Albany Down + Misty Blues + Half Moon Panic
Tuesday 27th June 2023
The 100 Club, London
Half Moon Panic opened the evenings proceedings at London’s famous award-winning Tuesday Night Blues at The 100 Club (run by Solid Entertainments). The band is currently touring in support of US Blues band Misty Blues, as they tour the UK over the Summer. As HMP’s lyrics ask: “Are they brave or are they stupid?” This evening’s festivities were giving us the chance to judge for ourselves.
From the moment Gerard Jacques, the band's lead vocalist and bassist, stepped onto the stage, the audience's attention was captured. His soulful voice resonated throughout the venue, setting the tone for an evening of Rock and feeling. Backed by the extraordinary guitar skills of Taj Mian, who also contributed vocals, and the rhythmic precision of drummer James Dixon, HMP delivered a set that was equal parts energetic and emotionally charged.
Kicking off with their catchy and energetic track, ‘Hold on Tight’, the band immediately established a strong connection with the audience. The crowd responded enthusiastically, dancing and cheering along to the infectious groove. The band effortlessly transitioned into ‘Survival’, a Blues-infused anthem that showcased their ability to deliver raw and heartfelt performances. Taj Mian's guitar prowess was particularly captivating, as he effortlessly wove intricate solos and melodic riffs into the band's sound throughout the evening.
Half Moon Panic are one of the most genuine acts around. They banter playfully both on and off stage, and there are no masks or fictional characters - what you see is what you get. This atmosphere spreads into their music, where honest lyrics are sandwiched between exceptional instrumentals and you’re left satisfied, with a good taste left in your mouth.
As the set progressed, HMP treated the audience to a blend of familiar favourites and new material. ‘Chase The Sun’ had the crowd rocking along, while ‘Beautiful Places’ showcased Jacques' vocals and delivery. The band's chemistry on stage was undeniable, each member perfectly complementing the others' skills and creating a cohesive sonic experience.
‘Second Time Around’, the title track of the band’s freshman album demonstrated the band's ability to craft reflective songs with a catchy hook and riffs.
Throughout the concert, HMP's musicianship was simply outstanding. Jacques effortlessly commanded the bass guitar while delivering powerful vocals, Taj Mian's guitar solos were captivating and filled with emotion, and James Dixon's drumming provided the perfect backbone to the band's sound. Their passion for their craft was evident in every note, and their technical expertise was a testament to their dedication and skill.
The evening concluded with a memorable rendition of ‘New Blues’, leaving the crowd craving more. The energy, talent, and connection that HMP brought to the stage were undeniable, and the audience responded with an overwhelming display of support and admiration. It’s clear that passion, creation and performance are the real motivators of the band, and long may that continue while they deliver such heartfelt and genuine performances such as tonight. Catch up with Half Moon Panic soon, you won’t regret it.
Hold on Tight
Chase The Sun
Second Time Around
On a vibrant Summer’s evening, Blues-Rock enthusiasts were also treated to an electrifying performance by Albany Down. As the third act of the night, the band took the stage with confidence, effortlessly delivering their energetic and soulful music to their passionate fans.
Kicking off their set with ‘Born in the Ashes’, Albany Down immediately set the tone for the night. The song's gritty guitar riffs and powerful vocals captivated the audience, drawing them into the band's dynamic world. The band seamlessly transitioned into ‘Good News’, a track that showcased their ability to craft catchy melodies with a Rock edge.
The chemistry between the band members was evident as they effortlessly moved through their setlist. The tight rhythm section, led by Pete Hancock on drums and Ben Atkins on bass, provided a solid foundation, allowing Paul Turley's guitar skills and vocals to shine. They continued to impress with tracks like ‘Always Want’ and ‘Reflections’. The band's versatility was on full display as they seamlessly blended elements of Blues, Rock and Soul into their music, creating a sound that was uniquely their own.
‘Same Damn Thing’ followed, with the song's infectious energy and memorable chorus really making an impression on me. The band's performance of ‘I'll Come Running’ showcased their ability to infuse their music with heartfelt emotion. ‘This Heavy Soul’ further showcased Albany Down's musicianship,
Launching into ‘Days Are Numbered’, they then closed their set with ‘Let Your Love Shine’ and ‘The Working Man’." Albany Down's confident and effortless stage presence, combined with their passionate and soulful music, made for an unforgettable night at this iconic venue. Their ability to connect with their fans through their energetic performances and captivating melodies solidified their place as a rising force in the Blues-Rock scene.
Born in the Ashes
Same Damn Thing
I'll Come Running
This Heavy Soul
Days Are Numbered
Let Your Love Shine
The Working Man