Date: 10th November 2018
Review/Photos: Ryan Whitwell / ShotisonMedia
Miserable weather on the outside, but downstairs in The Borderline we were all drying off and anticipating a great gig from three Icelandic lads known as The Vintage Caravan.
First up were three Mancunian lads known as Naked Six. Lively stuff from this trio. Hard Rock that had a few nuances in there.
At times I’d describe them as a bit more indie, but there was certainly a bluesy foundation under the fuzzy guitar and crashing drums.
I loved the energy, lots of wandering around from the bassist. The singer/guitarist taking the moments when he didn’t need the microphone to get some exercise in, squatting and bouncing around his side of the stage. A really enjoyable act to get things going.
Before the Vintage Caravan even started, the crowd joined in with the sound check with some “Hey hey” echoing the mic check. Was a good indication as to what crowd we had in for this gig, namely, a vocal one.
Plenty of banter between songs which just added to the lively mood. Talk of possibly eating a dodgy chicken burger made me a bit nervous standing so close to the bassist.
There was a slightly more somber moment as the band played Innerverse. Was a nice contrast to the bigger sounding fuzzed out riffs we’d been hearing already.
I loved the guitar tone tonight, mostly clean and a warm tone with some wah in there at times, the crisp guitar solos were great alongside the bass that was really pumping out in The Borderline.
Big headbangers got the active fans moving. The penultimate song having a big heavy beat that got fists pumping and hair flying.
Nice extended solo for the final number, Expand Your Mind, drawing the set out a few more minutes much to the delight of us fans. There was even some clapping along as the band flew into a high octane solo break before dropping back to the main riff.
Huge cheers when the band came back on for a brilliant cover of The Chain for an encore. A good sing along to use up whatever voices were left after the cheering. Before surprising us by continuing the encore with another number.
Overall it was a full on and well-executed show with a great party atmosphere in the crowd.