IVW 2020 - The Will Johns Band + Meeking @ Komedia
Concluding the reviews for Independent Venue Week!
Many thanks to Komedia for the opportunity!
Opening with Hello Mind, Meeking present classic rock with funky overtones, with frontman Jake Meeking bringing an element of soul to the performance with his vocal delivery. Having played together since the age of 13 you can see this endearing narrative come through in their on-stage charisma. Their third track, entitled 204 is a delicate ballad featuring colourful guitar riffs – very sumptuous. Drummer Glenn Hampson plays in a relaxed and swaying manner, whilst still maintaining accuracy. Basslines are melodic and fluid, adding further character to the music. Overall, this delightful set was full of warmth and sentiment.
The Will Johns Band provide good old-fashioned blues rock, sounding as fresh as when it first came to prominence. As their first song starts, it becomes evident that these musicians are clearly well-established masters of their craft. Frontman Will Johns certainty isn’t shy of his rocker-identity; sporting thick side burns and a paisley silk jacket. Notably, he takes after his father, the famed L.A. recording engineer Andy Johns, as well as his uncle Glyn Johns for his popular drum recording technique. Leaving his original songs for later on in the set, his song Never Rains carries a Thin Lizzy-esque sound; full of stature yet seeping with emotion. The band continue to play as Will tunes his guitar, just another example of the professional prowess this band displays. The audience were moving all night, as they witness musical entertainment at it’s finest.