Tuesday, 29 May 2012

SONS OF CALIBER

Live Review

Glee Club, Birmingham,

Supporting Gemma Hayes in Birmingham were a duo, although there are more members to the band, who were a little slow starting but soon warmed up to give a sound which had a feel of American backwoods and the sound of the mountains.

Sons of Caliber have only been around for about a year and frontman Andrew Farmer has a good voice which needs a little work but is well worth hearing once he cranks it up to full speed.
The bearded Northern Irish singer looks fearsome and could easily be mistaken for a mountain man but he has a real softness and lyrical quality to his voice which at times genuinely recreates the call of the wilderness.
Ably assisted by Michael McNeill on acoustic guitar and banjo and drawing on the band's EP The Tundra with tracks such as Young Dove their sound came across as a mixture of blue grass and depression era sounds with more than a hint of the legendary Woody Guthrie..
As a duo they were impressive, using the minimum of accompaniment to create atmosphere, it will be interesting to see them live when SoC are at full strength.