A brisk evening in Glasgow couldn’t hold back the throng of blues fans descending on Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, where Dan Patlansky and his battered old Fender Strat thoroughly entertained the crowd prior to headline act Joanne Shaw Taylor. Patlansky has been around for over a decade, but has really taken the blues rock scene by storm more recently with a string of critically acclaimed albums, accolades from Classic Rock, Blues & Soul, and the Blues Review, as well as an immensely successful run supporting Joe Satriani on the European and UK legs of his Shockwave tour.
Dan took to the stage with band in tow at 7:30pm sharp, and immediately fired into his opening number – a blistering blues jam instrumental that set the tone for the rest of the evening. This is followed with the immensely catchy ‘Sonova Faith’ from last year’s album I’ntrovertigo’. Patlansky’s blues chops are undeniable, and this track, in particular, exudes the swagger of a man who knows he’s at the top of his game. The lads on stage keep it simple with a four-piece set up: Dan’s backing band is, as you might expect from a German-engineered outfit, very tight and precise, and keep the fire burning, as Patlansky pounds his fretboard to a fever pitch. The South African’s gravelly vocals compliment his coarse, dirty playing style, emotion taking the lead, rather than a preoccupation with sounding polished. Perhaps this attitude inspired the name of his new album, ‘Perfection Kills’, which is to be released 2nd February, 2018. The Glasgow crowd were treated to a preview of this next offering with an explosive performance of the lead single, ‘Dog Day’, which saw the entire crowd participate in a collective head bob.
Show highlights included crowd-pleasing tracks ‘Stop The Messin”, and ‘Heartbeat’; an absolute colossus of a tune that left the raucous crowd knocked for six. Equally as impressive is Patlansky’s ability to rein in the energy, as demonstrated during his personal favourite moment of the night – the slow blues jam ‘Still Wanna Be Your Man’. It’s a sultry, mournful number, lamenting the impossible balance between being on the road and staying in sync with family life. Dan ended his set by letting his guitar do the talking; another instrumental setting his fingers ablaze, where he managed to just stop short of igniting his Strat and plucking the strings with his teeth. A truly intoxicating end to a phenomenal set. Fans of Aynsley Lister, Philip Sayce, and Walter Trout; take it from this blues aficionado – Patlansky is the real deal!
Review: Fraser Doig
Images: Callum Scott