XLR [Rock Covers, 4 piece]
You guys are beyond outstanding. What a class selection of songs. I really enjoyed your show, I will definitely be seeing you again somewhere down the line. To any venue who may not of had these guys perform, please book them, they'll go down an absolute storm. Well done to all of you, and thank you.
Jamie JonesSunday 10 July 2016
Well, one thing we're not short of in this city is cover bands. Of course there are those that pack out pubs and others that struggle to pull a crowd at all, which raises the question, "what actually makes a good covers band?"
Undoubtedly the answer lies in good musicianship alongside choice of songs, which usually revolves around the predictable standards, but the overriding quality has to be that a band is likeable; that the band has charisma that connects with its audience.
On that point alone, XLR score a full house and indeed packed a full house on this bank holiday Sunday night with an array of covers to ensure a good crowd response: "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Bad Medicine", "How You Remind Me", "You Really Got Me", and yes - they even did "Sex On Fire", which, although a song that inevitably elicits loud groans from a few, in a pub full of exuberant drinkers, is a killer hit guaranteed to raise the roof!
All credit to Steve Tapper (guitar/vocals), Pete Pritchard (drums/vocals), John Carlise (Bass/vocals), Jeff Heape (guitar/vocals) and Heath J Booton (lead vocals) who together, as a band, are an unstoppable force.
In another world Tapper would be Richie Sambora, a natural born show off with the talent to back up the swagger. He does a sterling job on guitar and took over the vocals for Sandman giving Heath a well-deserved rest. Jeff also alternates on lead roles admirably and with skill with John thundering away on the rhythm section alongside Pete.
XLR - Xtra Loud Rock: accomplished musicians, great entertainment!
Ellie Hudson-Hopton (Plymouth Herald)Monday 2 June 2014
Excellent gig at the Thistle last night. Great song choices, my favourites included In the air tonight, zombie, tie your mother down and pour some sugar on. Fantastic sound, well played and great atmosphere! Well done guys, I will certainly recommend your gigs
MooSunday 12 January 2014
Really glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon x
With my interest piqued from the start, my first thought was, 'What an odd array of musicians!" Watching them I got reflections of U2 from the lead singer and Deep Purple from the drummer, while the rhythm guitarist was clearly a Nirvana fan and the bassist reminded me of a Santa Claus who'd just stolen a Geezer Butler outfit (or the other way around) and Rich - the lead guitarist - falling somewhere in between them all in that ...well, he looked kind of normal. How on earth they decide on which songs to cover amazes me and perhaps this explains their set list, which covers rock for all ages, drifting between the decades!
The venue itself is always a good place to go for live music because the acoustics of the room are great. From outside the pub all I could hear was the faint mumble of a track the band were playing as a sound check, but as soon as I opened the door to the pub, I was immediately hit by the smooth screech of the guitar (made from the combination of a Les Paul guitar and a Soldano Amp & Cab) the high quality of instruments and equipment reflecting the like quality of the band. Furthermore, ensuring the delivery of perfection, the band hires a PA system from a bona fide Sound Engineer, who accompanies them to good effect, sorting levels and solving any problems in real-time, allowing the band to just 'get-on' with their music - a move perhaps more bands should emulate.
Grabbing the appreciative audience early on in the first set, Xlr's version of Def Leppard's "Animal" was superb and - as a band performance - lacked nothing with top marks for every aspect of it. Refreshingly, no other local band includes this song in their gig performances, or indeed many others that these guys play which perhaps helps set them apart from same genre bands on the circuit.
However, the same cannot be said about Guns n' Roses', "Sweet Child O' Mine" which most definitely IS a regular on the circuit, but - in my honest opinion - the only other band I've seen perform this song a shade better then these guys, was a professional tribute band called 'Guns 2 Roses'. Again, nothing was left wanting with solid performances throughout the band and note perfect solos, demonstrating, with this very technical performance, exactly what xlr can really do!
Without saying too much that would spoil the surprise in store for you if you go to hear these guys, another show-stopper for me was a creditable, if not pitch-perfect, performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".
If I could make one small criticism it would be that there were too many U2 type songs, but then material always comes down to personal taste and, at the end of the day, it's the performance that counts. Top Night!
RickWednesday 13 March 2013
Let me be the first to send you APPLAUSE! Great gig last night lads, we had a ball. XXX
JoSunday 6 September 2009