Dan Patlansky and Mollie Marriott - Live Review
With a pretty much sold out tour of the UK, Dan Patlansky’s time is now! But before he takes the stage Mollie Marriott does her thing.
Due to a clash of events we had to trundle over the Pennines for this show and if you have never been to The Backroom at The Greystones in Sheffield, you are missing an absolute treat as I discovered on my first visit to this excellent venue. The music room at the back of the pub is perfect for gigs with its great sound and lights. And if that wasn’t enough the pub serves at least 12 real ales along with great food, but this isn’t a review for one of Egon Ronay’s guides! Back to the music…
Mollie Marriott’s star is in the ascendancy following the release of her stunning debut album Truth Is A Wolf last year, an album I have on regular rotation. This evenings performance features a selection of cuts from that album Run With The Hounds, Truth Is A Wolf, Transformer and Control. Mollie’s voice is stunning all the way though and her band now tighter than ever, playing to impress. The cover of Tom Petty’s I Should Have Known It is the icing on the cake for what is a stellar performance, sadly way too short.
I am perplexed. Why Dan Patlansky isn’t headlining bigger halls in the UK is beyond me and with this being the fourth time I have seen him perform he just gets better and better.
Donning his battered Stratocaster, he and his band launch into Johnny and Never Long Enough from his latest album Perfection Kills, and they are laying waste to the audience who are rammed into this room with the sweat dripping off the walls - perfect.
Although Dan’s style owes more than a nod and wink to Stevie Ray Vaughan he wears his main influence on his sleeve as he dedicates a version of B.B. King’s You Upset Me to the big man himself, his guitar skills are killing me with it’s perfection and there is a nod to Jimi Hendrix later in his set.
His appreciation of support from all corners is palpable too. With nothing like Planet Rock in South Africa the only people who get airplay are the likes of Justin Beiber, so blues rock like Dan’s is even more niche down there than it is here.
His guitar sound has more of an attacking feel, more aggressive which I prefer as he ably demonstrates on Bring The World To It’s Knees with it’s slow heavy grind; it was also his breakout single and a “hit” on YouTube. Move over Joe Bonemassa, you have competition and this man means business!
Tonights performances were an absolute joy for the audiences to experience from two stunning artists who deserve, and are sure to get, much bigger stages in the future. Mollie Marriott is on tour with Wilko Johnson in a couple of months and Dan Patlansky will be returning later in the year - I personally cannot wait!