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Review: Vintage Trouble, The Glee Club, Cardiff

Having supported The Who the previous night in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Vintage Trouble headlined in their own right at The Glee Club, tapping into a bottomless well of energy and bringing their own brand of retro soul-rock to a growing number of Welsh fans.

The LA foursome first came to the attention of UK music lovers after an appearance on Jools Holland’s Later show and they have been touring pretty much ever since. This is their second visit to Wales having played Abertillery Blues Festival last year.

While there is a distinctive ’60s feel to their material the delivery is bang up to date.

Vocalist, Ty Taylor has a fine soul voice and a stage presence similar to that of a young Mick Jagger; appropriate as on July 13 the band open for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in the biggest concert of their three-year life.

The Glee Club is the kind of intimate venue where Vintage Trouble can do what they do best – get up close and personal with the crowd, share banter and organise some enthusiastic audience participation. However, it’s a good idea to arrive early for standing only gigs as otherwise the view is pretty limited.

Bassist, Rick Barrio Dill, Guitarist, Nalle Colt and drummer, Richard Danielson are consummate musicians and the band have amassed a catalogue of solid self-penned material which they interspersed with a few much-loved soul classics.

There was a break in their hard-driving sound to perform a trio of acoustic numbers and a dedication to their homeland on the day the USA historically legislated in favour of gay marriage.

It is understandable for any touring act to feel a little jaded at the tail end of a long tour but there was no indication of it here. This could easily have been their first gig.

Vintage Trouble demonstrated a clear and apparent fluidity that only comes from hours and hours of performing with your band mates; the machine just rolls along with little discord or friction.

While the band is unmistakeably American, the material is universal and timeless; a fact evident by an audience of fans whose ages ranged from early twenties to well past retirement.

Proof of the fact that in Wales great music, well played and delivered with passion and enthusiasm will always get a warm welcome.

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