At the last minute, Vintage Trouble booked a free show at the Record Parlour on Friday night, ‘in appreciation of Independent Record Stores everywhere’. The store is an interesting and relatively small place and the band has built a very cool reputation especially because of their energetic live shows, but shamefully, I had never seen them! So I jumped on the occasion and drove to the Parlour. The event had been announced at 7:30 but Vintage Trouble only took the stage after 9:30! And that made me in a bad mood because, who can afford to lose 2 hours? But my bad mood instantaneously evaporated when the four-piece band took the stage.
It is in their moniker, vintage, and they play this soulful R&B music sounding like a resurrection of the 60s, but they do it with so much style and conviction that it is impossible not to move, sing and enjoy. Especially, Vintage Trouble has a fantastic frontman with a killer name, Ty Taylor, and I couldn’t detach my eyes from him and his James-Brown-gyrated moves. I said that the Record Parlour is a small place, and because I wanted to take pictures, I ended to be extremely close to the small stage, almost too close for comfort, but you have to know what you want. This allowed me to observe carefully Taylor’s precise stage performance and coordinated dance moves. First of all, I should have said that these guys know that a true soulful show comes with elegance and class, and man did they know how to dress up!
Taylor, with a natural charisma, had the crowd at his fingers right away. He was controlling the sing-along and the clapping like a total pro, and was demonstrating a constant interaction with his public. Even though all this has been done before, he was doing it as if he had invented it a minute ago. He brought an adorable and shy little girl on stage at one point, then did a very sexy duo with a female singer, and the crowd was in adoration. What can I say, he has the whole package, the style and the sharp suit, the right moves, and the sweet Otis-Redding-Al-Green-like voice. Of course, I should also talk about the other musicians, Nalle Colt on guitar, Rick Danielson on drums and Rick Barrio Dill on bass, who were providing some bluesy-soulful grooves for Taylor’s cool moves, because they were excellent. Being so close to the stage – if you call it like this – I could observe each face very closely, and it was as if each woman in the audience was convinced Taylor was exclusively singing for her. Yeah, forget about the James Brown dancing style, forget about the elegance brought back front row, forget about the vintage music, it was the connection with the audience that was the best part of the show. I rarely have seen one that strong, and when they took a break to sell and sign copies of their vinyl albums, it was real madness.
They call their fans troublemakers, but everybody was nice and polite to me, just excited to see their favorite band in a very intimate place,… because the band has large ambitions, they have a date in Japan in May, and will take over the world in the following months. So are they legend-in-the-making? Are they going to be the next big thing? They gave an electrifying performance, have already made a name overseas, and when Ty Taylor split the crowd to climb on a table in the back of the room, continuing singing and dancing, I had no trouble to believe it.
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