Earlier this year, multi-national rock act Blues Pills released their sophomore album, Lady In Gold.

It is often said the second record is the hardest for any band, but let it be said about Blues Pills latest offering that there’s most certainly no second album slump here. While writing and recording the album, the band were given artistic freedom by their record label to flex their creative muscles so to speak. That approach paid off with the band producing arguably one of the standout records of 2016.

Blues Pills are currently touring Europe in support of their latest record which includes a show at the packed out Club Academy in Manchester this evening. As the band takes to the stage, they waste no time in launching straight into their latest offering with four consecutive tracks from Lady In Gold. These include the incredibly infectious title track along with “Little Boy Preacher” with its driving rhythm and the euphoric yet soulful number “Won’t Go Back”.

Energetic Swedish chanteuse Elin Larsson, dressed in a black jumpsuit, dances barefoot, gyrating, flicking her hair, and smiling while delivering her smouldering vocals. She puts so much energy into her performance that it’s almost exhausting to watch.

During the mid-section of the show, the band delves into their earliest material from their debut EP. Blues Pills incredibly talented young French guitarist Dorian Sorriaux launches the band into “Bliss” with its wah infused, fuzz-fueled guitar riffs before “Little Sun” slows down the proceedings somewhat.

The band deliver their only cover of the evening with their take on the Tony Joe White classic “Elements and Things”, which they make their own. With Blues Pills latest record the band has infused elements of soul and gospel into their classic rock-inspired sound, and this proverbial melting pot of influences is particularly pertinent during “You Gotta Try” this evening.

A triple whammy of numbers from the band’s debut self-titled album follows. The hard rocking “High Class Woman” gets the crowd clapping along and seamlessly segues into “Aint No Change”, which features a superb psychedelic rhythmic breakdown. During the groove-heavy “Devil Man” lead singer Elin Larsson exercises her incredible vocal range, she effortlessly and passionately hits those sustained high notes throughout the course of the night.

During the band’s encore, Larsson takes a solo number. Seated behind a keyboard and illuminated by a single spotlight Larsson shows her versatility as she delivers the beautiful, heartfelt love song, “I Felt A Change”, one of the many highlights of the show. As the rest of the band rejoin Elin onstage the night is brought to a close with the pounding rhythm of “Rejection” and “Gone So Long”. Blues Pills leaves the audience wanting more.

It’s the 5th November or “Bonfire Night” as it’s often referred to here in the UK, a night customarily associated with Guy Fawkes and the Gunpower Plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. However, on this night, Blues Pills provide the fireworks here in Manchester with an explosive set at Club Academy.

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Event Date: 05-Nov-2016

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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