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LIVE RAGDOLL AND THE DATE THE PADDO DECEMBER 11 2013

LIVE REVIEW - RAGDOLL AND THE DATE THE PADDO DECEMBER 11 2013

 

RAGDOLL & THE DATE ROCK THE PADDINGTON ALEHOUSE

There’s plenty of great live music out there if you look for it and a low key evening at The Paddo always serves up something a little different. Sadly we arrived late and missed what we were told was a great set by Red Embers, and while crowds on nights like this are always a little sparse by the time Hard Rockers Ragdoll came on there were a good few in the back bar.

 

Ragdoll loves to mix it up and do things a little differently and it often feels like it’s more about them pushing themselves as artists and looking for new and different angles for their music as it is anything else.
Tonight saw Leon Todd take up and acoustic guitar to burn through some of the bands newer numbers before an appreciative crowd.


Musically Ragdoll has come a huge way over the last two years and the hard work and dedication has paid off – making them a truly world class act that we may not get to see on such small stages in the not too distant future.
Barrett’s drumming and Rafferty’s vocals as of curse just as important a part of the mix as Todd’s  guitar gymnastics and tonight despite the heat the band is firing on all cylinders.


 

Opening with ‘The Feeling’: a great song, heavy on melody; it’s immediately apparent that this semi-acoustic treatment works beautifully.  By the time they hit the groove at the end of crowd favourite ‘Here Today’ the delicate acoustic interplay is making this little venue sound like the big stage.


Even the songs you didn’t quite expect to work so well shine - like the usually storming ‘All I Want’ which closes with a wonderful acoustic riff which gives the sound a completely different texture that gives it an almost choral, mildly orchestral finish. It’s a great set by a band with few peers left in town.

 

Prior to Ragdoll taking the stage we were treated to another shade of hard rock from Perth band ‘The Date’.  The Date is a band that has an altogether more blues based sound, a sharp sense of humour and an ear for a killer guitar lick and a fine, if left-of-centre lyric.


‘Strictly Pace’ is one of their finer moments tonight, a great song infused with great blues guitar, and a riff that has a pure hard rock soul. David Moran is a front man that could hold his own with most, he’s not of the Dave Lee Roth mode, more of an enigma, who you feel would be equally comfortable doing a stand-up routine.


 

The Date’s is a set that combines blues and humour so well: ‘Build your Bunker’ takes us to an end of the world scenario and we are told that we should all be out there ‘filling our bunkers full of goodies, and buying weaponry’. The reason it all works so well is that the humour is just out there on that edge where you aren’t quite sure if there’s a tongue firmly in cheek, or if Moran has let his secret plans slip. Either way there’s some nice bottleneck.


The Date has a great sense of feel and a real understanding of dynamics and hit us with a slower number bidding us to ‘grab a drink or grab a friend, or all three’. That’s followed by the single from March – ‘Let Me Drive’ again it’s introduced with a short tale – “You know the rules; you make a mistake and have to grab a car which might not be yours to get out of town”. It’s cool real RNB in the way that bands like Dr Feelgood used to understand it.


“So you’re looking down from 18th floor apartment with a hunting rifle, a friend and some nibbles” – ‘Looking Down’ could almost be metal if not for the funky breakdown and that is all part of the band’s charm – you really don’t know what to expect and the real groove-laden blues of ‘Driver To You’ is serious stuff.


Great Blues-based hard rock makes The Date a band to put in the diary if they aren’t already there.

 

 

by Mark Diggins December 2013

 

 

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