Tramshed buzzing with excitement thanks Vintage Trouble
Tonight, once again The Tramshed was full with lovers of live music and the special uplifting buzz of live music. We were gathered tonight to celebrate the power of music as a common factor of joy. First, a glimpse of Ty Taylor as he acted as MC introducing the opening band Slydigs The band is a Rock n’ Roll quartet that warmed up the stage with a combination of talent, magnetism, and rawness. They connect to the audience, as they play a set full of energy and textures and tones that ensure the atmosphere is heating up as anticipation for the main act grows. Slydigs opening set though leaves many wanting more there were no bored shuffling of feet as people mentally counting down to the main event and stop listening to the music. Slydigs ensure you listen to every note. Fresh from touring with The Who, the confidence and shadows of The Who could be heard in the music. The music was full of tonal contrast with own numbers such as Easy Solutions, Truth Will Be Found, and a mellower acoustic number Catch The Fading Light. They were joined on stage by Nalle Colt, Vintage Trouble’s guitarist, and we were treated to a glorious rendition of Hey Joe. A strong support band filled the Tramshed with hot music and the audience was now definitely ready for Vintage Trouble.
The stage setting the distinctive Vintage Trouble lights unveiling the crowded venue who were getting impatient we wanted to hear Vintage Trouble’s special blend of soul-blues. The cheers rose as Richard Danielson, took his seat behind the drums, Rick Barrio Dill completing the rhythm section with his bass, then Nalle Colt picked up his guitar. The noise in the Tramshed, rising to an ecstatic crescendo as charismatic frontman Ty Taylor hit the stage with a smile. Vintage Trouble were in town and Cardiff was going to be entertained, the trouble fans were delighted. Let the music begin. Opening with Run Like a River and closing with Pelvis Pusher we were entertained, delighted by the music which had the crowds dancing with sheer joy-de-vie. Ty Taylor is the centre of attention in his white suit, gleaming smile and vocals that alternately soothes the soul and whips you up into a frenzy of excitement.
Who else gets the crowd singing in harmony with him from the off. Vintage Trouble lay down the grooves deep that is why with a quick practice sway to left, now the right then he has the whole audience swaying as a synchronized wave of energy for a whole song no-one missed a beat. This was a body of people in pure harmony with the music. The reason Ty can put on such a show is the talent of the band that surrounds him. The guitar work from Nalle is sublime, the slide work slithers over the melody. He adds gritty tones and depth so that Ty’s vocals bend around the guitar. Then the rhythm section, Rick’s bass is deep with an energy that coerced the groove into a shape that Ty can explore with Richards drumming adding an energy and a gritty beat to the honeyed soulful delivery that shapes Vintage Trouble’s sound.
It would not be a Vintage show, if Ty did not leave the stage mingle with the crowd and then rising above them standing on the edge of the sound desk. Then yes, we had crowd surfing as he is taken back to the stage over the heads of the crowds. Vintage Trouble simply personify entertainment, this is music that shows-off every aspect of life. We are there to have fun and fun we had, Vintage Trouble never lets the fans down (unless it is the fact that they didn’t play your favourite tune!). As ever Cardiff was on fine form taking every opportunity to join in the singing and Ty encouraged them so that the chorus lines rose as an anthem to the healing power of music. Tonight everyone was united in a harmonious journey as the beat slowed then speeded up again, love and hurt explored. We were together live music is a powerful force that will not be undermined by difficulties in the real world. Post referendum this was the perfect antidote. Ty Taylor must be the most charismatic performer on the planet, he is infectious. Vintage Trouble, tonight lit up the Tramshed with music, glorious and compelling music finishing the night with an encore that we all wanted to go on and on. Sadly, not to be the lights dimmed and the stage was quiet and empty but the energy was electric still throughout the venue.