On a muggy Wednesday night, whilst crowds cheered the football in the thriving atmosphere of Brick Lane, I headed to Cafe 1001 to catch a band I’ve had the pleasure of seeing before once before, at the Dublin Castle only a few week ago.
The Broxton Hundred are a tight three-piece, whose sound reflects many different musical influences, amongst them, the now classic 90′s Britpop sound of bands such as the Stone Roses, the LA’s and Ocean Colour Scene. However, this is no retro sound-alike band, but one with their own distinct sound. An impressive achievement, considering they’ve not been together for long.
Drummer Rich Ormond’s steady energetic playing provided a solid foundation, whilst the thumping driving bass lines of lead vocalist Richard Lucas gave each song an extra kick. Guitarist Gary Yari-Gerrard’s shimmery soulful playing showed originality and flexibility as he switched between rhythm and lead guitar effortlessly. This strong musical combination was a great compliment to Lucas’ voice, allowing it to come through clearly, soaring above it all without being drowned out by the musical arrangements.
Each tune had something different to offer, making it clear the band isn’t afraid to experiment with innovative tempo changes, played in the fluid style of well-seasoned musicians. In a scene of generic sound-alike bands , they have already surpassed many and are worthy of your attention.
If you liked this review and are intrigued, please like the band’s page here and be sure to check them out next time they play.
Lastly, I want to thank Sarah Tsang for kindly allowing me to use her excellent photographs for this review.
The Broxton Hundred are:
Richard Lucas – Vocals/Guitar/Bass
Gary Yari-Gerrard – Guitar/Bass/Backing Vocals
Rich Ormond – Drums/Percussion