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...was the best I've ever seen him. That's arena quality, that is.
Bonus points for CHUCK FUCKING RAGAN SUPPORTING. :-D
Ridiculous seeing him somewhere so big. Seems only yesterday he was playing to me and about 10 others at Basingstoke Silks Bar.
Thought the set lagged a little in the middle, but a storming beginning and ending.
But this is the first time I've heard the full band setup actually work - in smaller places the 'leccy guitar sounds ass, and Frank's acoustic's pickup gives that guitar a lot more room in mahoosive venues.
releasing better records and touring with bigger and better acts.
It's hard to say this and not sound like a total prick (which goes for pretty much everything I say), but only his first demo was any good. The first EP was OK then both his albums were awful. But I'll back away slowly and let this be a positive thread now.
and various things after that.
He's great live though. Quality performer who knows how to work a crowd and get a great response from them.
But I'd say EP + first album = fantastic, and then album two felt wrong, like a halfway house of production. He was basically aiming to be Counting-Crows-meets-Lemonheads-esque but didnt have the production backing him up.
And then there's album three (recent one) which has worked a lot better - a lot fuller sound. Production is much better too.
But *really* after album one those songs are only good/great when they're live.
And the indie kids are proper crushing because now NME has finally given him some time.
he's playing Brixton Academy towards the end of the year
so i guess so
Nice chap, catchy songs, good voice, great performer and the odd decent turn if phrase. Hardly tearing up the rule book, but pretty decent nonetheless.
the band never made much sense to me. Having seen him play pubs and houseshows for ages hearing him with the band usually felt washed out and blanded down but playing this set like they're some kind of E-Street Band it all fits. They were really good.
Chuck Ragan was excellent as well, would love to see him do that in a smaller venue.
they seemed so odd in smaller places
the band never worked for me until he played the NME tent at Leeds last year, when it really, really, really did.
I AM A...FRONTIERS MAAAAAN.
Also, does Chuck ever play any Hot Water Music songs?
Also yes, he's brilliant, as long as you like country. Think New Amsterdams with choppier changes and Ragan's mega voice
They are indeed, I have a ticket for the Portsmouth show.
i read a review that said if you didn't know otherwise you'd think he's always been/was born to be a singing of this kind of raw country stuff
i love the little echoes of hardcore guitar lines though it's awesome. somewhere between one and t'other.
I'd say Chuck was quite probably the best I've heard.
and his Revival Tour idea sounds pretty hot.
Revival t'other year was amazing http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/revival-tour-chuck-ragan-tim-barry-ben-nichols/