Thursday, 17 May 2012

JAKE BUGG

Live Review

Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

You may not of heard much about Jake Bugg but it's only a matter of time, he was supporting Michael Kinuwaka and so often the support bands don't get a look in when it comes to reviews.

But Jake has a distinctive voice and style and reminds me very much of a young Davy Jones of Monkees fame and, strangely enough he has that high pitched quality to his voice which Jones also had, but that's where the similarity ends.
Jake is full of energy and that comes out in his songs, he has this modern rockabilly sound which has a sort of skiffle element to it in tracks such as Meet Me at the Railroad. However, he can knock out a mean ballad too which he showed on Someone Told Me.
He treated everyone in the Wolverhampton hall to one of his new songs, Two Fingers, which was a blues number that had definite shades of the Velvet Underground to it.
Considering he works as part of a three piece outfit they do produce a range of sounds which belie their size.
Notching things up a little with I've Seen It All he moved into a harder, rockier sound which carried definite flavours of REM.
Without doubt one of the highlights of the night was Lightning Ball which is his latest single from the album of the same name which seems to hark back to the early days of blue grass and rock 'n' roll which wouldn't be out of place being listened to on a radio during the great depression.
Jake finished off with Saffron which had a real country feel with tinges of Slim Whitman. Jake has a powerful voice and knows how to knock out a tune, he is definitely one to watch.