JETTBLACK ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

August 31st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Jettblack

‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

17th August 2013

@ Denmark Street, London

Review by Rowena Lamb

Photography by Jo Moolenschot

There are many ways to spend a Saturday night in London and our destination was, well….up.  Yes that’s right, up onto the rooftops of Denmark Street for the launch of ‘Black Gold’ by Jettblack.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Released on 19th August, ‘Black Gold’ is an album that brings together previous recordings into one collection and mixes them with new material.  There are 5 acoustic track on the album including Prison of Love and Red Horizon as well as covers of AC/DC’s Let Me Put MY Love Into You, Motorhead’s Name In Vain and Heart’s Barracuda.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

There are also 2 versions of the title track Black Gold; a full length version and an edited version with Damon Johnson Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders as guest guitarist.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Now who could possibly resist reviewing a gig on a rooftop in London?
Not me that’s for sure so I fought my way there through tourists and tube line closures and prayed that the weather would hold.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Arriving a little early (I never said I was fashionable) I got to take in the view over London and watch as the finishing touches were put into place.  Already on the ‘stage’ was a large gold ‘JB’ sign reminding you that you really were about to watch a gig on a rooftop in central London.  As the other guests arrived there was plenty of time to relax, have a beer and check out the view, which just got better as the sun began to set.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

There were a few dodgy weather moments that made you doubt the sense of holding a gig on a roof top in the English summer, but aside from couple of light showers which didn’t last long, the weather held on in there allowing everything to run as planned.  Besides, what’s a bit of rain at an outside gig?

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Just before 9pm a bigger crowd had gathered bringing really buzzing atmosphere.  After declaring let’s see how long they would last – a bit chilly by any chance? – Jettblack kicked things off with Slip It On followed by Less Torque, More Thrust.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

One of the best aspects of the evening, aside from the amazing location and performance, was the crowd; yes this was about an album launch, but it was also about a party…and that means dancing!

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

There was also crowd participation with Get Your Hands Dirty and Raining Rock bringing out the singer (or shouter) in everyone.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

This was a big performance for a small stage and setting.  Having said that you stopped noticing the setting as you watched Jettblack do what they do best.   It was a great combination of the feeling of a larger gig and an intimate setting.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

I couldn’t help but wonder how it must have sounded to those on the streets below who must have been wondering where the hell the band were.  However, though I was curious to know what they were experiencing I wasn’t that curious to leave the rooftop to find out; this was not to be missed.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

The set lasted about an hour and you could easily have listened to them for much longer.  The setting was inspired (thank you to Factory 311), the sound was perfect (better than I have heard at a fair few gigs) and the atmosphere was just great.  I, and I heard others, felt really glad to have been there that night.

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

Jettblack ‘Black Gold’ Album Launch

It felt like you’d witnessed something truly special.
I’ve always enjoyed watching Jettblack play, but this….this was even better.

Set List:
Slip it on
Less Torque, More Thrust
In-between Lovers
Sunshine
Mother Fucker
Prison Of Love
Barracuda
Get Your Hands Dirty
Black Gold
Raining Rock
Danger Zone

For the Video Interview, please click here:
http://www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/09/01/jettblack-interview/

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