3am [Blues Rock, 5 piece]
Last night was our first gig for 2022 - and we surely struck lucky with the Nags Head! First time we've played there but the locals treated us like old friends - came up for chats, showed loads of appreciation for our music and generally got happily involved. Pub acoustics were also really "easy" - looking forward to our next couple of gigs there later this summer. Very big thank you to Wendy for booking us and working hard with her staff to keep the crowd well-served!Sandy/3am, Sunday 10 April 2022
Can't believe there's no reviews on here in 6 years!
3 AM are a fantastic Rock and Blues band. A few old fellas, like myself, and a superb young lady lead singer.
Well played music, enjoyed as much my the band as the pub punters. Guest singer was shy but a fab contrast in voice to lead.
See them if you can.Bearded One, Tuesday 17 August 2021
Thank you so much, Mr Beardedand Balding! Glad you enjoyed the band - they always enjoy playing at the Red Lion in Stevenage - full of appreciative and discerning folks like yourself! XX
Last night’s effortless performance at The Angel in Hayes saw the young the old and everyone in-between, wearing suits, jeans, heels and trainers heading for the dance floor.
After a late start waiting for the entertaining All Blacks to ‘do their thing,’ the band took to the stage (a rather small corner of the pub where the fifty year old Oche strip separated band and fans) looking relaxed and chilled, ready to bring this lovely listed pub and all its punters to their knees.
With feet tapping, faces smiling and young men everywhere trying to catch the eye of lead vocalist Laura Long, the oh so cool Tim Renton delighted us with his skillful guitar playing, Jamie Fisher on drums rocked us with his naturally gifted rhythm, Chris Parren on keys, teased and treated our senses to years of talent as Phil Evans fed our souls with erotic bass lines to 3AM's "Insatiable". And bringing this band to its climax, Laura Long seduced the audience with her unique, stylish and sultry ballads and her passionate, edgy rock vocals.
As always, this seasoned Rock & Blues band performed brilliantly, totally at one with the audience and the environment, 3AM successfully bagged yet another great night.
DeanneMonday 12 October 2015
SO glad you enjoyed the gig, Deanne! - and thanks for writing such a great review of our gig - come and say hi at the next one?
the band was terrific - they got people dancing. The girl singer especially stood out for her sheer talent as well her beauty. She was a sight for sore old hippy eyes. I am a big fan of Janis Joplin and so I was pleased to hear a young woman who could sing like her. That is one band I will see again and not get bored of. The venue was unsual - mixed crowd. Luckily I was with my mate.
StashThursday 16 January 2014
Many thanks indeed for your kind words, Stash - not often someone goes to this much trouble to show their appreciation! We enjoyed the gig - always good to have a friendly, music-loving crowd to "bounce" off! - and we'll be back at the Old Crown on a fairly regular basis - so please come and say hi again!
I have never written a review but after seeing 3AM on several occasions I feel compelled to write a bit more than what would otherwise appear on their page as 'Applause'. Why? Because 3AM are WORTH it.
To fully appreciate the band, it helps to understand a bit about the individuals that make up the whole, so to speak, and in Tim Renton, the band has a lead guitarist who 'knows' how to treat a guitar and also 'knows' how to get the best out of it as demonstrated consistently with dynamic ability throughout. In one of their own songs "Travesty," he 're-verbs' the sound of his guitar to great effect, demonstrating complete control. Fantastic!
In the hands of another professional, who never misses a beat, the drums and percussion are ably provided by Andy Renton, whose expertise has been honed through playing in many other bands. For some reason he reminds me of the drummer in the group called 'Love'. Fantastic quality: great sound - a drummer who 'plays' each song rather than just keeping a beat.
The band's keyboardist, Chris Parren, could double as the keyboard player for 'The Doors' while Phil Evans on bass - yet another pro - has learnt the art of dependable underpinning with solid, tangible bass lines although it would be great to hear him really break out with some really wild bass sounds you know he's capable of producing.
As for vocals - well, what can I say? Rock chick, Laura (who does the rounds on the jazz circuit in London as well as teaches singing) delivers a style all her own with tantalising influences of Elkie Brooks and Janis Joplin shining through.
As a band 3AM make for a tight unit, able to produce perfect sound that enables the listener to close their eyes and pick out each instrument individually and 'appreciate' the unique abilities of each performer in an OVERALL highly professional performance with great songs you can really boogie to but really grab your attention when it comes to their own stuff, which is really very good. Listen out for "Insatiable", "Travesty" and "Attention Seeker" to name but a few. You'll soon get the flavour of what they're about and want to repeat the experience as soon as you can!
Why - because they're WORTH IT!
koo constantinouFriday 21 June 2013
Many thanks for this review, Koo - really chuffed you felt moved enough to take the time and write what you felt! We've all enjoyed meeting you at our gigs - and look forward to seeing you at many more! Rock on!