at The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., August 2, 2011

It’s a rare event coming out of a show having seen a performance so exhilarating that you just know you are witnessing the birth of something really special. The name Vintage Trouble, who hail from the United States and Sweden, may be a band that’s unfamiliar to you at the moment, but that looks certain to change very soon.

Support slots with the likes of Bon Jovi and Queen’s Brian May, along with a raft of their own shows over the last few months — playing any venue that would have them — has really created a buzz around the band, so much so that legendary manager Doc McGhee (Kiss, Mötley Crüe) spotted their potential and signed them up after witnessing one of their shows.

An appearance on Later… with Jools Holland sent Twitter into overdrive, and their debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, recorded mostly live in the studio over three days, crashed into the UK Top 50 this week.  Not bad going for a band who only formed a year and a half ago.

Putting the Rock into Soul and the Soul into Rock, Vintage Soul evoke memories of the classic acts from the ’60s with lead singer Ty Taylor possessing a voice forged in the spirit of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam Cooke… and that’s quite some praise.

It’s not often that you get to hear a voice as soulful and pure as this, and Taylor, bedecked in a snappy suit with the moves to match, is a real star in the making.  Guitarist Nalle Colt is the perfect foil, adding the grit and Rock ‘n’ Roll to the sound.  The band, completed by Rick Bario Dill on bass and drummer Rick Danielson, were so tight you’d think they’d been playing together for years.  Songs like the riotous “Blues Hand Me Down”, the naughty “Pelvis Pusher”, and the beautiful, sultry “Not Alright By Me” really hit the mark perfectly and showcased their potent blend of Soul, Blues, and Hard Rock to perfection.  The music was utterly compelling, bursting with energy, and it was absolutely impossible to stop your foot from tapping along.

Tickets for the show sold out in no time and those lucky enough to get their paws on a ticket can say with pride that they witnessed Vintage Trouble when they played in the clubs… and one thing is for certain, they won’t be playing small venues for much longer and for six quid for a two hour show, this was the bargain of the year.  Once the word gets out, the world’s best kept secret is going to hit the big time!


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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