The Ship Hotel, Crediton [Live Music Pub]
Was at you gig at the ship on Sunday, you are an awesome band, me and my mates couldn't stop moving, man you had the whole pub rocking out, we had a great night will see you at the next one. Thanks for a great Sunday Dean
DeanWednesday 27 August 2014
Thanks for the comments Dean, you guys were great, we great night and it was good to see so many people enjoying themselves, look forward to seeing you all at the next one.
Was at the ship on saturday, kin ell! what a night, great songs, great band, thanks guys wll see you real soon. Baz
BarryTuesday 25 March 2014
Thanks Baz, we had a great time, you guys made it for us (the crowd make the band) thanks for the comments, see you at the next one.
I have never felt a pub floor move like that, you guys were amazing, wow what a night
Donna and AdiMonday 7 October 2013
Thanks Donna/Adi, we also thought that we were going to end up down stairs, we had an amazing night as well, all down to you guys in the crowd.
Thanks for coming, hopefully see you at the next one.
Loved it, loved it, loved it
Jenny DavisonMonday 11 February 2013
Thanks Jenny we are glad that you had a good night, thanks for being part of a great crowd, we "loved it loved it loved it too" hopefully see you at the next one.
Thanks again for your comments.
Having seen this band before at another venue, a friend and I were encouraged on the strength of that performance to travel from Plymouth to see them again.
Arriving early for pre-gig drinks, the pubs in Crediton seemed somewhat empty and I began to think that perhaps our trip from Plymouth might be a washout as I love to be in the middle of an enthusiastic crowd when watching gigs. However, on arriving at The Ship just before 9pm, my fears were put to rest as we were welcomed into an absolutely packed venue by a crowd genuinely anticipating a good night, and whose enthusiasm and good spirits were infectious. I remembered from the last time that this band does seem to pull the best from an audience: people just like them!
The band was already set up and ready to go with lead guitarist (Justin) playing an Ibanez, the bassist (Karl) with a Rickenbacker and the rhythm guitarist (John) with his Fender Stratocaster accompanied by Dave on his Tama drums and Ian the singer.
Launching into "Wishing Well" and then straight into Gary Moore's version of "Walking by Myself" I noticed immediately that the band seemed to be pushing less distortion than I remembered from the last time I heard them play, sounding cleaner and even tighter (not that they were not tight before!) They genuinely 'exploded' on to the audience with a classic rock vibe, great lights and superb playing which the crowd applauded with the sounds of whooping and dancing - rocking the venue from side to side (or, at least, that's how it felt). The place seemed to get fuller and fuller and it has to be said, in fairness, that the venue and staff coped very well.
One of my favourite aspects of this band is their connection with their audience. They made it feel as though you were watching good friends playing and having a damn good laugh with them at the same time throughout the whole night, which was cool!
They played so many great songs - all great for different reasons but my pick of the bunch would be Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", a sort of rocked up version of Muse's "Feeling Good" and "Fight for your Right to Party" by Motley Crew.
"Simple Man" was a real jaw dropper to listen to with John's repeated introductory arpeggio of the riff shortly followed by the bass and then Justin. This was allowed to role on for a short while before the drums entered (proper hair rising on the back of the neck stuff) and eventually joined by singer, Ian, who sung it beautifully. The song really breathed and flowed between clean, haunting tones and heavy rock riffs. It was one of those, "I was there" moments. The man of the match in this song was John, who, although did not play the lead, clearly shot his heart on it. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
The rocky "Feeling Good" was, I think, the closest to Muse's go at it, but Better Luck Next Time still made it their own. As a musician myself, I know how difficult it is to move the music in tempo and 'feel' from one extreme to another seamlessly with meaning, while keeping it all making sense - and that is exactly what they did! Justin's solo just spoke to people, and watching their faces, it was clear they were complete absorbed by it. All in all, it was a very nice piece of extremely tight playing by the whole band and at the end of the song there seemed to be a pause as people processed what they had heard before exploding!
The gig finished on a note of high energy with "Fight For Your Right (to Party)" with the band moving and pouring every last drop of themselves into this last number, and the crowd moving with people absolutely jumping. It was a standout song purely for the energy and a great way to finish.
Everything clicked that night, and I can honestly say the band won me over as a fan. Adding to the overall enjoyment of the night was the fact that The Ship Inn was a such a great venue with hospitable, welcoming staff and friendly patrons. (There's also loads of parking on Crediton Main Street!)
If you have already or are thinking about booking this band and have advertised it, my advice would be to prepare for capacity, as they obviously have a huge following!
Mike WilliamsMonday 11 February 2013
Hi Mike, thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. You seem to have summed up what the band is all about in a single review. Please come and introduce yourself to us when you come and see us next, it’d be great to meet you.