Last night I had the pleasure of seeing one of the greatest-named rock bands, Retribution Gospel Choir, in a small pub in South Yorkshire. Low, Alan Sparhawk’s other band, was here for a much more high-profile gig in London, and they decided to do a few RGC shows on the side.
I went with a jazz-head, somebody who loves intricate fretwork but did not perhaps appreciate my particular brand of harder rock fuckery. The opener was decent in a Death from Above 1979/Future of the Left kind of way. I have no idea who they were and they didn’t introduce themselves. Sparhawk and the rest of the band (including the drummer, mistakenly thinking it was cool to wear sunglasses inside on a snowy Sheffield day) were hanging about in the Harley.
RGC took the stage and started out in their classic rock vibe. I like that side enough, but was waiting for them to get louder. They did on a few songs – notably 2′s Your Bird and Poor Man’s Daughter. Still, most of the time they stuck to a pub rock vibe. It was enjoyable, but my head was perhaps not blown off as I had hoped it would be. Still, thanks guys for taking the time to come up to our peculiar corner of the world.
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