‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
There was also crowd participation with Get Your Hands Dirty and Raining Rock bringing out the singer (or shouter) in everyone.
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.
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.
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.
It felt like you’d witnessed something truly special.
I’ve always enjoyed watching Jettblack play, but this….this was even better.
Slip it on
Less Torque, More Thrust
Prison Of Love
Get Your Hands Dirty
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