Gig review: THE TEXAS FLOOD, Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli, 14 November 2014

THE TEXAS FLOOD, Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli, 14 November 2014The opening slot on any of the stages can be daunting but for The Texas Flood it’s even more so as these young guys take on their biggest gig yet. After going to Glasgow and winning the top slot at the HRH Highway to Hell event which has not only given them this opportunity but also sees them taken under the wing of Off Yer Rocka Records to push and promote their debut album ‘Young Dogs, Old Tricks’.

There was a lot of chatter about them which ensured a very good turnout for this early afternoon set when normally most of the crowd would still be recovering from last night’s hangover.

THE TEXAS FLOOD, Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli, 14 November 2014

When drummer Tom (Williams) was asked ‘are you nervous about the set’ he replied ‘we should be ok’ and they certainly were; even if they were secretly nervous as hell it didn’t show in their performance.

The album title says it all really, for such a young band they not only have a great vintage R&R sound but also play with such quality and style that belies their young age.


Sure the sound isn’t new but Rock and Roll isn’t new, it’s been around since before Les Paul first took a bit of wood and made his first guitar, but it’s the way that bands interpret it and put their individuality into it that makes one band stand out over another.


Kicking off with ‘Cards’ which does as it says and lays out their Rock and Roll style: detailed riffs and lead licks from Tom (Sawyer) mixed with the melodic bass-line from Ben (Govier) and all held together by Tom (Williams) beating the skins at the back.

THE TEXAS FLOOD, Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli, 14 November 2014

With big songs like ‘Rock and Roll Queen’ and ‘Let The Wind Blow’ the crowd are lapping it up and the band seem to be relaxing and enjoying the show. Topping off with ‘Worth The Whiskey’ they receive huge applause and cheers from the crowd who have just witnessed a great set by these young guys.

THE TEXAS FLOOD, Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli, 14 November 2014

Sure the sound isn’t new but Rock and Roll isn’t new, it’s been around since before Les Paul first took a bit of wood and made his first guitar, but it’s the way that bands interpret it and put their individuality into it that makes one band stand out over another.

The mixture that these guys put on it does make it stand out, melodic bass lines and catchy rhythms and a great stage presence will ensure they will build more crowds the more they play.

Setlist: Cards, A Little More (Frog Song), Rock and Roll Queen, Gambling Man, Honey, Long Time, Let The Wind Blow, Bulletproof, Worth The Whiskey

Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley

Album review (Young Dogs, Old Tricks)

Hard Rock Hell (16 November 2014)
Vardis (Hard Rock Hell, 15 November 2014)


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