A whirlwind year for rock quartet Broken Witt Rebels has seen them tour nationwide, play a host of festivals and finally earn their well deserved signing with Snakefarm Records, but if there’s one place that they are more at home than others, then it’s back on their home turf in the West Midlands.
The main support for the Southern-rock flavoured night at the Slade Rooms was US songstress Sonia Leigh. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is a brilliantly edgy individual who performs her own unique spin on the country rock genre, weaving in pop melodies and electronic beats to keep you constantly on your toes. Her band are all wonderful musicians too and put on a tight performance throughout; but all eyes were on the lady with the fiercely kick-ass vocals, as Sonia belted out track after track. Later, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Sonia performed a heartfelt tribute to her mother, who sadly passed away from cancer five years ago.
Headliners Broken Witt Rebels have devoted themselves to mastering both their music and performance since their formation in 2014, and it’s lovely to see that dedication starting to pay off recently. Following a lot of hopeful hints throughout 2016, including appearances at Reading and Leeds, and winning Unsigned Rock Band of The Year at the Unsigned Awards; the Blues-rock influenced lads have recently been signed by Snakefarm Records, which will hopefully help to take the band to the next level. With excitement from these recent events, there is clearly a buzz in the room from the get-go and this only increases as the enthusiastic band motor through their back catalogue and new album tracks.
Frontman Danny Core had a bit of fun with the audience by encouraging them to sing and clap along to their more familiar tracks such as Howlin’ and Guns, while they took it down a step during Turn Me On by performing acoustically from the middle of the audience and were only lit by phone lights. This was also where I understood just how strong Danny’s gravelly yet soulful voice is, as he performed without a microphone to hushed fans who clearly enjoyed the moment. New tracks Bang Bang and Snake Eyes seemed to be particular crowd-pleasers; so I am excited to see what the new album brings when it is released next month.