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Concert Review: Striking Matches and Tyler Rich

October 23, 2019
The Garage, London

“I’m saying it: this is our favourite place to play in the whole world”

Many bands say things like that; somehow every crowd is their favourite crowd. Here, it seemed like Striking Matches actually meant it. They were playing a Country Music Week headline show in front of a rapt, rapturous crowd, including a hardcore of front-row fans who were following their tour around the country to show support.

Justin Davis called it early: “I know it’s gonna be the kind of night when we go all out.” To underline the fact, his jacket came off after just one song – a sure sign of meaning business!

Realistically it’s far too hot to play guitar *like that* in layers. Sarah Zimmerman had it right all along with a stunning catsuit leaving her arms free to slay the slide guitar in Retrogade, Medicine…pretty much everything! No wonder. If we could play slide like that, we’d be breaking it out for Happy Birthday!

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