The Wet Nuns
The Dead Delta
Cut Your Wings
A night of â€˜dirty blues rockâ€™, is what SOYO promised, and it definitely delivered it in spades. â€˜The Wet Nunsâ€™, tonightâ€™s headliners went out with an almighty bang. Zipping along like a crazy British alternative to Oklahomaâ€™s Blues-rock duo â€˜The Black Keysâ€™, their set captivated the large crowd.
Tonight started however, with the low-key but equally brilliant â€˜Acoustic Conquistadorâ€™. His mesmeric classical playing was a sheer joy to listen to, no more so than on the self-penned â€˜Black Coffeeâ€™. A stunning piece of music, with its dramatic but intricately placed ups and downs, the Sheffield guitar maestro had everyoneâ€™s attention. His startling mix of percussive playing and classical arpeggios joins the dots between â€˜John Williamsâ€™ and â€˜Rodrigo Y Gabriellaâ€™.
Next up were â€˜The Dead Deltaâ€™, normally a full-fledged rock n roll outfit, but with a relatively stripped down acoustic set as a duo. While many music scene critics have been quick to compare them to â€˜Black Rebel Motorcycle Clubâ€™, as an acoustic act, their â€˜Rolling Stonesâ€™ influence shines through the strongest, with singer Joe Hudson perfecting that classic Mick Jagger snarl. The slide guitar was brilliantly incorporated throughout and gave the songs a fresh injection of good old-fashioned Americana. They impressed thoroughly and looked more than comfortable on stage.
Following we see The Monicans, the alternative rock trio originally all the way from Australia! They have a strong musical chemistry and their songs were played with an audaciously free and natural feel. Their ambitious arrangements and subtle mix of 60â€™s psychedelia, grunge and indie were in broad contrast to the other four acts but it works. Undoubtedly, the highlight of their set was â€˜A Beaconâ€™, a rousing space rock jam evoking the spirit of the â€˜Pink Floydâ€™ classic â€˜Breatheâ€™.
â€˜Cut Your Wingsâ€™, the penultimate act, continued tonightâ€™s so far excellent run of exciting new music. The first thing which struck me about this band was Rob Arminâ€™s incredible vocals, undeniably raw and vicious, he commanded the stage during their extremely polished set. The drummer, Mark Flaherty was also on top form, utilising plenty of intuitive fills and played with a ferocious intensity. Most of the songs they performed during their set were fairly short but very concise and had buckets of energy and really did not put a foot wrong.
The SOYO Live crowd are now itching for tonightâ€™s headliner The Wet Nuns. The duo tore the roof off and delivered an exhilarating performance, their outstanding showmanship was backed up with great playing and was met with a fantastic reaction from the packed room. Seismic riffs and show stopping drum displays, and it ended with The Wet Nuns singer and guitarist launching himself off the stage into the ever grateful audience, defiantly crowd surfing his way around the venue like some sort of guitar demon while still managing to crack out riff after riff. Outstanding!!