The Globe was full the scene was set and Laurence Jones stepped on-stage to a resounding cheer, he just keeps getting better and better, his vocals soar above the impeccable guitar sound he produces on every song, what a fabulous young artist. The rhythm section provides not just a solid base but artistry and a depth of sound that bounces off the dancing fingers of Laurence over the frets. Roger Inniss is becoming a double act with Laurence as they bounce of each other’s music and the cheeky watching over Laurence’s shoulder adds such entertainment value that you are entranced by both of the dancing hands across their chosen guitars. Miri Miettinen the drummer all the way from Finland is the perfect backdrop for the extroverts up front with a perfect tempo and drumming that has texture and form counterbalancing the dancing melodies from Laurence. Tonight we heard something new, something old and definitely something blue with Good Morning Blues the Leadbelly number he will be playing at the Leadbelly festival on the 15th June in the Albert Hall. The tempo went down with an inspiring and emotionally drenched version of Whisper in The Wind, from his album Temptation dedicating the number to Tony his beloved uncle and were we in for a bass moment of magic thanks to Roger and his six-string. We heard stories as he engaged the audience with his youthful exuberance to life and above all guitar playing as delivered whether playing Hendrix or his own tracks like Stop Moving The House.
Forty minutes were far too short for this band and a young man whose stage presence is growing in stature along with his vocal tone they are still playing second fiddle to his dazzling guitar playing, his fans will stay loyal and new ones were made tonight. With all the touring he is planning in 2015 I know he will be back in Wales on 10th July at Beaufort Theatre so a chance to see a longer set full of his soon released album, Whats It Gonna Be. For the rest of the tour dates see the TOUR.
What a fabulous energizing set that warmed The Globe as the packed house were pumped up with adrenalin fuelled music still pumping through their veins and now a breather before King King conquers Cardiff.
The venue was hot, packed noisy and excited as the multi-ward winning, and undoubtedly one of the best British blues bands on the current scene, the foursome were off ready to entertain. They started with a storm in the shape of Hurricane from their forthcoming third album Reaching For The Light, available for pre-purchase while they are on the current tour. This was pure King King combo with Lindsay Coulson playing bass guitar accentuating Alan’s scintillating guitar chords, the distinctive crescendo of cymbal and drum combination delivered with poise and control by Wayne Proctor the granite bed rock of the band this duo deliver every time picking up the tempo and creating perfect shapes for the music. This is then melded together and developed with layers of colour with the combination of Bob Fridzema’s skills with his hands skipping across the keyboard and the dancing feet across the pedals as the sound soared up high and across this old cinema. Up front the fourth link in the musical puzzle that is King King Alan Nimmo with his harmonious and powerful vocals that makes the words sing whether on tracks like More Than I can Take with its funky edge or ballads and the guitar playing is six-stringed enchantment.
Tonight we heard rock/blues that is King King’s special interpretation of the blues that is sharp and modern, every album has had a different sound and the third album has an edgy heavier sound, this is the combination of drums played by Wayne with considered purpose so that ever drum beat adds to the musical story unfolding across the tracks complex rhythms and delightful fills from his cymbals, he never dominates but is always present. This creates a slightly more menacing sound at times and certainly adds excitement on tracks like You Stopped The Rain dedicated to Alan’s brother Stevie. The musical interplay between the four musicians is a joy to behold this is entertainment and stagecraft fused together so that whether you are hearing tracks for the first time or repeatedly they always have a special captivating energy. Alan Nimmo knows that with a twinkle in his eye, a swirl of his Red Kilt he has all our attention and then with a deft pluck of the strings, caress of the fret and that mellow Glasgow accent he has everyone eating out of his palm. When he sings we have the luscious cherry on top of the sweetest musical cake that is for me simply perfection when he sings Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, the audience agreed as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife, it is so powerful as it connects to your musical backbone my King King moment of the night.
Tonight they delivered a stunning set that encompassed every moment of the amazing King King discography tonight with the added delight of new tracks that we will grow to love as much as Old Love Alan’s signature song as the guitar falls quieter and quieter most of the audience stays silent but there always has to be one whose conversation is their centre of attention but that is unfortunately the negative part of the live music experience. We loved singing along we loved being King King’s echo we wanted more but Sunday curfew won the day. Tonight King King Rocked the roof of The Globe in Cardiff, catch them live on the tour you will not be disappointed this is a knock-out; sell-out tour so get those coveted tickets now! TOUR DATES