Thursday, 13 September 2012
Life of Live - The Men They Couldn't Hang
Well Life of Live is finally up to date. The last few gigs I've been to I've written about as and when I've been , which leaves this one from a couple of years ago.
I used to go and see the Men They Couldn't Hang when I was at poly and sing along to songs of smugglers and all!
They released a couple of patchy lps and like an old college friend I lost touch. After a break the band re formed and kept on recording and touring and a friend from work lent me their latest lp, Devil on the Wind and although not quite as good as the ones in the late 80s (they used to have 3 main songwriters whereas although the other 2 were still the main vocalists , the songs were writen by just one of the trio, which must have had an impact.) I was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed it.
I therefore agreed to go to an upcoming gig. Although older, thinner on top and portlier round the middle the energy they threw into the gig was amazing . The audience responded and as a results I had real concerns that the state of the audience down the front would result in at least one heart attack.
I've posted 2 tracks from Devil on the wind that show both sides of the band . Devil on the Wind is a rip roaring fiddle/banjo driven gallop while Mrs Avery shows the softer more melodic side.
Devil on the Wind - Men They Couldnt Hang
Mrs Avery - The Men they Couldnt Hang
If you get a chance to catch them live then go along , you'll have a blast
You can buy Devil on the Wind here and if you liked their earlier stuff it is well worth getting