Whilst ostensibly touring in support of his fine current album ‘Burn Something Beautiful’ the set is drawn from across his extensive back catalogue. It’s a good mix up of rock, punk and acoustic moments with Escovedo effortlessly switching between. Just don’t call it Americana. Whilst he eschews the label Americana to categorise his style of music over the past twenty years I still think it fits.
What he does bring are his roots of punk to the proceedings and when the band rock they really rock and the talented Antonio Gramentieri from the support band Don Antonio ably provides the licks to Escovedo’s rhythm.
There a number of influences on display tonight especially from these isles with the likes of T Rex and even an appearance of John Perry from the Only Ones during the encore. Consider the band have been together less than a month the sound is tight and they don’t miss a beat.
On a night of many highlights stand outs for me were the rockin ‘Castanets’ and I had a soft spot for ‘Sally was a Cop’ since it came out.
Again Bush Hall delivers with a great concert and it really is the best venue of its size in London. A brilliant night of music and let’s hope Mr E doesn’t leave it so long till he returns to these shores. (Acoustic tent at Glastonbury please).
Without wanting to categorise keep on folk, country, Americana, punk rockin’ y’all.