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With their steam-punk aesthetic and boisterous music, The Jar Family certainly offered something different for their fans in Lichfield when they played at the Guildhall.
The six piece tore through songs from their latest release – Jarmalade – and new tracks from their as yet unnamed forthcoming album.
With a soundscape that borrowed heavily from Bob Dylan, early Bruce Springsteen, punk, funk, rock, the progressive sounds of early Pink Floyd, and fine quality modern country, their two hour concert delivered fine, pin-sharp musicianship, dynamic interplay, and a crowd-pleasing sound.
All of the musicians had a share in singing and writing and the night featured some fine five-part harmonies, while the instrument swapping between members showed their collective talent and lack of ego.
Many of the songs were upbeat, which gave the drummer a lot of the musical heavy lifting, but the better received songs of the evening were the slower ballads, such as the protest war song 1914.
Songs such as You Took my Money and It’s a Mad World being particular stand outs from the first set.
The second set featured live try-outs for some new songs such as the jaunty Leave Me Alone, the countryish Nothing I Do and The World’s Too Fast, while old favourites such as The Machine were a good showcase for the guitar work within the band.
In For a Penny was the type of lively folk tune that the Pogues built their reputations on, before new single In the Clouds discussed seeing faces in thr sky.
A spontaneous standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience was more than amply rewarded with the sing-along anthem of I Have To Go.
The Jar Family are a fine live proposition and are worth an evening of any music fan’s time. If you missed the concert, a free live ep is available from the band’s Facebook page.
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