The Night Marchers @ Captains Rest 17-11-09

December 18, 2009

Captains Rest, Glasgow, November 17 * * * *

Two acts, one set and no change-over made tonight’s performance by Alabama rockabilly roller Dan Sartain and San Diego four-piece The Night Marchers an entirely seamless and ultimately unique experience.
Solo for a handful of songs, members of The Night Marchers joined Sartain one by one until climactic garage rocker P.C.B ’98 signaled the hand-over. From then on it was all about one man, former Rocket from the Crypt singer/guitarist John Reis.
Looking and sounding like a harder-living, harder-rocking Bruce Springsteen, Reis proved a charismatic force throughout. His enthusiasm and showmanship quickly galvanized the crowd and even made you forgive the odd moment when it all went a bit Status Quo.
Belting out songs with near blood-vessel-bursting passion he was particularly potent on Bad Bloods and Closed For Inventory, both of which zipped along at frenetic pace with the addition of Sartain’s more unhinged guitar.
There may have been a fair amount of repetition to the music but with hooks and honest rock n’ roll spirit in abundance, overall it was winning display.


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