Review: The Loving Cup – Goofer Dust (LC0001)
Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2009
THE LOVING CUP
Over the last couple of years the Deeside-based country rockers, The Loving Cup, have gone from strength to strength, and are now a potent force on the live scene, with their swaggering country-flavoured rock, with a blues edge – think a mix of The Flying Burrito Brothers, country Rolling Stones and early Black Crowes – and “Goofer Dust”, their second album, is a fine snapshot of the live show.
The band – Jarred Livesey (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Gareth Catterall (lead and rhythm guitar), Andy Vickers (lead and slide guitar), Manuel Delmonte (bass, on the cd only), and Neil Roberts (drums) – have written all the material here, but bolster the live set with some classic covers from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Faces.
The sound is fleshed out here by the gutsy blues harmonica of Pete Reaney, who features on several of the tracks, including the opening “Deadman Jump”, with his harmonica and a scratchy acoustic steel guitar intro before the band power in, driven by the twin guitars of Catterall and Vickers; the following “Blood On The Sidewalk” is in similar vein, with Jarred Livesey’s great voice to the fore, with the guitars meshing beautifully again.
The straight country tune “Waiting For My Luck To Change” takes the pace down, with some lovely pedal steel guitar and banjo from Andy Vickers; the boys remain in country territory on the lovely “Troubles Weigh Me Down”, with the pace taken up on the live favourite “Candyman” – more top slide work from Andy Vickers here.
The rousing “Bring Along Your Lovers” has a hook as catchy as they come, with “Two-Hundred Dollar Ring” being firmly in the classic Americana camp, with guest Hammond organ here from Dave Goldberg, and another storming performance from the whole band. The plaintive ballad “You’re The Only One” sees another top vocal from Jarred Livesey – one of the albums highlights for me.
It’s great to have a band as good as this on our doorstep – catch them at a venue near you this year, as they gig regularly, with Telford’s Warehouse scheduled to see them at least a couple of times – where you can pick up this fine release!