The evening kicked off with a band that I must confess were new to me. NAKED REMEDY have been described as “the new generation of garage rock and psychedelic blues”. This talented Midlands two-piece consisting of vocalist and drummer Dave Small and guitarist Tom Callinswood, really kicked things off in style. With hard hitting 70’s drumming rock influences to bluesy and soulful guitar riffs these guys have it all. It was just a shame there weren’t too many people that ventured out of the bar to witness this talented duo on stage.
Next to hit the stage were The Gypsy Pistoleros . These guys managed to drag a decent crowd out of the bar and lived up to the hype surrounding this appearance. The Pistoleros have a very individual self-dubbed “Flamenco, Sleaze metal” sound and it they did exactly what they said on the tin. Hypnotic foot tapping Flamenco riffs from guitarist Iggy Pistolero mixed with a heavy bass line and hip swaying beats make the Pistoleros a band to watch out for in 2012/13. Considering it was new front man DANI PISTOLEROS first outing, he looks the perfect fit and his energy on and off the stage impressed everyone. As a whole these guys were on fire! Rocking out track after track off their new album FOREVER WILD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED the attentive audience lapped up the tracks with gusto and then burst into song when the Pistoleros launched into their version of Ricky Martins “LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA”. Definitely one hell of a crowd warm up for Tyla.
Last but by no means least was the eagerly anticipated Tyla from Dogs D’Amour and fellow guitarist Gary. Donned in dapper three piece pinstriped suits, they took to the stage sitting on bar stools with only Tyla’s own colourful yet moody artwork as the backdrop for his stripped down acoustic set. It worked wonderfully with his poetic lyrics and stunning voice. I fondly remember Tyla and the rest of the Dogs from the 80’s and 90’s and the influence they had on me in my early teens and twenties. Sadly those days have passed for me (and for most of the fans), but Tyla was one of the few keeping the image alive – and looking great for it.
Originally with the Dogs D’Amour, Tyla and the rest of the band had cult success in the glam metal era when they released a stream of albums, but tonight wasn’t about any of that. Tonight was just one man and his guitar playing his heart out the only way he knew how. Whilst the Slade Rooms isn’t a massive venue, it was rammed; they listened intently, while the diehard Dogs fans at the front sang along to old Dogs D’Amour classics such as “Billy Two Rivers”, “I Think it’s Love Again”, “Angel” and my personal favourite “How Come it Never Rains”. Who needs a full band behind them when Tyla sounded that good on a twelve string guitar. The eager crowd were also treated to some of his solo songs, “Just An English Outlaw” went down an absolute storm.
In all honesty, this was one of those gigs that I’d hoped would be great and I wasn’t disappointed – my expectations were surpassed! Having not seen Tyla perform for all these years I left pleasantly surprised and I somehow think that Tyla will keep doing what he does best for some time to come – and if you get the chance, go see him!
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