And they call it rock and roll! Charlie Watts once said something along the lines that rock & roll was 95% hanging around.
Last night Dan Baird’s Homemade Sin didn’t have the benefit of being able to test that theory. With the thermometer topping 31 degrees, they drove all day from Scotland (7am – 6.30pm), tumbled out the van, grabbed a pizza, plugged in and took their raucous Boom Boom audience with them to rock & roll heaven, with an exquisite 2 and a quarter hour set.
Their raucous twin guitar led swagger is framed by a post Stonesy ragged approach that sometimes disguises real song craft. And just as the sing-along booming hooks kick in, the bone-crunching guitars rise again to restate the theme and hammer it home into your subconscious.
It’s all there on the songs like the aptly titled ‘Shake It Til It’s Sore’, the slow building, Neil Young influenced ‘Crooked Smile’, the rapturously received ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself and an unlikely celebratory cover of Ringo’s “Don’t Pass Me By’.
Then there’s Baird’s penchant for story telling narratives, as on the stuttering rhythm of the poignant ‘Fairground People’. He tells us it’s about the kind of people who fix things for you and get treated like white trash: “Fairground People, out working in the sun, fairground people we’re born on the bottom rung.”
At one point Dan stops the band to emphasize that we’re all here to have fun, with the suggestion that he’s not up for a night of retreads, though it didn’t stop him from rocking the roof off with ‘I Love You Period.’
And as he and fellow guitarist, the mighty Warner E. Hodges swapped lead vocals and heavy duty riffs in a display of consummate stage craft, it was apparent that they were living up to their promise of having a good time.
Earlier on, the up and coming Chris King Robinson showed that you don’t have to have an old head on young shoulders to funk up the blues with conviction and colour it with a deep expressive tone.
His short but well received set promises more good stuff in the future.
Review by Pete Feenstra
Photos by John Bull / Rockrpix
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