Dan Patlansky in Leeds: Live Review
It's always interesting seeing a band outside of their comfort zone, in this case their zone being Manchester as we make the trip over to Leeds to catch Gorilla Riot. I'll readily admit that I have at times struggled with them live, not that they have been bad but it just hasn't hit the sweet spot, but tonight the sound is a lot smoother, bassier and it suites their southern blues rock much better.
The band are on form, as they should be, Arjun's voice has a wonderful drawl that works so well with this sort of music and there is a good sized crowd here too, enthusiastically welcoming the band as they stride through their set with ease.
Their’s is not the bounce all over the stage type show, it's about delivering the music and the songs which they do with style and humbly too like a Kerosene Crawl. But all too soon it is over with Dirty, undoubtedly winning new fans along the way.
The band know how to sell too, with a fantastic merch stall, presented by the glamorous and equally amazeballs Christina who shows how to put on display – bands could learn a thing or two from this and possibly sell more stuff!
This is the fifth time I have seen the South African guitar maestro Dan Patlansky, a man I never tire of watching and hearing as he delivers his devastating blues guitar playing. With his latest studio album Perfection Kills now well bedded in and a new Live 2018 album released just today, Dan is back. A clash with another gig in Manchester means a trawl to Leeds to this most legendary of music venues - the Brudenell Social Club – and I am not complaining at all as Leeds is an old home and it is lovely to be back.
The show darts around cuts from his different albums delighting his audience along the way. As well as his spellbinding guitar playing, the sound in the venue is phenomenal - warm and lush - which suits his sound.
Although his more modern blues rock style is what garners him airplay in this country on the likes of PlanetRock, it is the solid blues tunes that is where his heart lies. Bring The World To Its Knees being the first song of his newer style that captured the imagination of many and started the process of wider recognition and this evening it is delivered with a passion and intensity it so richly deserves!
Big Things Going Down slows things down substantially and is simply sublime, the audience transfixed. Undoubtedly the highlight of the set although My Chana takes some beating and an encore of Dog Days is well deserved for both band and audience.