The Joiners, Southampton
I first heard Ryan Hamilton’s exuberant ‘Strength in Numbers’ on Little Steven’s Underground Garage and was sad to miss the Aug 2017 tour, so the opportunity to catch him so soon after was too good to miss. This was my first visit to the Joiners, and my word it’s small. It claims a 200 capacity but that must surely include the bar – the stage depth is about the same as the distance to the desk. This turned out to be a blessing since the gig was only sparsely attended, and support the Main Grains (think of the Ramones with Geordie accents) appeared to have brought their own fan club with them. No matter; RHatT took the stage in good humour and referred to the cosy atmosphere frequently. Ryan himself got plenty of opportunities to banter with the crowd since his Gretsch needed retuning every other song. The guitarist’s Bowie T-shirt prompted a good-natured debate about pronunciation, which in turn led to an improvised song with a working chorus of ‘David Bowie and ZZ Top’. But the music’s what we’re there for, and it doesn’t disappoint; his brand of Texan power pop is » Continue Reading.