Be Blown Away on Good Friday with Gallon Drunk
By Steve Harland
Wednesday 16 Apr 2014 11:15:00
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London’s Gallon Drunk return to Teesside on Friday, 18th promoting their new album, ‘The Soul Of The Hour.’ If it is anything like their last appearance at the Georgian Theatre then it will be something to savour.

Gallon Drunk’s gig at the Georgian was one of the most pulsating live gigs I witnessed in the past eighteen months. Don’t just take my word for it either as amongst the crowd of revellers was one of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds up in Stockton to take in the full force and fury of Gallon Drunk.

Gallon Drunk + Ruby & The Mystery Cats + Claire Louise @ The Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough, Good Friday 18th £9 advance £11 on door.

The new album, ‘The Soul Of The Hour,’ is said to be a complete change in direction to the previous release of ‘The Road Gets Darker From Here.’ So, can’t wait to hear that as well.

Starting off in the early nineties the band feature vocalist/guitarist James Johnston who spent time in Nick Cave’s backing band The Bad Seeds and Faust whilst sax player Terry Edwards has a CV that would impress anyone – starting out with The Higsons in 1984 he has also performed with numerous musicians including PJ Harvey, Tindersticks & Tom Waits, as well as record material under his name with his backing band The Scapegoats. Edwards has also written tributes to The Fall, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Napalm Death.

Gallon Drunk take on a hybrid of punk/blues/jazz and rockabilly. The band played a raucous performance in Stockton at the Georgian Theatre back in December 2012 and the new album places an emphasis firmly upon hypnotic, locked down grooves, free flowing instrumental passages and all manner of European inspirational music that courses through the band’s collective bloodstream. Gallon Drunk have stretched out their music into thrilling and unfamiliar shapes. An emphasis upon a more focused, disciplined attack has fashioned a compelling musical wall of sound of considerable power, melancholy and fury. ‘The Soul Of The Hour’ offers heartfelt songs of dread, sadness, love and anguish, ever reaching for the transcendent moment within the incessant race against the passage of time.

Wearside-based rockabilly outfit Ruby & The Mystery Cats and locally-based torch noir singer Claire Louise provide what looks like being an eclectic mixture to get the Easter Weekend off to cracking start.

If you bring a copy of the April issue of The Link magazine to the gig you will receive a £1 discount off the door admission price. Tickets are £9 Advance or £11 Door. Students and UB40 holders can gain admittance for a fiver but they must bring proof of ID.

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