Gig review: Buffalo Summer/Whiskey Myers – Electric Ballroom, London – 25th May 2017

I’d booked tickets for the show at Electric Ballroom so that I could see Buffalo Summer as I’ve been following them for a few years online but never seen them live. I didn’t know much about Whiskey Myers but had listened to some of their music online before the show.

Both bands were very impressive last night.

Buffalo Summer

First on stage were Buffalo Summer. Most of the songs they played were from their latest album, the excellent “Second Sun”.

They are a fantastic live band. They have a lot of energy and definitely seem to be enjoying what they’re doing! They have a dancey, bluesy, kind of rock ‘n’ roll sound and remind me a bit of bands like The Wonder Stuff.

They started the show with the funky, jazzy, rock and roll tune “Little Charles”, followed by the dancey “Heartbreakin’ Floorshakin'” and “Make You Mine”.  One of the highlights for me was when they played my current favourite track from their “Second Sun” album, the epic “Neverend”.

The Electric Ballroom was already quite full when Buffalo Summer were on stage and there was a great atmosphere in the venue.

The rest of the band’s set, which was about 45 minutes, included “Rolls on Through”, “Priscilla”, and “Down to the River”.

They ended with “Money”, taken from their latest album, another one of the highlights for me.

Buffalo Summer is definitely a band to watch. The whole band seem very at home on stage. They have a great frontman, and I’m slightly jealous of his hair 🙂 A brilliant peformance, well-worth going to see.

Whiskey Myers

The headliners last night were Whiskey Myers. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the band as I only recently discovered their music.

I was intending to stay for a few songs and see whether it was worth watching. I ended up staying until the end. Whiskey Myers definitely know how to entertain a crowd. The Electric Ballroom is quite large inside and it was full last night with fans of this band.

Whiskey Myers played for just under two hours, including an extended encore.

They are fascinating to watch. This is traditional Southern rock music played with passion. As well as the singer, who also plays guitar and harmonica, there are two other guitarists, a bass player, a violin player, and drummer, along with a keyboard/saxophone player, and another man who seemed to be playing various percussion instruments throughout the night including shaking a tambourine (as well as his head!) most of the time. He was an interesting character 🙂

The band members are all very different, a real motley crew.  They have a perfect frontman in Cody Cannon; he has an engaging stage presence and knows how to connect with the crowd. Even with such a charismatic lead singer, however, they really seem like a band of individuals and each member adds something special to the entertainment.

It’s no wonder Whiskey Myers have a lot of dedicated fans as they really do put on a great live show. They have some memorable songs too.

I wouldn’t be able to tell you what the names of the songs were that they played as most were unfamiliar to me, but I found a set list online:

  1. On The River
  2. Mud
  3. Early Morning Shakes
  4. Broken Window Serenade
  5. Lightning Bugs and Rain
  6. Some of Your Love
  7. Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd
  8. Lonely East TX Nights
  9. Virginia
  10. Frogman
  11. Different Mold
  12. Wild Baby Shake Me
  13. Ballad of a Southern Man
  14. Home
  15. Headstone
  16. Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover)

Encore:

  1. Trailer We Call Home
  2. Stone
  3. How Far

It was an enjoyable evening. If you’re a fan of Southern rock, you’ll love them.

The two bands have a few more gigs lined up in Europe, check out their websites for details.

Follow Buffalo Summer:

Website: http://www.buffalosummer.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buffalosummer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuffaloSummerUK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buffalosummer/

Follow Whiskey Myers:

Website: http://www.whiskeymyers.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/whiskeymyers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whiskeymyers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whiskeymyers/

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