Vintage Trouble, Sonisphere UK, July 9 2011

Recently-accustomed but already loving newcomers Vintage Trouble for their suave soul rock n’ roll, it would be an understatement to say they were a little out of place at the heavy metalling antics of Sonisphere.

In contrast to the many metalcore kids attempting to stick out in adolescent waning – Vintage Trouble are at ease with who they are and make no deceptions in the fact – despite being the true sore thumbs of the festival. 

Vintage but not archaic, the LA four-piece took the challenge on board, not fazed by a bunch of moshers.  Whilst you might think that their inoffensive brand of feel-good soft rock might be best enjoyed at this weekend’s High Voltage or even with pair of comfy slippers on feet and a conservative measure of Scottish whisky in hand, it didn’t mean they weren’t enjoyed by a tent full of metalheads at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Still And Always Will had the most hardened of metalheads attempting to show their approval in the only form they could – many giving a stern nod of approval with every beat, and a rare bunch trying (and failing) to whack out some of Ty Taylor’s extra smooth moves.  Charismatic, polite, charming and energetic, Taylor is a natural frontman who’s allowed to best enjoy his stage with a group of highly talented individuals.  A thudding blues percussion and balanced rhythm section make Vintage Trouble irresistible musically too.

But Taylor’s tenacious showmanship was unrelenting.  Think James Brown splashed with an extra smidgeon of blues and funk and nursed by the softer, lulling vocal sensibilities of Brook Benton.  Nancy Lee was exceptional and Baby Get It On oozing fun with Taylor ultimately gaining joy from the audience’s elation by the end of the dazzling half-an-hour.  It was hard to leave the Bohemia tent without realising a top-lip etching to beam out a glorious smile.

Calum Robson