TYGERS OF PAN TANG / Charlotte Yanni
I was really set on see SEA opening for TYGERS OF PAN TANG. Giving it a second thought, I would have realized that TYGERS' Danish label-mates wouldn't be a part of the first few dates since they were headlining ‘Mighty Music Records’ 20-year celebration. It was Charlotte Yanni on the bill at Think Tank?.
I get annoyed with myself on occasion, when like here, settle for an opinion without knowing what it's all about. Sure, a girl with an acoustic guitar... Man or woman doesn't really matter though, that's not what gets me going usually. I would however be more satisfied with myself if I could go into something without any preconceptions. Good thing though was Charlotte Yanni's ability to perform and connect with an audience. Also, she has a fabulous voice and since it still was Rock she's all about it wasn't all that hard to get into.
It's great to see someone perform with the confidence Charlotte has. She handles the guitar with grace and also manages to maneuver a processor / effect-box and create harmonies on her own vocals while she's playing. This up-tempo Hard Rock / Country mix sure goes down much better than the usual Emo / Art-y type of music girls with guitars normally put out (that prejudice again...).
It would probably have benefitted me if I'd checked out Charlotte prior to this show. Since I hadn't there were just a few of the songs that got stuck. And towards the end, I guess it took until “On Your Big Day” to win me over. But the humming chorus-line worked and the crowd, including me sang along happily. This one in particular had resemblances with D.A.D styled Rock, softer yes but the stompy rhythm and catchy vocal lines definitely leans towards the Danish stars.
THE CRANBERRIES classic hit “Zombie” wasn't new of course and Charlotte did a fantastic version of it. This was much appreciated by the crowd too and the singing took off for real. Perhaps I'll learn some day to not set my mind fixed on things I don't have a clue about. I don't think that would have changed anything though. Charlotte won me over after a song or two.
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After a quick changeover, TYGERS OF PAN TANG took over the stage and everything became just as I had been expecting it. Think Tank? is a small place, the smallest club I've seen the band play in. So, this was definitely going to be intense, also that it's home-turf for the band made it special.
And it was full on from the start. I really enjoy their most recent self-titled release, so set-opener “Only The Brave” came in just right. There were no doubts that this show would be super though. I've seen TYGERS OF PAN TANG quite frequently lately and they never disappoint. Their energy on stage is fantastic and with a small place like this the band came very close on occasion. More right-in-your-face is hard to find. Jacopo Mielle sounds fantastic too. His voice touches upon those '70s giants like Ian Gillan and especially Robert Plant while still doing the old songs justice. I mean, as much as I love those albums too, neither Jess Cox nor John Deverill were really big vocalists. Jacopo's tone and ability to adapt are amazing and he sounds fantastic.
Speedy “Gangland” is a live-favorite and it got a good response. Still, I thought, since the place was full, that it would cause frenzy down the frontline. TYGERS OF PAN TANG got good support but it was a rather relaxed atmosphere anyway. One of my absolute favorites from the new “Tygers Of Pan Tang” record is “Blood Red Sky”. It doesn't sound typically TYGERS but I love the dark, heavy and melodic nature of the song. It sounded perfect here too, more intense when performed live compared to the album. And that's the thing, now I'm so used to hear these songs live I get surprised how they sound on record. Especially the classics; the production on those old ones are not as powerful as they are when delivered live nowadays. Which makes both “Gangland” and “Don't Stop By” real facers, “Tyger Bay” too of course.
“Glad Rags” from the new one came through as a rather odd one when initially listening to the record. Its jammy nature, and more '70s oozing than the rest made it stand out from the rest. Live it works perfectly and its groovy nature worked great at Think Tank? as people started dancing and singing like crazy. And it's fun to watch the band as well; the guys having fun together and that too helps making all the TYGERS OF PAN TANG shows fabulous. Another classic closed the main set, “Suzie Smiled”; another classic which sounds amazing live. As (almost) always its these songs that go down the best with the crowd. And by all means, many in the Think Tank? seemed to have been following the band since the early days. And then for me, I love the new songs and I'm glad as many as it was were included in the set; like the fantastic “Devil You Know” coming in before “Suzie Smiled”.
After a very short intermission (since there was no place to go really), the band came back and kicked off “Hellbound” followed by the traditional ZZ TOP song “Tush”. Both went down very well with the crowd and I appreciated “Tush” much more here in narrow club compared to when it has been played at bigger festivals. As a special treat for the absolute last one, another cover, “Love Potion #9”, Charlotte Yanni joined in (at least I think it was special since Jacopo mentioned they'd been rehearsing it earlier the same day) and did a duet with Jacopo. It's always good to get these special treats and as fun as they all had together on stage it really ended the show in a fantastic way. It's good to see bands and musicians looking after each other in this tough business. Charlotte definitely deserves the support; she's got a very good thing going on. As so do TYGERS OF PAN TANG, they're on fire and full-houses are the proof for that.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG setlist:
01. “Only The Brave”
02. “Love Don't Stay”
03. “Lonely At The Top”
06. “Blood Red Sky”
07. “Keeping Me Alive”
08. “Don't Stop By”
09. “Tyger Bay”
10. “Glad Rags”
12. “Slave To Freedom”
13. “Raised On Rock”
14. “Devil You Know”
15. “Suzie Smiled”
17. “Tush” (ZZ TOP cover)
18. “Love Potion #9” (THE CLOVERS cover)
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