The Dylan Storey Band @ Happy in Wellington 18/11/2006
19 Nov 2006 // A review by johnsoncraigsbc
I had never been to Happy in Wellington before last night, but I’m comprehensively glad I went for a number of reasons. Being at the top of Tory Street was an added bonus because it was well away from the city centre so I could bypass the drunken fools in town on my way home. The guy on the door was really friendly, and made me feel very welcome in my absence of friends, which ensured I could sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Opening the evening was The Crypt Kicker 3 and SPA, who both put on very enjoyable shows and complimented the performance to come with energy and musicianship. Before long The Dylan Storey Band took to the stage in a relaxed and personal atmosphere, which was created by the abundance of obvious supporters and friends of the band.
I had never listened to The Dylan Storey Band before, but I was sure they were going to put on a great show. On seeing Billy Squire (who I had also reviewed a Salon Kingsadore gig for a few weeks earlier) I knew that my expectations were going to be met, and that this band were going to have a high level of quality musicianship. His presence was definitely felt with a variety of skilled keyboard scales and solos, which accompanied the rest of the band perfectly in their also evident high level of musicianship.
Throughout the evening all members of the band proved again and again to me their musical ability was of a very high standard. Switching between guitars, and using an array of soloing techniques, vocalist/lead guitarist Dylan Storey proved himself to be quite the musician. In fact, the whole band played really well together and seemed to have a good sense of each others styles.
The highlight of the evening for me would definitely have to be the final song-‘Titan’. Finishing on this song ensured that they could show off each member’s skills individually one last time in an extended instrumental segment. After some highly skilled playing they brought it back into the chorus to finish it off, which was a clever way to end because it made sure that that song was going to be stuck in my head as I left. Now all I want to do is head down to Real groovy and pick up a copy of their new album ‘Bones’.
Apart from a strategically placed pillar the entire evening was a highly enjoyable experience and seemingly so too thought the audience. I would not miss another chance to see The Dylan Storey Band in the future. A definite must see live performance.
About The Dylan Storey Band
The Dylan Storey Band is a 4-piece indie rock band with 70's blues undertones. Music geeks and instrumentalists playing energetic live shows and currently working on their second album.
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They are influenced by Arcade Fire, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and Iron & Wine.