Live review – Big Boy Bloater and The Limits @…

(Photo credit: Sound Photography)

Show date: 20th September

Big Boy Bloater and the Limits are Back in Camden and this time it’s for the album launch of his new collection of work under the name of Pills.

“I have Pills for sale tonight” Bloater proudly announced during the set of engaging Blues. But let’s be clear, he was referring to his new album on sale at the Merch stand!

Kicking off with the title track of the new album (Pills if you hadn’t already got that) got the capacity attendance off to a motivated start with the shuffle style riff and drumming. It’s worthy to note here that as a trio, this band do kick ass. The quality of musicianship is excellent in many ways, they are tight, well balanced (musically!), have great stage presence, and above all else they entertain.

The band played a mixture of the new album with previous releases from ‘Luxury Hobo’ which when you look at the deliverable in the round it is fair to say that Big Boy Bloater and the Limits have a very versatile package of diverse tracks that keeps them interesting throughout the whole set and stands them out of the ‘just a blues band’ pigeon hole.

The running order for the night was;

PILLS

ROBOT GIRLFRIEND

SLACKER’S PARADISE
THE DIGITAL NUMBER OF THE BEAST

I GOT THE FEELING SOMEONE’S

FRIDAY NIGHTS ALRIGHT FOR DRINKING
MESSING WITH THE BOOZE
STOP STRINGING ME ALONG

UNNATURALLY CHARMING

OOPS SORRY

THE SATURDAY NIGHT DESPERATIONAL SHUFFLE

INSANELY HAPPY

DEVILS NOT ANGELS

I LOVE YOU (BUT I CAN’T STAND YOUR FRIENDS)

LEONARD CHOHEN

IT CAME OUT OF THE SWAMP

THIS AIN’T RUFUS’

Prior to ‘Stop Stringing Me Along’ Bloater introduces his backing singer in the crowd to thank her for her contribution. Incidentally, she was singing along throughout the show. Bloater has this ability to engage with his audience and does between every song with a little story, introduction, or simply a sip of his beer and a “cheers” – or two – or three!

It is clear to me that this band have immense talent and are acclaimed by some big names in the industry. If they are playing a town near you, they are a must see and the new album ‘Pills’ is definitely worthy of a purchase!