Review: The Mentulls – The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 04.07.13

Posted on: Monday, Jul 8, 2013


From the North East, The Mentulls line up is Andrew Pipe on guitar, Jamie Pipe on keys and Nick Coleman on drums.

A change from the norm at BJ’s as ‘youth’ hit the stage. Although a blues/rock band, The Mentulls are influenced by classic rock and that showed throughout in their performance.

Andrew and Nick are both in their mid teens and Jamie in his early twenties, but to listen to the complete sound of the band, one may have thought these guys had been around for years!! They have an interesting line up, with no discernible bass player, Jamie provided the bass riffs on the keyboard and this seemed to work quite well.

Andrew has been nominated in this years British Blues Awards category for the Best Young Artist, and the band have been busying themselves supporting and touring with acts such as Wishbone Ash. They have played a number of prestigious blues festivals and their popularity seems to be growing from strength to strength.

Some great guitar work from Andrew throughout the gig and a proficient drum solo by Nick in the first set showed what talent there is to be found in the youth of today. Many of the tracks tended to lean more towards the instrumental and it would have been nice to hear a few more vocal renditions from Andrew, but I’m sure this will come in time.

All in all a great first visit to BJ’s and let’s hope a future visit will be on the cards.

ROSY GREERLancashire Blues Archive

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