Broken Witt Rebels | Water Rats | 2 April 2016
Photo credit: John Bull
Danny Core barely stands still. He prowls the stage, sizing up the audience. He shakes a raised hand, like a preacher from the Deep South, for emphasis. He falls to his knees. He drops into the crowd to kiss someone on the head. He plants his lips on bass player Luke Davis. And all the while, the dynamic Broken Witt Rebels frontman throws just as much energy at his gargled-with-gravel vocals, tearing through one dirty blues-rock anthem after another.
‘Low’, which opens the Birmingham quartet’s upcoming ‘Georgia Pine’ EP, does the same tonight, kicking off the set with a chorus as big as the band’s obvious ambition. Its chunky, Kings of Leon-sized riff, effortlessly laid down by lead guitarist James Tranter, is immediately complemented by the hook of ground-shaking, chest-beating ‘Cloud My Day’.
‘Howlin’’, with Core joining in on guitar, gives the rhythm section of Davis and drummer James Dudley plenty of room to groove between eruptions of the chorus. Tranter’s fluid outro solo sets the scene for the free-wheeling ‘Come On Over’ and explosive ‘God Knows’, both so fresh they’re not even on ‘Georgia Pine’.
Like all the songs tonight, the new EP’s dramatic title track sounds even more visceral than it does on record, while the wild, foot-stomping, good-time ‘Guns’ shoots to kill. ‘Shake Me Down’, which finds Tranter donning a pair of sunglasses and Core immediately taking the piss, builds and builds and builds up to a storm of guitars, drums, and bass, with Core’s voice soaring above it all.
And there’s still gas in the tank for a flat-out run through of ‘Queen Bee’, performed as an impromptu encore to an audience left gagging for more.
- Broken Witt Rebels’ new 5-track EP ‘Georgia Pine’ is released on 15 April.
Georgia Pine UK tour dates
15 April: Birmingham Sunflower Lounge (tickets)
16 April: Sheffield Rocking Chair (tickets)
30 April: Bedford Esquires (tickets)
Brantley Gilbert UK tour with support from Broken Witt Rebels
5 May: Glasgow Oran Mor (tickets)
6 May: Manchester Academy 2 (tickets)
7 May: Birmingham O2 Institute (tickets)
8 May: London Shepherds Bush Empire (tickets)