Every time I venture out to the Woodend Barn for one of their Deliverance gigs, I am pleasantly surprised that the crowd has grown since the last show. With over half a dozen shows under their belt, the Barn has amassed a following of dedicated gig-goers ready to experience the best in modern music in a comfortable, idyllic countryside setting. Once again, we weren't disappointed...
The evening was opened by Aberdeen’s Steven Milne, a singer-songwriter with a solid reputation and the songs to match. I’ve seen Steven play so many times now, and reviewed him so often, that I’m running out of new things to say, so I’ll keep this bit short and sweet!
As usual, Steven was on top form, and the crowd – who had bizarrely chosen to sit in a horseshoe formation leaving the middle of the floor completely empty – enthusiastically applauded every song. The biggest cheer was undoubtedly reserved for Saturdays, which is soon to feature in Hollywood film Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and Pink.
Urging the crowd to remove themselves from their seats and stand nearer the stage, Glasgow’s Three Blind Wolves took to the stage with their self-titled track from 2011 EP Sound of the Storm. Building from a gentle keyboard and vocal melody to a wall of indie-country noise, the four-piece – joined by guest musician Doug – started as they meant to continue, enthralling each and every member of the crowd from the off.
Drawing extensively from 2011’s debut EP, the band also took the opportunity to preview some tracks from their upcoming full-length album. Throughout every song, lead singer Ross Clark’s distinctive vocals remained powerful, binding together the band’s folky indie-meets-country sound. Not that his bandmates can’t sing, though: the four part harmonies that grace many of their songs are suitably meaty and impressive.
New tunes like Honey Fire, Farmer With a Pulse and Sex is For Losers were met with much appreciation from the audience and indicate that the band certainly aren’t moving backwards in terms of their song-writing and musicianship. In Here Somewhere, taken from 2011’s experimental record-an-album-in-a-day project The Maybe Forest, also proved popular with the crowd.
It was on the tracks from Sound of the Storm, though, that the band really seemed let loose and the crowd really got into the music. From the balladry of Emily Rose to the rip-roaring hoedown-esque Black Bowl Park, the band flew through the fan favourites with gusto.
After spending around an hour on stage, Three Blind Wolves left the room to exuberant whooping and clapping from around the room. With another North East performance coming up soon – the 20th of October at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree – you’d be a fool not to catch this band at their best.