Gig review: BROKEN WITT REBELS – Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

Another new venue to me, although it has been hosting gigs since the early 1960′s, albeit then under another name, The Pindar of Wakefield. Bob Dylan, the Pogues and, err, Katy Perry have graced the stage here. A front bar/dining area leads through to the dance floor/stage area which was packed ahead of the gig.

Tonight was a band showcase and I was here to see the Broken Witt Rebels play a gig to promote their upcoming and rather good EP, ‘Georgia Pine’. The band hail from Birmingham and the line-up consists of vocalist Danny Core, guitarist James Tranter, drummer James Dudley and Luke Davis on bass.

BROKEN WITT REBELS - Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

Photo by Eric Duvet

Kicking off their set with the awesome song ‘Low’ (the stand out song for me on the new EP) showed a real statement of intent from the band. They tore into it as though their depended on it and in particular vocalist Danny Core, who was so into the music it looked as though he was in the midst of some religious enlightenment.

For a relative new band they play an extremely tight set and can connect with their audience, something many bands starting out lack or try to hard at. For the Broken Witt Rebels it comes naturally and they have the songs to back up their musical prowess like ‘Shake Me Down’  and another blues based foot stomper ‘Burn Bright Like A Cigarette’. The title track of the new EP was another set highlight and the band showed a stage craft way ahead of where they are in their formative career.

BROKEN WITT REBELS - Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

Broken Witt Rebels maintain a humility on stage thanking their audience and meaning it, yet have enough talent, songs and self-belief to push them onto bigger stages and success.

Many bands have the tag ‘next big thing’ or ‘the saviours of rock ‘n’ roll’ tagged onto them by over enthusiastic reviewers, yet disappear without a trace. I will say Broken Witt Rebels have the work ethic and drive to become a bigger name, plus they will give you a damn fine rock ‘n’ roll show and you’ll leave their gigs wondering when you can next see them again.

BROKEN WITT REBELS - Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

Review by Jason Ritchie
Photos by John Bull, except where stated

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