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Marty O’Reilly‘s last show here led to a standing ovation after the first song (a tense, brain-shredding extemporisation on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Smokestack Lightning’). By the end of their set we all knew we’d been in at the ground floor of something special.
And so it proved…back for a 6-week tour of the UK and Ireland, and with a European release for their insanely good debut album ‘Pray For Rain’ confirmed ahead of time, stuff is happening for the MORATOSO tribe, who will this year be a quartet with the silky skills of drummer Matt Goff added. Expect more fireworks, more genius and more heart-stopping moments. They loved Kelvedon as much as we loved them and they cannot wait to come back.
We need something strong to take the stage before the whirling maelstrom of the Old Soul Orchestra and when we found Winterhours quite randomly on a boat on the south bank of the Thames it was true love instantly – a tuneful throb displays influences of the best melodic rock of the last 40 years, all performed with the insouciance and light swagger that you want from your rock stars.
“Winterhours perform some pretty affecting, powerful and most importantly, hook-filled music” – Jeremy Lloyd – Lassiez Faire Club
“They have a sound reminiscent to Band of Horses’ early albums with a mix of energetic rock and roll fuel such as Kings of Leon” – Ffi Davies – Alt Sounds
You know us, we love to mix it up a bit, so Freya Roy is the perfect foil for two testosterone-heavy sets of rock gods – at just 18 years old she can hold her own against these manish-boy upstarts.
She flips her deft fingers across an electric fretboard with influences of latin, jazz and contemporary pop music that clearly comes from within. Amongst her peers she is a confident, strident voice in a sea of ‘fey’.
One to watch, now and forever…