First visit to The Chattery for soundsnew.com and what a civilised experience it was too! What other venue is by day a high street cafe and by night hosts the best alt.country in the corner while you sip on a beer or coffee. You can tuck into some nice food too...
First on were Lone Pine having travelled up the M4 from Cardiff to wow the local crowd with their blend of country and roots rock. Opening with Love is Everything and running through a set containing Hold On, Women They Leave and Do You Love Me. The faster numbers seem to get the best reaction and a rocking Good For Nothing going down a storm. Switching between Mandolin, Lap-Steel, Acoustic and Slide Guitar kept the audiences attention and judging by the applause it won’t be long before Lone Pine will be back. Visit www.lone-pine.co.uk to order a copy of their mini-album CD.
Between acts you would be forgiven for thinking you were a gatecrasher at a wedding as at The Chattery it’s buffet time! Out comes the cheese board, bread, pork pies and nibbles to keep the paying punters entertained while the next band sets up. You don’t get this at Barfly!
How the six-piece Detroit based Deadstring Brothers fitted into the performance area (the window of the cafe!) was somewhat an amazing feat in itself. The keyboard and pedal steel players were squeezed next to the tables stage left and right, while the guitarist, bass, drums and female backing rubbed shoulders centre stage. Kicking off with the rousing 27 Hours, the band ran through the majority of their latest Bloodshot Records album Starving Winter Report and a few from the eponymous named debut. This was country rock at its finest with highlights Entitled, I’m Not a Stealer, Sacred Heart and encore Lights Go Out. The male and female vocal really lends itself to the bands songwriting style with the pedal steel and electric piano adding a different edge to their sound. Looking the “real deal” dressed in battered black shirts and denim with their pale complexions, thin and drawn from a vast touring schedule, these highly polished musicians won many new fans and sold a lot of CDs on the night. Highly recommended. Try some tracks at www.deadstringbrothers.com if you don’t believe us.
We’ll certainly be back to The Chattery’s pleasant atmosphere in the near future, but don’t tell anyone else about Wales’ best kept music secret or we won’t get a seat or any pork pie next time! To see what’s on have a look at homepage.ntlworld.com/thechattery/giglist.htm