REVIEW & VIDEO: Broken Witt Rebels answer fans prayers at Sheffield Rocking Chair

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Get down on your knees and pray to the new music religion sweeping the country that is Broken Witt Rebels, writes Graham Walker.

If your don't, their charismatic frontman Danny Core - who brings all the spiritual intensity of an evangelist to the stage - will do it for you.

This dynamic Birmingham quartet already have a fanatical following who are prepared to travel country wide for what is one of the best unsigned live sets I've seen.

They added to their disciples after a heaven sent set at the Rocking Chair in Sheffield.

Not that the steel city doesn't already have it's own Reverend, Jon McClure. But nice to see this young four piece preaching their own soulful brand of good old rock and roll.

I honestly felt privileged watching them in an intimate setting knowing it won't be long at this rate before they are filling stadiums with their self-penned blues-rock anthems.

Heavily influenced by Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, the band remind of Kings Of Leon with a growly, big polished sound and great riffs thanks in no small part to Luke Davis (vocals/bass), James Tranter (vocals/lead guitar), and James Dudley (drums/percussion).

Catchy, energetic, up tempo and complex sounds, full of blues and soul, but with a gritty emotion that connects with its audience. This lot have it.

But every band also needs to have a unique something and BWR's X factor is Core (vocals/rhythm guitar) and his exchange with his bandmates and crowd, a spiritual chemistry that is infectious.

He prowls on and off the stage, with a swagger that draws in and engages the audience, who he treats like a Deep South congregation, whether he's shaking a raised hand at them, dropping to his knees or even planting a kiss on one of their heads.

Broken Witt Rebels Luke, Danny, James and JD

Broken Witt Rebels Luke, Danny, James and JD

They opened in Sheffield with the explosive Low, from their brand new EP Georgia Pine. With its big chorus and crowd pleasing riff, superbly delivered by lead guitarist Tranter, it sets the tone for the night.

We also get the EP's dramatic title track, with its superb bass grooves, and the stomping shoot-em-up, Guns. But every song is a blessing, with highlights including aptly titled and new track God Knows, Howlin' and final track Shake Me Down, with a climax of drums, bass and guitars which only serves to shake up the crowd to cheers and whistles for more.

As Core revealed backstage before the gig - watch the full band video interview above - his evangelical style is not an act, he is simply being possessed by the muse.

"When I get up there I'm not there to be cool. I'm not into music just to look the boss. Some people say I come off stage like I'm possessed, I'm just so much into our music," says the natural showman, whose soft spoken Brummie accent and boy-next-door image off stage is in stark contrast to the powerful, gravel vocals and superstar persona when he's in front of a crowd.

Broken Witt Rebels preaching rock and roll at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

Broken Witt Rebels preaching rock and roll at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

"We write our own lyrics. We're a close unit, we all write together. When I'm up there it's home really. When I come off, I'm just a normal quite lad.

"A lot of people say I'm like a preacher and stuff. I don't know. I come off stage sometimes and I'll see videos and think - what happened there. I just don't know. Like what was I doing there. We're passionate. This is what we are doing it for. People give us an opportunity and we are going to own it, that's it. We're singing for our supper. We're not here to make up the numbers. We're here to take over."

Bandmates, modestly appreciative of suggestions they are the 'next big thing', know him too well. Bass player Luke said: "We let him off the leash to get on stage. When he's off stage we just tie him back down."

SET LIST: Low; Cloud My Day; Howlin'; Georgia Pine; God Knows; Come On Over; Guns; Shake Me Down.

BUY EP: Georgia Pine can be bought via the band’s official website www.brokenwittrebels.com.

BROKEN WITT REBELS TOUR DATES

Broken Witt Rebels

Broken Witt Rebels

Saturday 30th April: Bedford Esquires, 60-a Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QG. Tickets: £4 advance / Venue Info: 01234 340 120. Book Online: www.seetickets.com/tour/this-feeling-bedford/ venue web site www.bedfordesquires.co.uk
Thursday 5 May: Glasgow Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX. Tickets: £16 advance / Box Office: 0844 844 0444. Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/brantley-gilbert-glasgow-05-05-2016/event/36004F0E9C151850?artistid=1077425&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2 venue web site http://oran-mor.co.uk/
Friday 6 May: Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR. Tickets: £16 advance / Box Office: 0161 832 1111. Book Online: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/brantley-gilbert-manchester-06-05-2016/event/1F004F0EA36A278F?artistid=1077425&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2 venue web site www.manchesteracademy.net
Saturday 7 May: Birmingham O2 Institute, 78 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DY. Tickets: £16 advance / Box Office: 0844 844 0444. Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/brantley-gilbert-birmingham-07-05-2016/event/1F004F0EAB722DB5?artistid=1077425&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2 venue web site http://o2institutebirmingham.co.uk/
Sunday 8 May: London Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT. Tickets: £18.50 advance/ Box Office: 0844 477 2000. Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/brantley-gilbert-london-08-05-2016/event/1F004F0EA067264C?artistid=1077425&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2 venue web site www.academymusicgroup.com/o2shepherdsbushempire/

Broken Witt Rebels at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

Broken Witt Rebels at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

Broken Witt Rebels

Broken Witt Rebels

Broken Witt Rebels at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

Broken Witt Rebels at Rocking Chair in Sheffield

Broken Witt Rebels

Broken Witt Rebels