Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd.
The long awaited new album, 1 Hopeful Rd., from the hard working, blues/soul rockers Vintage Trouble has long been the hot topic of conversation for many an excited ‘Troublemaker’ as they eagerly await the release date of August 14th. They can rest assured, it is well worth the wait. It is a feat in itself that the guys have managed to convey the high intense energy they display when performing live in concert to a live recorded album, a lesser band could not have pulled that off.
But of course, Vintage Trouble boys are not a lesser band and have really been working hard these past few years. That hard work is beginning to pay off. The four piece band have gelled together so well. Nalle Colt (guitar) and Rick’s Barrio Dill (bass) performances are always in perfect sync with each other and Richard Danielson’s effortless drumming style compliments the extensive musical talent these guys have. Each of them, individually, have over 10 years experience and together they bring so much to the table. These guys were just born to perform together and share a similar sense of style, (Richard Danielson does take the award for most stylish in my book though). The vocal range of Ty Taylor is amazing and unique as he is, reminds me of several artists rolled in to one; Al Green, James Brown and Lenny Cravitz to name a few. The energy this guy has is immense and the band are a real treat to watch live especially as you never know where Ty will show up next. (Look up Vintage Trouble at Glastonbury 2015 on YouTube).
After recently signing with Blue Note Records they've just finished back to back tours supporting the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paloma Faith and more recently the boys have just finished a hectic European stadium tour with AC/DC and will soon be starting on the U.S leg. With each stop the lads are gathering more fully fledged and super loyal ‘Troublemakers’ along the way. In between all this there have been live appearances with Jools Holland, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Glastonbury, Hyde Park and UK Sunday morning TV show Weekend with Aled Jones, amongst other appearances.
The band put their success down to the support of their ‘Troublemaker’ fans, saying they are very lucky to have such support and thank the fans by making time out to sign merchandise and chat with after gigs, they often seem to be photographed in a local bar after a gig with their fans, such dedication must make their job very difficult and they are to be commended.
When I asked the fella’s about their feelings on the album and how touring with AC/DC was going, Nalle Colt had this to say, “It's a true honor for us to be supporting AC/DC one of the last legendary rock bands of our time. We found out we very much have similar backgrounds as far as inspiration like Chuck Berry , T-Bone Walker , Little Richard , Muddy Waters and more. It's been an mind blowing experience to share their stage as this is largest tour in world at the moment. Big thanks to the ACDC fans for their support and love. We can't wait to join them now here in the U.S. for the North American part Rock Or Bust World Tour. It's been a long time coming so we are very proud to finally release our new album 1 Hopeful Rd. it's basically a journal of songs from our last four years of touring. With Don Was producing we got to make the album we wanted to do. Most of it is all live in the studio and I believe you can hear it. It's an album you should experience with head phones. My favorite songs are Run Like The River, From My Arms and Another Man's Words.”
The album of 12 tracks starts with the instantly recognisable sound of Nalle Colt playing slide guitar as he opens Run Like the River, originally released on the encore edition of The Bomb Shelter Sessions. To anyone that’s seen them live, (that's another review altogether), it will instantly bring to mind Ty Taylor’s crowd surfing antics, much to the crowds delight and security’s dismay! If you're not toe tapping and head nodding or, like me, full on bopping away to this track there's something missing in your soul!
Talking of soul it's something these boys have in abundance and are happy to show us over the course of this album. As they do with track two, From my Arms, where the tempo is slowed right down to give us a more raw, soulful feel, Ty Taylor’s vocals are flawless. This leads us quite nicely along Hopeful Road to Doin' What You Were Doing, a song that encourages us to have hope and the strength to carry on, to show love and live life to the fullest.
The guys then up the tempo again for the next track, Angel City, California the bands’ nod to where they call home, where they “found their soul” and what a great rock ‘n’ roll track it is. Elsewhere, Shows What You Know is where Ty gives us a real treat with his perfect, super soulful and immense vocal range, as the tempo is slowed again with what sounds like a track straight from a long gone musical era, without sounding dated in any way.
‘nother Man’s Words one of my favourites from Vintage Trouble and a familiar track as this has been released before on The Swing House Acoustic Sessions you can feel the raw emotion that comes across through Ty’s powerful vocal performance. Another familiar track in Strike your Light (feat. Kamilah Marshall) first released on The Bomb Shelter Sessions and its back to jiggling around the kitchen for me.
The album finishes off with Another Baby and Soul Serenity and Vintage Trouble show us what they do best, a good energetic beat and a great rocking tune that immediately encourages you to get up and get your groove on and the slower tempo raw, emotive tunes with the undeniable sound of superb vocals and and that unique Vintage Trouble sound.
These truly are the most hard working guys around at the moment and yet they still manage to have such positive energy and as a bonus are lovely, friendly guys… But please don't leave it so long before the next album guys.
Words: Adele Sutcliffe