic Rock in the ‘Best New Band’ category, Tracer promise much. Aussie blues tinged rock is the formula, hard and heavy. Cocksure and full of intent, it’s difficult to believe Michael Brown and co. are embryonic in terms of band development. This bodes well and their future is promising. Indeed, according to the band, they are due to record their next album in L.A with esteemed producer Kevin Shirley, it’s release scheduled for early 2013.

Tonight sees the live debut of bassist Pat Saracino, installing himself stage left, steadfast and brutal in his bass playing. Along with Andre Wise on drums, Tracer’s rhythm section hits all the corners. Last year’s release, Spaces In Between really is a classic with its tracks forming the majority of tonight’s set. However, tracks from L.A. and 2006 release Into The Night also get an airing with ‘End of Samurai’ from the former proving a highlight. They even have time to incorporate ‘War Pigs’ by Midlands legends Black Sabbath into their closing number ‘Won’t Let It Die’.

Uncompromising in their style, tried and trusted in their approach, Tracer’s sheer vitality to play rock’n’roll embodies everything that is good about music.  Long live Rock’n’Roll.

Set List: The Bitch, Devil Ride, Wrecking Ball, Louder Than This, Don’t Forget My Name, Samurai, Voice In The Rain, Spaces In Between, Son of A Gun, Walk Alone.

Encore: Won’t Let It Die, Too Much.

And you can see more shots from the show here: