Arizona based rockers Hogjaw arrive on Tyneside as part of their first ever headline UK tour.
The Southern Fried quartet is currently touring in support of their new album Way Down Yonder. Subsequently, Hogjaw recently re-released their 2015 album Rise To The Mountains to coincide with the tour. This evening the group arrives at the Head of Steam in Newcastle for a somewhat up close and personal concert in the heart of the city.
Tonight’s show features a well-balanced set list that traverses Hogjaw’s six studio albums. The title of the opening track of the set perfectly sums up Hogjaw’s distinctive sound itself; the US-based outfit comes hurtling out of the blocks with the frantic, hard-hitting and somewhat harmonious sounds of “Rollin’ Thunder”.
During the course of the evening, the band showcase their latest offering with several tracks from the record featuring. This includes the likes of the groove-heavy “Beast of Burden”, drinking song “Brown Water” and the hard rocking “North Carolina Way”, which all feature in the first half of the show.
One of the characteristics of Hogjaw is the versatility of the band members. Asides from frontman JB Jones, both Guitarist Jimmy Rose and drummer Kwall each take their turn on lead vocals during the course of the evening.
Tucked away at the back of the stage, Kwall leads the charge during a passionate rendition of “Am I Wrong” and again later in the set with “Road of Fools”. With its catchy hooks, pounding rhythm and infectious melody the song is one of the many standout moments of the set.
The superb vocal harmonies and foot stomping tempo of “Way Down Yonder” certainly hit a similar spot. The crowd hang on every word of the latter and even participate in some call and response during the chorus.
However, the standout song of the night has to be “County Line”. The number features some passionate playing from Rose and some astounding Allmans-esque twin part guitar harmonies that completely captivates the Geordie faithful.
Hogjaw brings their incredible set to a close by giving a rare airing to old favourite “Gitsum”, which certainly gets the crowd moving. Even bass player Elvis DD ventures into the centre of the room to get in on the action.
On the strength of tonight’s show, it’s fair to say that Hogjaw is the perfect example of contemporary southern rock at its finest. We look forward to more of what is to come from this exciting outfit.
Event Date: 06-Oct-2018