9:20pm-10:20pm John Dear
Guitarist and singer Guillaume Wuhrmann and drummer Catia Bellini come on stage and kick off the gig with an instrumental song to let the audience have a taste of the guitar riffs and the drums which pattern their sound. There’s some dirty sexy rock ‘n’ roll in it, some sweet blues and a lot of power!
Then they play “Step into the Game” taken from the album Far Down The Ghost Road (Irascible Records 2014), and voilà the colourful blues!
The singer announces that if the public wants to shake heads now’s the time because there is some fast rock ‘n’ roll coming up. And there it is, the guitar riffs and the drums intertwined in the fast-paced rhythm of the song “Rust & Stardust”. It’s colourful, it’s powerful and well it rocks! Catia stands up on her drums and plays a bit of the song from there. For another song she also plays the drums banging on them with a bell, widening the sound!
The singer bursts out saying “John Dear is” to which the audience answers screaming “a motherfucker” and this repeated a couple of times. Then they start playing the song “John Dear is” which contains the lyrics the audience said before. Dirty riffs and powerful drums, it will never cease to amaze me how two people can do so much with only two instruments!
They leave the stage briefly and then come back thanking the audience again for coming down to see them.
They play a song which is a bit hard to play for the singer who, laughing, starts again and then they absolutely nail it! To end their gig they choose to play an instrumental song, long and beautiful which seems to contain multiple songs as the rhythm develops and the tension grows.
My conclusion: John Dear is a magnetic and powerful duo which certainly knows how to make the audience feel the music by staying simple and friendly! Thank you for the good times 🙂