Bursting straight into the invigorating set with “Devils not Angels” BIG BOY BLOATER produced belter-after-belter last night at the super-sophisticated live London music lounge of Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton Square.
His voice was as gravelly as a Mississippi stream ‘n’ more guttural than a dusky gopher frog calling out for a mate across dark swamps.
Big Boy seemed eager as a beaver, filled with passionate energy, as his dark eyes pierced and scanned the room… whilst his hands moved fast over slim frets.
One of our favourites was “It Came Out of the Swamp” — it had much the same rhythm and texture as Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” (probably most affectionately remembered as a Doctor and the Medics song. )
This was a marching number with fizzy synths (unusual for a blues song?) and a chorus that got stuck inside our heads, clinging on for dear mercy, like a squirrel raccoon.
“I Love You (But I Can’t Stand Your Friends)” had an old-skool RnB vibe and sunbaked vocals … with Big Boy cooing like Howlin’ Wolf in the same throaty manner.
We also loved the precipitating rhythm and the mischievous cavort of “Robot Girlfriend.”
The show was completed with his old(er) classic “Leonard Cohen” which was filled with electricity, energy and plenty of double-whammy.
This was a stunning, melting, doozy of a show from the big man of British blues.
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