The Virginmarys / 12 Bar Club
So just another night of triumph for The Virginmarys and another night of cleaning the blood from the ears for myself, writes Bill Williams
Taking up the essence of Rock N Roll and wringing out the cliché’s for somebody else to soak up is a simple way to sum up the spirit of The Virginmarys. Through excessive touring and several EP releases they have garnered as much critical and commercial recognition as any band could prior to the release of a debut album.
A mass of feedback sends people running from the bar to the stage area and the band launch into the militant stomp of ‘Bang Bang Bang.’ The sheer volume and power has frontman Ally Dickaty’s Marshall stack threating to wobble over and crush him. ‘Just a Ride’ is next, giving the crowd a taste of the more commercial side of the band and nodding to a heavier Artic Monkeys. The middle of the set gives draws upon some classic Virginmarys manoeuvres with the bluesy stomp of ‘My Little Girl’ and the climatic riffing of ‘Out Of Mind’ worth a mention.
Debut single ‘King of Conflict’ sounds triumphant and menacing in equally great proportions. The song contains what must be the best hard rock hook of the last ten years (anybody care to challenge me on this!?) and brings all the finest traits of The Virginmarys into one singular hot ‘n’ heavy three minute rush. Finisher ‘Portrait of Red’ is a fan favourite and showcases the hard hitting drum work of Danny Dolan warranting the Keith Moon comparisons. With the band playing for just under forty minutes the set was more of a steam train to the face than clip behind the ears but what an impact it was!
So just another night of triumph for The Virginmarys and another night of cleaning the blood from the ears for myself! With their Rock N Roll apprenticeship fully served and an album due out February next year it’s harder to think of what The Virginmarys couldn’t achieve with their bags of talent, brains and work ethic – roll on 2013!