In the past few days the Borger church was home to a bluegrass concert and a blues concert. In February 17 I was back in Vanslag again, but this time for The Roseville Band, alternative indie rock from Wales.
The band hails from Wrexham, Wales and in that they come from a very musical area. It’s close to Manchester (The Smiths, Joy Devision, Oasis), Liverpool (The Beatles, Echo & The Bunnymen) and Birmingham (Black Sabbath!). However, being from Wales they also embrace their Welsh roots (with bands such as the Super Furry Animals).
You can certainly hear the musical heritage in The Roseville Band’s music. It’s strong, explosive and most definitely British. Short, to the point loud rockers.
I do love the energy in the band, but also the layers in the music. Two fantastic guitarists (the brothers Andy and Steve Jones), James Edwards on drums and on bass guitar Neal Thompson.
Although a church isn’t the first place you’d expect a band like this, it works wonderfully well here. They set up te sound really well and the stage-lights turned up a notch do wonders. All in all another great show, Vanslag only needs to get get a bit more popular for these kind of gigs to draw a bigger audience, but I for one love the diversity of the stage.