If I was being totally honest I would have to say I knew very little about Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors before I was due to see them on this Thurday night in August playing aboard a venue that is a boat. The venue for the gig was the Thekla, a docked boat in Bristol. This was a first for me, but also it turned out to be a great experience.
I arrived early, as I had an interview to do with Ryan Hamilton for Rock ‘ N’ Load magazine before shooting the set. I went down into the depths of the boat where the stage was and met up with Pam the tour manager, and after introducing myself she said she would come and get me in a bit and we’d be doing the interview on the tour bus. No problem, so outside I went to catch up on social media stuff then about ten minutes later Pam called me and said that they are ready for me.
I go with her to the tour bus, the door opens and inside we go. I was introduced to Ryan and also to Rob Lane and Mickey Richards, bass player and drummer respectively. Rob left so it was just the three of us. I set the video camera up and we conducted the interview. It is always really interesting to me when I can sit down and just chat with musicians. I always try not to have regulated questions, more a few as a guide so we can actually have a conversation instead of a sterile Q&A. Hopefully that comes across in the finished interviews.
After about twenty minutes we were done and it was time to leave them in peace to prepare for the gig later that evening.
There were a couple of support bands that night, and they were both lively bands and got the crowd going for sure. The first was a band called Jasper in the Company of Others, and the second was Fort Hope. The crowd was slightly sparse for this leg of the tour but still very enthusiastic. The show started early due to a curfew, as there was a nightclub event on as well, so the support was finished by twenty past eight with Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors due to take to the stage around half eight.
Around half eight the lights dimmed and the band came onto the stage to great applause. Although as said before the crowd was sparse, it was still going to be a great show judging by the noise that was made to welcome the band.
The set was made up of songs mainly from the previous album Hell of a Day and the current release The Devil’s in the Detail, and all was received very well indeed. Ryan really does put on a great show and has a sparkle in his eye and interacts wonderfully with the audience. At one point he was just playing games with the audience and asking “If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?” This went down well with the crowd who were hooked on his every word.
After nearly an hour and a half they were done. The musicianship and execution was spot on and Ryan’s charisma shone throughout the set. This is definitely a band I will be seeing again. I started the evening having very little knowledge of Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors, but left feeling like I made some new friends. It was a great fun night of music.
- ‘Drugs and Fashion’
- ‘Records and Needles’
- ‘Strength in Numbers’
- ‘We Never Should Have Moved to L.A.’
- ‘Be Kind, Rewind’
- ‘Heavy Heart’
- ‘Scottish Mud’
- ‘Freak Flag’
- ‘Truth on Tape’
- ‘4 Letter Verb’
Review & Photography by Will Carter / Two Finger Media