Four very accomplished musicians with a clear love of the classic rock sounds of the 70s and beyond working together as a tight unit. Owen Davidson in true Hughes style fronted the band on bass and demonstrated a vocal range that matches the man, in one breath way down in the baritone holler territory the next soaring up high on the falsetto scale. 23 year old guitar gunslinger Ben Bicknell, playing only his 5th gig with the band was sublime taking on the guitars of Galley, Blackmore, Page and Bonamassa peeling off licks and solos like a seasoned pro. Jon Amor Cooke added deep textures on piano and organ while Johnny Sequeira pummelled the drums with controlled aggression.
Throwing all those sounds together with added Led Zeppelin and solo Bonamassa work made for a cornucopia of sounds and a set that veered from the very early 70s through to recent years and it was lapped up by a very appreciative Boom Boom crowd. A throbbing BCC cut One Last Soul was an early indicator of the prowess on show as heavy bass lines underpinned Bignall’s incessant riff. The Trapeze classic Medusa was an early highlight built on a monster funky groove of Davidson’s bass lines and howling vocal, Sequeira’s drum fills and Bignall flayed his Gibson like a flashing blade sending out a rabid solo.
Led Zep’s Blues infused soundscape Tea For One was excellent in its execution, a real slow burner, the heavy duty melody pumped out under Bignall’s loping riff and fluid solo while Davidson went deep and languid on the vocal. Bonamassa’s ballad Sloe Gin was a treasure to listen to, the keys swirling away over the rich melody and Bignall was positively outstanding on the emotion fuelled wrenching solo and from there it was headlong in to a thundering heavy duty roar through Purple’s Stormbringer all power and pomp.
The Hughes Thrall combination surfaced on the muscular riff heavy Muscle and Blood, the throaty vocal thrown down on a dirty rhythm section groove and more hard edged Bignall riffs. BCC’s Cold and Purple’s mistreated were given the epic treatment these anthems deserve, the dark brooding melody of Cold lifted by Davidson’s imploring hurt vocal.
On Mistreated the dense Bluesy vibes punctuated the melody, rasping vocals boomed out amid more guitar sonics from the hot shot. And finally the Trapeze epic Jury oozed out in dark malevolent dangerous style with one last chance for a Bignall flash of the Gibson blade. Black Country Community an excellent band that put on a great show and four men that love what they do and appreciate the response from their audiences. Review by Nigel Foster
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