Daddy Long Legs & Bones Shake @ Gullivers
Manchester Rocks reviewed Bones Shake when they supported Black Moth at the Roadhouse last year, so we just had to see them again when they announced they were playing at Gullivers. Added bonus they were supporting high energy blues artist Daddy Long Legs who were on their second UK tour.
The Church of Bones Shake is a fine place to worship their edgy blues music which they describe as “scuzzed fuzzed blues”. With reverbed distorted vocals from David, fuzzed up slide guitar from Andy and some serious tub thumping from drummer Davey they give nothing less than 100%.
Final song Oh My Lord saw David singing from a book, like he was preaching, before getting down and collapsing into the audience. Then, getting up, he anoints and blesses those at the front. It was intense stuff and a brutal performance from a band who continue to impress MR. A short tour of France is coming up, a country that really appreciates this sort of music – we wish them well.
Having just completed an Irish tour where unsurprisingly they went down a storm, Daddy Long Legs were trying out some new venues and expanding their base in the UK. This was following on from some wide reaching publicity gained from their appearance at this years SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
Most of the songs in a packed set come from their albums Evil Eye On You and Blood From A Stone. Plenty of short deep blues songs with an edge, dripping in their Missouri sweat along with the soul pouring out of Daddy Long Legs harps – his harp playing was incredible – the rocking Motorcycle Madness going down particularly well.
Tonight is also guitarist Murat Akturk’s birthday, celebrated by a supply of whiskey, which kept the band well lubricated. Akturk, along with drummer Josh Styles took a break and Daddy Long Legs sang, played slide guitar with his harp and played harp too all in Bourgeois Blues; watching him sing with a harp in his mouth was certainly interesting.
Set closer is the popular Death Train Blues and just confirms everything with its raw blues energy. The small crowd managed to call the band back for a well-earned encore of Thirty Days.
Want to check out some of their music? They have a selection of their music on Soundcloud which will give you a taste: https://soundcloud.com/daddy-long-legs-usa
Words & Photos: Anthony Firmin