The Answer surprised everyone with their latest release Solas. Although a bit different it still is a magnificent piece of artistic work. When listening to it I did not find it to be a headbanging, fist pumping record as I would have expected, so I was intrigued to see and hear how the new material works live. I could not miss this show which took place at the Electric Ballroom in London. Joining The Answer were The Dead Daisies (co-headlining) and Lynne Jackaman.
Unfortunately, I missed Lynne Jackaman’s opening performance due to my tardiness. I hope to make one of her shows next time though. Listen to her latest album here.
The Dead Daisies’ appearance slightly disappointed me. I was looking forward to it, as I am always interested in the projects which Doug Aldrich is involved in. The all-star line-up rallied the crowd, everyone was singing along to their tunes, a big chunk of which were tracks from their latest release, Make Some Noise. I still, however, felt that something was lacking. Perhaps I need to give them another try next time they come along.
The Answer were the headliners of the night on this rotating bill. As I wrote previously, their new album may have been a gamble (and career suicide) because it is so different to their previous releases. I can confirm though that it does translate well in the live environment. It not only translates well, but further confirms The Answer’s true artistic abilities. The guys from this band decided to take a dark period in their lives and use the emotion contained in it to create some of the most beautiful music of 2016. The result is something truly authentic, something which you can tell is their own and something which every artist should be striving to accomplish. Any further words will not do justice to a performance from The Answer, so all I have to say is: go check them out. Hope to see more from The Answer in 2017 and the coming years.
The Answer set list:
Demon Driven Man
Don’t waste your tears
In This Land
Nowhere Freeway (with Lynne Jackaman)