Vintage Trouble & Slydigs @ The Ritz
It's not very often that the support act grabs your attention like these lads did. Warrington rock ‘n’ rollers, Slydigs have a great sound and complimented Vintage Trouble well, bringing to mind the likes of The Who, Paul Weller and the Rolling Stones but with an updated, Northern sound. Think rock n' roll with some indie in the mix and throw some northern lads in for good measure.
With great lyrics, great musically and vocally and extremely easy on the eye, what's not to like? The guys gave us a real treat as we waited for the main event, these guys know their stuff and worked well together a real tight knit unit. It's obvious from the banter that they've known each other for ages and that really comes across in the easy way they play. These are guys that are on their way up and are happy to show off their talent and what a talent it is, a name to look out for!
Their next release is Light the Fuse (released November 27th on Amazon & iTunes) is also available on Rock Band 4.
The guys from Vintage Trouble really do just keep getting better and better. These guys can raise the energy levels in a room without even trying! Ty, as ever, has the energy (and sex appeal) of 10 men and knows exactly how to use it. He invites us to get low down and dirty with him and who are we to refuse?
It starts off nice and gentle with Soul Serenity before the guys kick off a roof raising rendition of Blues Hand Me Down. The room is rocking as the Troublemakers get behind ‘their’ boys! The whole crowd are moving, dancing, swaying and singing at full lung capacity and I’m not ashamed to say I was right there with them.
I managed to get near the front this time and it was a real treat to see the passion and emotion on the faces of these guys as they treat us to the tracks from their current Album, 1 Hopeful Road with a few of the old favourites thrown in for good measure.
Ty begins to sing Another Man’s Words and the crowd are singing along with him, he sings with real emotion and its mesmerising to watch how he holds the whole room in the palm of his hand. ‘Doing What You Were Doing’ is next up before the tempo is upped to fever pitch again with Nancy Lee, a song penned in honour of Ty’s mum.
Nalle Colt (lead guitar) strikes up the opening bars of Run Like The River and the place erupts, as we know Ty will be crowd surfing, dancing with the crowd, getting us all to fever pitch before hanging precariously off a balcony/chandelier/bar top/sound desk - dependant on venue of course.
This has got to be one of the hardest working bands out there at the minute, Vintage Trouble seem to have been on tour without a break for several years with just a day off here and there, but to see them tonight on stage you wouldn't think that, they're still fresh and full of energy, their stage presence is amazing. Nalle and Rick (bass) really gel well together and seem to have got to the point that they can communicate with a look, amazing to see. Richard (drummer) quite often looks to be in a world of his own but he never misses a beat.
Pedal Pusher and Nobody Told Me ends the encore and the set, as the boys, all dripping in sweat, thank the audience and do the usual finishing up and jumping off stage into the crowd to walk off, (normally to the merch stand). Then if you're happy to queue the VT fella's will happily chat and sign anything as well as posing for photo’s! Considering the circles these guys are starting to move in it’s a credit to them that they still this hands on!
Words: Adele Sutcliffe-Saunders | Photos: Cai Dixon