Last night Rock Royalty graced the stage at The Borderline, London. Mollie Marriott (daughter of legendary Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, and step-daughter to singer Joe Brown) was headlining the evening, which saw three very different bands take to the stage.
The first artist to play was Anna Krantz. Anna is a powerful singer. I found her songs quite moving. She has a very elegant stage presence and reminded me a bit of Celine Dion. Her style is soulful pop music. She has an EP “Connected”, which is available on Spotify and iTunes. I enjoyed her performance. She is able to really captivate an audience and I think she could go far.
The second band on stage were Pocket Dragon.
[Photo Credit: Jacob Roos]
Bio (from band’s Facebook page):
POCKET DRAGON is a 5 piece gangster funk band from London. Bridging neo-soul with fusion funk; they play that groove shit that your weird friend talks about. Since graduating from music college, the DIY group have been creating jazz with a new-age vibe in their home studio, PD HQ, leading to the release of their first EP in December 2015. Since then, they have stepped on the jazz scene playing at Cheltenham and Cambridge jazz festival as well as supporting established acts such as Recreations and Lola’s day off. Their second EP ‘Borderless’ is out now!
If you like R&B and Jazz, you’ll probably love them. I’m not a big Jazz fan so it wasn’t to my taste, but the band are undoubtedly very talented. There was a lot of technical stuff going on with the guitar playing and other musical orchestration. The singer’s voice suited the type of music well. I was at the show with my cousin who loves Jazz and R&B; she thought Pocket Dragon were the best band of the night.
Check out their music on Bandcamp: https://pocketdragon.bandcamp.com/
The main event of the evening, was of course Mollie Marriott. I thought her band’s performance was awesome. I didn’t really know much about her or her music before going to the gig last night, only what I’d seen in the press release. I’d listened to a couple of her songs online and enjoyed them.
Mollie Marriott looked stunning and reminded me of iconic female rock singers from the past, in the sense that she is definitely someone who could become an enduring rock star; she has a charismatic and engaging stage presence.
Her music could probably be described as Classic Rock or Soft Rock, definitely inspired by artists of the ’70s/’80s rock era, but with a modern twist.
The band’s performance definitely captivated the crowd at The Borderline last night.
1. Run With The Hounds
2. Truth Is The Wolf
4. Ship Of Fools
5. King Of Hearts
6. Give Me A Reason
7. Baby I Love You (Aretha Franklin cover)
11. A Million Miles
Mollie Marriott has an album due for release in September, “Truth Is The Wolf”. Her new single, taken from that album, is “Control”. It’s a great song, which sounded even better live!
Mollie will be on tour with Bad Touch in November. Tickets went on sale today: http://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Bad-Touch.htm
9/11 Plug Sheffield
10/11 Foxlowe Arts Centre Leek
16/11 The Tunnels Bristol
17/11 The Ruby Lounge Manchester
18/11 The Cluny Newcastle
19/11 The Bodega Nottingham
23/11 Stereo Cafe Bar Glasgow
24/11 Brudenell Social Club Leeds
25/11 The Empire Coventry
26/11 O2 Academy Islington London
1/12 The Waterfront Norwich
2/12 The Talking Heads Southampton
3/12 Planet Rockstock 2017 (Official)
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