I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ty Taylor, lead singer of Vintage Trouble, for an interview for Rock ‘N’ Load Magazine before the show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. During the interview, it was blatantly obvious how passionate he was about their music, and how he wanted to put on a show for everybody there. The interview definitely got the excitement building, as although I know their music and own the CDs, I’ve never actually seen them live before, so I was really looking forward to the show.
The support for this night was from a young British Blues Rock protégé called Laurence Jones. He is an up and coming star on the circuit and is a great guitarist and put on a very good set. A nice warm up for the main event.
The stage was cleared and Vintage Trouble’s equipment moved into place. You could feel the excitement building. The fans of Vintage Trouble are known as ‘Trouble Makers’ and there seemed to be many hardcore fans here on this night.
Vintage Trouble took to the stage about 9:00 pm to loud applause, and before they started playing went into a group huddle, building up the crowd’s excitement even further for the show ahead.
From the first few notes of the opening tune, the energy throughout the building rose, and as they launched headlong into ‘Total Strangers’ the crowd were instantly dancing and singing every word. This was an energetic opening number that saw Ty all over the stage and leaping in the air at every opportunity. The pace didn’t slow as the next song was ‘Strike Your Light,’ which is another fast-paced tune that kept the momentum going.
The set continued with some amazing vocals and musicianship from a band that obviously knows their stuff and know each other so well. We were treated to some more refined and slower soulful tunes before some real up tempo numbers again. The crowd were really in the zone now, as were the band.
‘Run Like the River’ is a belter of a tune and sees Ty crowd surfing from the stage to the back of the room, finally ending up in the balcony area, where the people in those seats looked on in amazement as he continued to sing his heart out before returning downstairs, then crowd surfing again back to the stage, all the while still singing. It was an amazing performance!
Last song before the encore was one of their new songs off the soon to be released album later this year. It was called ‘Knock Me Out’ and it was another high energy song. The crowd loved hearing the new songs, which went down well with the band.
The band left the stage, but it was only a few seconds before the crowd were chanting for an encore. After a few minutes, the band duly obliged and came back on stage to deafening cheers.
They launched straight into a great fun song called ‘Pelvis Pusher,’ before rounding off an amazing set with ‘Not Alright By Me.’
They took a bow, before each one of the band, led by Ty, leapt into the crowd and made their way through the sea of amazed faces back to their dressing rooms.
The rumours I’d heard about how good a show these guys put on, I can now, without a shadow of a doubt, testify to being accurate. They put on one hell of a show, full of energy and passion, and should be on everyone’s bucket list to see before you die.
Vintage Trouble get a 10/10
- ‘Total Strangers’
- ‘Strike Your Light’
- ‘Another Man’s Words’
- ‘Blues Hand Me Down’
- ‘Battle’s End’
- ‘Don’t Stop Forever’
- ‘Crystal Clarity’
- ‘Run Like the River’
- ‘Knock Me Out’
- ‘Pelvis Pusher’
- ‘Not Alright By Me’