Review: The Motives, featuring Matt Taylor, at Liverpool Marina – 4th August 2011

Posted on: Monday, Aug 8, 2011

The-Motives

The Motives, featuring Matt Taylor
Liverpool Marina
4th August 2011

The Motives brings together four superb musicians, each boasting a considerable pedigree within the British blues scene. Led by singer/guitarist Matt Taylor, the band also comprises Jonny Dyke on keyboards, Andy Graham on bass guitar and Roy Martin on drums.

The full house at the Marina underlined the individual reputations of the band members. What it didn’t know was that this was their first public performance as a group and apprehension was bubbling beneath their ostensibly calm exteriors.

Nerves were immediately banished as the band launched into a rousing version of Jimmy Witherspoon’s “Times Getting Tougher Than Tough” before delivering a couple of original compositions – the modern styled shuffle “Find Another Love”, featuring Jonny Dyke on Hammond organ, and the hard-driven “Cookie Jar”. Leadbelly’s “Good Morning, Blues” was followed by “Looking For The Way Home”, on which Dyke switched to twinkling piano mode while Matt Taylor added a little slide guitar into the mix.

Taylor then introduced a wah-wah effect on a fast-moving number and fashioned a cracking solo on the slow blues, “I Found A Love”. The relentless pace was resumed with “Never Tell a Lie”, the opening track of the band’s Gangster EP, the heavy rocking “Nature’s True Design” and, to close the first set, “Baby Don’t Lose My Number”, which glowed with another blistering keyboard solo.

After enjoying a richly deserved cool-down, the band opened the second set, picking up where they had left off, with “The Rules Don’t Apply”, which was brilliantly driven by Roy Martin and Andy Graham, who provided an equally emphatic back beat to the slow and bluesy “Fat Tuesday’s Blue”. “Leap Of Faith” combined a clever mix of beats while the Allman Brothers’ “It’s Not My Cross To Bear” delivered another great guitar solo. Jonny Dyke then excelled yet again on “Gangsters”.

“Lovestain” began somewhat dreamily before being cranked up to full volume, followed by terrific covers of Bob Dylan’s “To Be Alone With You” and Robben Ford’s “Talk To Your Daughter”. The breathtaking set was concluded with the funky rocker “Radio City Blues” with the rhythm section playing another blinder.

The encore, “I’m So Glad”, brought the proceedings to a vibrant conclusion, which left the performers and the audience completely drained. Goodness knows how we shall cope when the band gets used to playing together!

The Motives website

Lionel Ross

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