THEM VIBES – Devilish Tequila Shots in Belgium…

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THEM VIBES – Manuscript Bar, Oostende – 4 February 2016

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I don’t know where or when I heard MAMMA’S GOTTA SECRET by Nashville based blues rock junkies THEM VIBES for the first time. But that dazzling Americana cracker with its irresistible chorus and psychedelic twist crept into my veins and brains and straight into my end-of-the-year-of-2015 All Star Team. It’s the lead track of their rousing 2015 TV EP. Pure, 18 karat score. So thank you so much, rock & roll God out there, for bringing them waves to Belgium last Thursday. To Ostend, a beautiful city at the Belgian coast, for a night to embrace with both arms and to remember for a long time…

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Welcome to Belgium, TV…

The key word was shots. Tequila shots, rock & roll shots, whiskey shots, blues shots. And not to forget, Duvel* shots for yours truly. Yes, booze & burning noise was the dope on and off stage. The best combination of medicine to absorb the devil’s music ritually as it should. From the first chord on them crusaders exposed their true diabolic persona. The band’s co-founder/songwriter Alex Haddad produced a swirling avalanche of fiendish riffs and hellish hooks while thunderous drums/bass team work generated nasty grooves. King-sized stuff. The packed bar got the rollicking spirit right away with a rapidly overall increased intake of alcohol shots as intoxicating result. It helped us also to face…

… frontman/founder/songwriter Larry Florman aka Brother Love. Beware, the man’s stage name will mislead you as he’s actually a satanic apostle of badass rock and roll…

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Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name…

His black crowe voice filled the whole room while he moved constantly like a rolling stone on a satisfaction mission, only taking a short break for a shot of tequila now and then. Essential, spirituous gasoline for the thirsty vox’s engine…

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Jagger with balls…

Brother Love masters the art of using all the seducing I-am-the-best-frontman-in-the-world tricks in the right way. And we all liked it every single second. He came from across the ocean to Belgium only to convince the people – eye to eye, with a grin on his face – to sell him their soul. Jesus’ foe came out rich again…

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Eye to eye…

You know – all you gig addicts out there – that when a band announces some acoustic songs, midway their set, it’s like a signal to several spectators to rush to the toilets for some surplus streams of alcohol…

Not tonight as the band played some amplified country ballads with paralyzing effect. Touching harmonies. Towering sentiments. Bluesy feelings. It felt – I know I’m a romantic fool – as a tribute to the recently, too soon, deceased eagle, Glenn Frey

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Harmonic eagles…

The Nashville rock missionaries ended their storming show as they began it… with some explosive slams. I know it’s only rock & roll but it feeds my body, heart and soul. It’s vital. It’s damn important to keep breathing 24/7. And THEM VIBES delivered tons of oxygen with an exceptional passion, energy and respect for the roots but with their own special and furious mark. Steamy, sweaty & intense. Ace crafted jams, smoking swagger. They state that they bleed rock & roll. Trust me, they really do. Sell them your soul. You will
not regret it, not one single shot

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Afterwards, on my way out, my eyes crossed the ones of a familiar face at the end of the bar in the right back corner. We smiled. We both understood. It was one of those magic nights. It felt really good to see Keef looking happy again…

Their best shot so far

THEM VIBES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

2013 LP SHINE ON in full…

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