I was watching Hattie Snooks, William Jacobs and David Gunner set up and doing their sound test, and it really whet my appetite for what was to follow. Hattie was stood between in the middle of the two guys, bringing an embracing sound, while William strummed and harmonised and David, accompanied with a fag, a beer and an afro - how much more rock’n’roll can you get? - added a rich depth.
After the sound check, David left the stage and didn't rejoin them until the finale.
In the sound test, Hattie's voice was soft and so, so calming, so when the first song started, strong and fast, I was shocked by the power she exuded. Flutters of vibrato, mixed with the crunch of a metal singer, puts her in a league of her own.
The guitarist's playing was absolutely solid, as well as incorporating some interesting chord inversions.
So Hatty had lulled my ears with the versatility of a fairy with a heavy metal tint, and then she changed again with the second song, which was soft and melodic.
This was followed by another original song, written in 6/8 time and, was quite simply … beautiful.
The next song was a song by the guitarist. Up ‘til now, he had only expressed himself through chords, and it was great to see him get into his element, playing something really fast and interesting, breaking free from the diatonic restraints. And there were harmonies, which I relished, mainly because they were done really well.
At the end of this, and to complete their set, David Gunner rejoined them in a song that both he and the guitarist had written. It was buzzing and full of energy, and combined their voices in a finish that I will remember for a very long time.
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