Review: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Voodoo, Belfast
One thing I love about the Voodoo – it is always very intimate show and the atmosphere in those type of show is incredibly hard to beat, with everyone in attendance there to listen to, and truly appreciate, great music.
Tonight’s treat came in the form of Nashville rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown with the second treat coming with support act rockers Jailbirds.
Jailbirds are an Australian/Irish Hard Rock band from Dublin, Ireland who have received rave reviews and have had the pleasure of opening up for NI rock act The Answer in recent months. One of their tracks ‘You Make Me Wanna Cry’ recently made its way onto a compilation album published alongside Classic Rock magazine.
Coming on to the wailing sound of air raid sirens, Jailbirds opened with said track before breaking into ‘Bite the Bait’, ‘Down the Line’, ‘Lucky Charm’ and even a fantastic cover of AC/DC’s ‘Let There Be Rock.’ Frontman Axel McDonald was out to whip the crowd into a frenzy from start to finish.
The band’s chemistry on stage, accompanied by their hard hitting riffs and incredible energy, managed to get the crowd moving and rocking throughout a blistering set. They hopped off stage to a great round of applause and set the bar high, before finishing with ‘One Hell of a Fight’.
Nashville’s Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown can boast a long list of incredible acts they have toured with over the years. Big hitters Aerosmith, AC/DC, Jeff Beck and, most recently, Guns N’ Roses on their ‘Not in This Lifetime’ tour. So when the band hit the stage, a loud roar erupted from everyone in attendance. They introduced themselves and broke straight into ‘Weak & Weapin’.
Full of boundless energy, great chemistry and excellent melodies, you’re instantly transported straight to Nashville and witnessed rhythm, blues and the heart of Rock N Roll in its purest form with their cover of Ann Coles ‘Got My Mojo Working’ – of course made famous by blues Legend Muddy Waters.
From bouncing around with guitars in hand, jumping into the crowd to play solos, even pulling their drums down to the front of the stage, they powered through a brilliant set with songs like ‘Don’t Mind The Blood’ getting the crowd into singalongmode, ‘Lipstick Wonder Woman‘ and ‘Easy Target’.
Both bands gave everything to those in attendance and with the amount of energy they have, the obvious trajectory way is to continue up. They deserve an incredible amount of praise for their showmanship & craftsmanship proves phenomenal.
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