Aug 3 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
It was great to see so many of you at Sunday’s Jam at The Dam, which was back with a bang again this year.
Drawing a crowd of a good several hundred happy souls, it was a great day out and had something for all music fans with a line up of fine original music talent as well as bands playing covers of hits from the 60s to the present day.
One of my particular favourite performances came from Jiezuberband, who had been drafted in to the event at the last minute.
A consummately passionate and professional performance from the guys, which displayed their amazing music talents, each member of the group being a fantastic musician in their own right and when combined they make the most amazing band.
With tribal rock, funk, soul and blues elements to their sound they are one of the most individual bands in Ayrshire without a doubt in my mind, going their own way and ploughing their own furrow.
The sheer energy from Jiezuberband is a fantastic thing to behold and this is very much a band that gives it everything they have got, and that’s a lot of energy and passion.
Vocalists John Strachan and Claire Gibson are the epitome of talented singers who sing from the heart and the guts; John’s highly charged stage show, even with a broken arm, certainly didn’t slow his thrashing about on stage delivering a highly committed performance.
The wizardry of Mikey Grant on the keys is something to behold. Kenny MacLean is a monster on the bass, Alasdair Gibson pounding on the drums and Scott Coulters guitar licks dancing through the pieces. Brilliant. A highly passionate band free from pretension and high on energy and of course fun.
Blackberry Jack were another of the many highlights from the day, their explosive set drew a sizeable crowd who knew all the words to their songs and the band really did brilliantly.
With hints of the Undertones, The Cribs and The Kinks in their sound yet very much moulding them into something new and original the band fired through renditions of fan favourites ‘ Sleepy Eyes’, ‘1967’ and what could indeed be an aptly named ‘ Better now we’re famous’.
The band came out of hiatus to perform at Jam at The Dam and on the evidence of this performance it’s obvious to me that they should indeed hit the road again and get out there. A great performance from a great Ayrshire band.
Brian McKinlay and his team did a great job of putting Jam at The Dam together and it certainly sounded great as well with Smalltown Audio doing a great job of the sound.
lA QUICK mention for a band who are quickly going places – The Sonic Templars.
They’ve only been together a short while but have already amassed a large and loyal following that has seen them support The View, Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and St.Jude (Alabama 3).
The band hail from Ayrshire and Glasgow and came together after meeting on the local music scene, with all members having previously been involved in other musical acts.
Sonic Templars debut EP 'Breaking Silence' will be released on this month on the Newtown Products record label which is home to some great Scottish talent including Homesick Aldo, The Coffins, Ross Gilchrist and Roscoe Vacant.
The band launch their debut EP at Stereo in Glasgow on Saturday, August 11. Catch them in Ayrshire soon:-
August 12: Kopparberg sessions, Elliots, Prestwick.
August 31: McCabes, Largs.
September 1: Su Casa Beach Tent, Troon