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Published December 22nd 2012
Enjoy some dirty blues rock
Formed in 2009, The Smokestack Orchestra is Tal Wallace on guitar and vocals, Dean Hunt on guitar, and Skritch on drums. The night I saw them perform, it was only a two-piece, bringing guitar, vocals and drums, performing dirty blues rock.
The Smokestack Orchestra perform at Blues Rock Riot
Playing in the second Blues, Rock, Riot at X & Y Bar, these guys sounded like a cross between the snowdroppers and Brothers Grim, the blues band, not the writers of folktales. Loving (read crushing on) both bands, I thoroughly enjoyed The Smokestack Orchestra's performance and it got me dancing. There seemed a chasm between the audience and the band through, a lack of connection with the punters, which I put down to an aloofness, possibly a stage persona, from the frontman. Not sure if it's their usual performance style, and I didn't find that it detracted from the music, but it was commented on by one of my live music buddies.
To find out more about The Smokestack Orchestra, like them on Facebook here and check out their music here.