New York Tourists
Blackburn’s New York Tourists headlined Academy 3 on Saturday night with their own brand of soulful alternative rock. Nigel Carr, (words), and Paul Husband, (photographs), capture the event for Louder Than War.
Three bands for a fiver! not bad going in this these straightened times, but that’s what’s on offer tonight with Barron and Delamere opening for the headliners. A night of soaring melodies, deep basslines and the odd dodgy cover.
It’s a packed house with NYT, as the crowd prefer to chant, (you can kind of understand why), putting on a coach from their home town. Bulking up the audience numbers with their dedicated supporters, band T shirts and all.
I arrive with Delamere in full throttle, plenty of soaring melodies and keyboards underpinned by a rich bass driven back beat. Apart from one lowlight; a cover of Candi Staton’s Young Hearts Run Free, the band deliver in many ways a perfectly crafted pop performance. Vocalist James Fitchford adds a touch of Slaves inspired drama, hammering on a couple of floor toms with the thick end of a pair of drum sticks, adding punch and precision to their multi layered sound.
The band cites Justice, Foals and Everything Everything as influences and you can really feel elements of the latter coming through; Black and White Space just one of the highlights from their self titled début album.
There are a number of bands exploring the rich seam of 80’s dance oriented alternative rock and New York Tourists is just one of them. Slotting firmly into the Foals camp and not massively dissimilar in sound to Delamere. NYT produce a rich wash over a deep bass groove with plenty of echo and delay, overlaid with Gary Taylor’s clear and vibrant vocal.
Taylor provides a proper focal point for the band; good looking, charismatic and ever so slightly humble. He is immediately likeable, with an incredibly soulful voice that can shoot up the scales to falsetto in a flash.
Title track off their album You + Me is a real highlight with an Astbury/Cult style delivery and slight Manics influence. I love the wobbly guitar and synth break, just enough pause and drop to career forward to a rollicking close.
New single Only For The Summer is a modern classic with a great melody and soaring chorus that chugs along good style. It’s backed by an infectious beat, think dance masters, Pigbag, Not a bad sound to emulate as long as you can provide a decent melody to combine it with, which they do perfectly
It’s not all plain sailing; Dead Man’s Leather, although simple and accessible, its singalong chorus has the crowd chanting way past the finish, is rather too close to Elbow. The messily delivered closing track, A Kick In The Teeth, just a bit too Arctic Monkeys.
Their more recent stuff though really hits the mark and is clearly where their future lies. Bright, punchy and original. If they stick to it then I can see them growing rapidly in popularity.
All words by Nigel Carr. More writing by Nigel on Louder Than War can be found at his Author’s archive. You can find Nigel on Twitter and Facebook and his own Website All photographs are by Paul Husband whose website is here: Paul Husband Photography, Twitter and Facebook
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016
New York Tourists - Kendal Calling Woodlands Stage - 29th July 2016
The sun was out, the crowd was ready, the stage was nestled in a picturesque forest. This really was a magical combination that just needed a band who could draw it together and create something memorable. And The New York Tourists did just that!
The Blackburn four-piece consisting of Gary Taylor on vocals and guitar, Carl Rutherford on guitar, Joe Mooney on drums and Adrian Mckenzie on bass guitar were clearly in no mood to just appease us, they had every intention to get us moving.
From the moment they stepped on stage it was blatantly obvious they were ready and excited to deliver a sterling high energy set that would have the audience bouncing along.
This alternative no nonsense band have been described as cross between Queens Of The Stone Age and The Foals, having enjoyed positive reviews across the industry and having giggled extensively since their 2013 debut, with some credible support slots. I was curious to see them in their own set, stand alone.
Opening with the guitar laden Fools, hitting hard with an authentic energy, they continued to keep the tempo up and at no point wavered either in tightness and delivery or indeed in power.
The crowd was relatively small at the opening and it was easy to see how the numbers of passers by were drawn in, to not just watch but to get stuck in and dance along. By the 3rd track in, Two Heartbeats, there was standing room only and those sat on benches had no choice but to stand and get in the mix.
The heavy spot on rhythm underpinned some sublime and dirty guitar riffs. This combined with unfaltering vocals from Gary, even during Call which has some difficult notes and arrangements, begged the question why are The New York Tourists not playing much larger stages? The answer I’m sure will be addressed very soon as this band do not fail to deliver live, both in terms of technical ability and energy. Combined with a genuinely humble but playful interaction, you can't help but be endeared. They had the audience mesmerised, more so than some of the more established well known bands who had played larger tents earlier that day.
Closing their eight track set with Dead Man's Leather, I couldn’t help but want an encore and to know exactly when they are playing next, which to me indicates a band that have done all that's needed to secure an ever-growing follower base.
A rousing applause and a very large crowd literally mobbing the band to buy their new CD speaks volumes when that crowd is made up of hardy festival goers who by and large know their music!
You don’t need to be hanging out with thousands at the front of a main stage to enjoy a memorable band as this proves, often the real action goes on at festivals away from the main stage.
Job very well done and I will certainly be headed to their next gig
New York Tourists' official website can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.
The New York Tourists album You and Me is available to purchase now via iTunes and they play Manchester Academy 3 on September 10 as main support to Delamere's album launch.
Wendy Smith broadcasts from 7pm to 9pm on the C120 Show With Wendy and Louis on 106.6 North Manchester FM