By Terry Marland, Rock At Night Manchester
Review: Robert Jon and the Wreck w/Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast -Manchester Academy 2 -Friday, 15th September 2023
Caitlin Krisko &The Broadcast
Caitlin Krisko &The Broadcast are making a strong impression on this tour and tonight they engage the early arrivers with a rich blend of blues rock and soul performed with power and precision . Caitlin Krisco’s compelling vocals and absorbing stage presence have the audience engaged from the off. Backed by a talented band she dispatched note perfect renditions of their recorded material including Operator, Battle Cry and a moody rendition of “Haunted ByYou”.
In a set that was start to finish quality its perhaps unfair to highlight a particular track but their cover of Led Zepplin’s “Rock N’Roll” was truly captivating and had the audience enthralled. If you are going to a show on this tour get there early.
Haunted By You
Devil On Your Side
Don’t Waste It
Rock N Roll
Robert Jon & the Wreck
This is the fourth UK tour Robert Jon & the Wreck have undertaken in the little over two years. During that time they have travelled extensively building up a reputation for a barnstorming performances with a southern edge. In July this year they headlined the Phoenix Stage at the Maid Of Stone Festival ( previously known as the Ramblin’ Man Fair) to towering reviews. Tonight sees them playing Manchester Academy 2.
The band’s Ride Into The Light album was released earlier this month and the opening track the hard rocking “Pain No More“ starts things off in fine style and has the audience bouncing from the off . The other tracks from the new album featured are “Don’t Look Down” and “Ride into the Light”. The rest of the set is made up of their rich back catalogue of predominantly self-penned classics. An extended “Do You Remember” features spiralling dual guitars from Robert Jon and the excellent as ever Henry Schneekluth who delivers one of many sublime solos here.
The band that also includes the ever smiling Warren Murrell with classy bass lines and Andrew Espantman who shines throughout on drums, along with keyboard wizard Jake Abernathie have built their growing reputation on the endless touring that has seen them cultivate their own trademark sound and reach out to an ever growing fanbase.
Two drinking songs ,the rousing “Blame it on the Whiskey” and the melancholic “Tired of Drinking Alone” are paired in an affecting sequence that showcasing the distinctly honeyed vocals of Robert Jon Burrison.
Set favourite “Oh Miss Carolina” sees Robert John leading the crowd in a communal singalong many with camera-phone in hand to capture the moment.
The main set closes with an extended version of “Cold Night” that morphs into full jam and sees all band members demonstrating their individual skills. The guitar / keyboard interchange between Henry James and Jake Abernathie was a special moment. They return for an encore of “Shine a Light On Me Brother” that rounds of another memorable performance.
The tour continues. See full dates here https://robertjonandthewreck.com/
Pain No More
Do You Remember
Blame It On Whiskey
Tired Of Drinking Alone
Ride into the light
Don’t Look Down
When I Die
Don’t Let Me Go
Oh Miss Carolina
Shine A Light On Me Brother
Just a snippet 🙂
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