Hard rocking Swedish quartet the Electric Boys make a welcome return to Tyneside to mark the 25th anniversary of their seminal album Groovus Maximus.
Of course, Groovus Maximus was the follow up to the Electric Boys’ 1989 debut record Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride and was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. Therefore, it seems only fitting that the band returns to the UK to celebrate this landmark record in the country which it was conceived.
In this day and age and with the advent of streaming, music fans tend to listen to their favourite songs rather than whole albums. Tonight, the Tyneside faithful are transported back to 1992 as they get to hear the Electric Boys classic album Groovus Maximus performed in full and as the artist intended it to be heard.
The Electric Boys opens the show with instrumental piece “March of the Spirits”, before upping the pace with “Knee Deep In You” and the incredibly infectious title track itself.
The band showcase the funkier side of the record with the likes of “Fire In The House” and the wah infused “Sky Is Crying”. The group’s frontman Conny Bloom has both skill and flare in abundance; he consistently lights up the stage all night long with his blistering guitar licks and exquisite showmanship.
However, it’s not all about the high octane rock numbers, the band portray their softer side with the inclusion of acoustic ballad “Bed of Roses” and the heartfelt “Dying To Be Loved”.
After almost an hour the Electric Boys round out the Groovus Maximus segment of the show with both the groove-heavy “Tambourine” and the emphatic “Bad Motherfucker”, which features some superb twin part guitar harmonies from Conny Bloom and Franco Santunione.
As the Electric Boys return to the stage for a duly deserved encore, Bloom jokes that was Groovus Maximus, now let’s play something we actually like, much to the crowd’s amusement. The band’s three-song encore is all about their greatest hits as they belt through the classic “Electrified” which is segued into a few bars of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”. The night is brought to a close with fan favourite “Lips and Hips”, which has the fans hanging on every word.
After almost 30 years in the game the Electric Boys have still got it, long they may continue.
British four-piece Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters open the proceedings earlier in the evening and deliver a fierce set centring on their debut record Bad Habit. Blade commands the stage and certainly gets the crowd moving during the band’s short but sweet set. This was the Beautiful Disasters first appearance on Tyneside but judging by the response they received tonight it won’t be the last.
Event Date: 27-Nov-2017