Federal Charm @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 10/12/15

Federal Charm @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 10/12/15

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Federal Charm @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 10/12/15

This has been one hell of a year for Stockport based Federal Charm!

From the release of their acclaimed second album, Across The Divide, packed full of classic blues rock tracks, to a support slot on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s autumn tour, a support slot with Dan Baird at Academy 3 and finally this, a headline show at The Deaf Institute to celebrate all things Federal Charm in 2015.

Support band Gorilla Riot were already in full swing when I arrived. They describe themselves as cowboy grunge rock but I would say they are closer to slower bluesy rock with some distinctly southern leanings. They seemed to go down well with the crowd and have probably picked up a few new fans. They are playing at Night & Day on 23rd January 2016 so be sure to catch them.

Federal Charm couldn’t fail and this gig was a real tribute to the success of the last 12 months. I first saw them support Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) about 14 months ago and was mightily impressed then but the new album and the time on the road has really sharpened them as a band. Tonight’s show is longer than the usual 30 minutes and it is good, very good and every bit as tight with the band giving 100%.

Silhouette was stunning but every song was excellent, so much so it is hard to pick out any other songs as highlights. Even the songs they haven’t played for a while sounded like they have played them everyday for the last 6 months.   And it left you with a lovely warm feeling, like you have just had several mugs of mulled wine.

It is often questionable when a band plays a cover, especially a song by Led Zeppelin, but they put enough of themselves into it to pull off Nobody’s Fault But Mine. There was no encore, the band playing straight through to almost 2 hours before hitting the curfew and then they played just one more song!

You could tell as people left that no one was disappointed by this evening especially as we all got to star in the video for the next single – bring on more Federal Charm in 2016.

 

Words and photos: Anthony Firmin

 

 

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