google5fdb2843fc4f1b5b.html Rock Chic: Slydigs - O2 Academy Bristol, 16/11/15

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Slydigs - O2 Academy Bristol, 16/11/15

Whatever your views on Mancunian acts, forget all the stereotypes as Slydigs are one of a kind. 

The Warrington four-piece who comprise of Dean Fairhurst(vocals/guitar), Louis Menguy (lead guitar), Ben Breslin(bass) and Pete Fleming (drums) were the opening act for Vintage Trouble at Bristol’s 02 Academy tonight. This is one big job, but with their brand of bluesrock ‘n’ roll they absolutely pull it off.

Tonight’s crowd were suited and booted in vintage attire, from waistcoats, bracers, hats and pinstripes with the added cool of a leather jacket. It’s like the slickest fancy dress party you’ve ever been to, matching the band’s attitude entirely. 

Through their hybrid of modern and 1950/60’s look and sound, their Northern spirit shone through every note. ‘Catch a Fading Light’ showed off Dean’s lazy howl and proves that here are a group of mates that do it for the love. No fakery here, just garage-generated home-grown music that sounds already established. ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ was pure, raw rock ‘n’ roll, throwing a huge nod to the Black Crowes with no shame. Standing at the bar, whispers of Cream and The Quireboys could be heard, accompanied by nods of appreciation.

Chatting to the crowd (in between swear words) in their strong and proud Manchester accents, this lot are so laid back it all comes too easily. Reminiscent of Rhys Ifans character as the flatmate in the movie Notting Hill, I’m surprised they didn’t mosey out in their underwear and settle in. 

From low down ‘n’ dirty blues, to soul vibes generating nostalgic and melancholic emotions, while uplifting the crowd and surfacing the need to sing along all at the same time. Tonight this band embraced the chance to show off their catchy riffs and heavy vintage rock that’s full of attitude and character.

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