Texas Flyers [Rock Covers, 4 piece]
The unusually-named FOUR (Texas Flyers) are obviously well respected in Barnet and the Black Horse was packed with music fans, many of whom had seen this lively act before, but it's great to see a band who are really appreciated by people in their local area.
The Barnet-based quartet were formed some 16 years ago by larger-than-life lead singer, Steve Mansbridge. He named them, apparently, after an obscure Z Z Top track. However, the present line-up: Steve (vocals), Dave Cox (guitar, vocals), Marney Nicol (bass, vocals) and Crick Rosenbaum (drums) have been together for only 18 months. That comes as a surprise when you hear what a tight musical act they are. Marney and Crick are particularly well-known locally as they work also as the rhythm section in popular rock band Braezen.
The Flyers kicked off both sets with the Thin Lizzy rockers 'Don't Believe A Word' and 'The Boys Are Back In Town', but there was plenty of variety during the two hour show.
Sixties' music was well represented by numbers like 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Waterloo Sunset' and 'You Really Got Me'; while the band also offered blues ('Pride And Joy'), heavy metal ('Paranoid'), reggae (a lively version of Bob Marley's 'Jammin'') and rock (Free's pounding 'Wishing Well' and the Foo Fighters' 'Times Like These'.
Highlights included a terrific interpretation of 'Keep On Running', which was almost as good as Spencer Davis's original; the Police's 'Message In A Bottle', which featured some fabulous harmonies; and the Hendrix/Dylan rock standard 'All Along The Watchtower', during which Dave demonstrated his amazing guitar prowess. Dave is highly skilled having worked with the Edgar Broughton Band for a couple of years.
FOUR (Texas Flyers) provided a fine evening of entertainment but I could have done without the strobe lighting effects.
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistThursday 16 June 2011
Thank you Colin for this wonderfully complimentary review.