The Grazing Saints “Selene” album launch with guests Dr. Clyde, Little Red Kings, and Graham Horne at OPEN, Norwich 9 January 2015
The brilliant Grazing Saints have a super new album which they launched with this gig at OPEN, put on by Craig Hill, with strong support from Dr Clyde, Little Red Kings, and Graham Horne of the Barlights stepping in for Jessie Q and the Earthquakes who very unfortunately had to pull out due to illness which was disappointing as I was very much looking forward to them.
The new year’s music calendar is just getting up to speed again after the festive layoff and the steady stream of people coming in for this one were treated to some fine music. Graham played for half an hour or so and was followed by the good time rock and roll of the Little Red Kings who never fail to put on a show and give it their all.
One of the highlights of the evening for me was the set from Dr Clyde, who I’ve not seen since their gig here for Oxjam a couple of months or so back. The night’s acts were quite varied actually, with Graham’s solo set on guitar, the loud fun of Little Red Kings, and whereas the Grazing Saints are about power, tension, angst and intensity, Dr Clyde are unusual, varied, original and charismatic, all the bands were in fact. The dynamic of the Dr Clyde trio just works so well, super drumming from Connor, excellent bass and backing vocals from Joe, whilst the incomparable Jasper on guitar and vocals is a captivating front man who can really play. Their sound is varied with elements of blues, rock, dub, funk, The Clash and no small amount of Saharan blues rhythm which always mesmerises me. The EP is a fine work which I play a lot and have been listening to over the weekend again. Brilliantly produced by the super-talented Junior Ras it captures the Dr Clyde sound better than I ever imagined was possible. I love the way their songs build and get into my head and from the first time of hearing I have often been humming IOU, Ballad of Marvin Heemeyer, they are hypnotic with an epic feel which Junior Ras has captured perfectly and the band play live perfectly too. I love them to bits.
Dr.Clyde at the recent Oxjam event in the same venue:
The Grazing Saints are another band who captivated me from the first hearing. Brilliant songs from another trio of very talented musicians. Joe gets the sounds from his guitar which seems to come from the aching pit of his soul, the angst, intensity and sometimes raw pain of his words and vocals commands attention whilst Paul on bass, and Mich on drums are always totally on their game and ready for any of Joe’s spur of the moment divergences and impromptu ad libbing. Whilst the mighty Windows is not on the album they did play it tonight, along with the likes of Ghost Story, which is probably my current favourite. The set seemed to pass astonishingly quickly but the audience demanded an encore and they closed with a breakneck Does Your Memory Serve You Well. I have a recording of Joe’s demo of this song which I actually thinks works best for me, it’s much, much slower. Just his pained voice and strummed acoustic guitar, live though the Saints are an entirely different beast full of power and expression. Sometimes the power is restrained and at others it is totally unleashed. An astonishing and brilliant band. The wonderfully produced “Selene” is available from : https://thegrazingsaints.bandcamp.com/album/selene
Afterwards I spent a little time in the ever lovely and welcoming Bedfords Bar, where I have some photos of gigs around the place, I am very proud to have this association with Jug Jaw’s Beat Club, Grapevine, and the kind folk at Bedfords itself.
Many thanks to Craig Hill, Open, Grazing Saints, Dr Clyde, and Bedfords Bar
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014