Gig review: The Bad Flowers/Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – 19/6/17 – Camden Assembly

I’m so glad I went to last night’s show at the Camden Assembly (formerly The Barfly). I’ve been to a lot of gigs this month, so I couldn’t decide whether to go or not.

The thing that made me book tickets was when I heard that The Bad Flowers were supporting. I’ve been following that band for over a year and love their music. It’s been a while since I last saw them live (back in October when they supported Scorpion Child), so I didn’t want to miss it. They always put on a great show and are one of my favourite bands.

It was the first time I’d seen Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown live. I’d heard a lot of great things about them. Everything was true!

The Bad Flowers

First on stage were The Bad Flowers.

They’d just got back from playing The U4, in Austria, a venue where bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Prince have played in the past.

Although the band had been travelling back from Europe that morning, the lack of rest didn’t affect their performance. They always put so much energy into their shows. This was the third time I’ve seen them and they never disappoint.

The Bad Flowers played most of the songs from their latest “The Bad Flowers” EP: “Run, Run, Run”, “Big Country”, “Can You Feel It?”, and “City Lights”.

They also played “Hurricane” from their “Killing Time” EP.

One of the highlights for me was their cover version of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Voodoo Child”. It was excellent. I suppose it’s always a risk for a band to play a song by such a talented guitarist, but they did it justice and the crowd loved it.

The Bad Flowers are a band where their songs sound great on record but even better live. If you like rock music that you can dance and sing along to and shake your head, you should catch The Bad Flowers live. As well as catchy, heavy riffs, there are plenty of relatable lyrics in their songs.

The band played a few new songs too: “Lion’s Blood”, “Be Your Man”, and “Thunder Child” (I think those are the right titles 🙂 ). They plan to release an album later this year! I’m very much looking forward to it.

The Bad Flowers are playing the Wildfire Festival next. Keep up to date with their gig news on their FB page:

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Interestingly, I first heard of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown when I interviewed Tom Leighton of The Bad Flowers last year. He recommended their “The Wayside” EP. It’s cool that The Bad Flowers ended up supporting them 🙂

Shortly after Tom recommended them, I met one of my friends at Camden Rocks last year and she also told me about them and how fantastic they are live. They are definitely the sort of band that people talk about. After seeing their performance last night, I can totally understand why.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown supported the mighty Guns N’ Roses this past weekend in London. They seem to have picked up a few fans from those performances; there were people in the crowd last night wearing Guns N’ Roses T-shirts. Last night’s show was sold-out. It was a hot and sticky night in London and the Camden Assembly  was full.

It’s no surprise Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown were chosen to support such an iconic rock band. Their performance took me back to the days when rock bands had that star quality. You still see it occasionally these days, but not that often. I’m sure it won’t be long before Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are filling arenas. They definitely have something special. If you like any kind of guitar-based music, you’ll love this band. Tyler Bryant’s guitar solos were mesmerising; he knows how to make that guitar speak.

Although I wasn’t familiar with most of the songs they played, I was enthralled by the whole performance. I knew a few of the songs, the ones featured on their excellent “The Wayside” EP.

Tyler Bryant has a magnetic and charismatic stage presence and the perfect voice for this type of music. The Shakedown are also three very individual and talented musicians. The band used various percussion instruments throughout the show to add that extra something to the songs. It’s clear that this is a band who take their music seriously; there’s a lot of technical expertise that goes into their performance. They also know how to entertain and engage with the crowd, encouraging crowd participation.  The Camden Assembly has seen many world-famous bands grace the stage in the past, including Stereophonics, Coldplay, Muse, Blur, and Oasis. After last night’s show I couldn’t help feeling that Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are following in the footsteps of those bands, on their way to the top.

They announced that they’ve just signed a record deal and will be releasing a full-length album at the end of the year. They’ll be supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Hyde Park next month.

Set list: Weak and Weepin’, Criminal Imagination, House on Fire, Downtown Tonight, Don’t Mind The Blood, Mojo Workin’, Wayside, Easy Target, Ramblin’ Bones, Lipstick, House That Jack Built, Encore: Last One Leaving.

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