Live: Blues Pills @ The Dome

Blues and Psychedelic Rock is still alive and kicking and very well represented by the band that triumphs today, Blues Pills.

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

Going back to the 70’s with long haired folk, wah-wah pedals all over the place and psychedelic posters on the walls is the vibe of The Dome, the venue where the Swedish band thriving in Europe played their first solo show in London to a full house. The opening acts were the Bristol band Black Wolf and the Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan.

Elin Larsson and Dorian Sorriaux, vocalist and guitarist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

Elin Larsson and Dorian Sorriaux, vocalist and guitarist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

The crowd was a great blend of people gathered for a retro rock night, head banging and dancing freely, from neo hippies to punks, even a few people wearing suits, who probably have just left work to have a beer. All to be enchanted by the beautiful Elin Larsson, front woman and owner of a strong and unique voice as she powered through High Class Woman, Devil Man and Little Sun.

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

And there’s no denying the similarity with Janis Joplin even if the singer does not quite have the same vocal range she still has an impressive vocal characteristic which give goose bumps to the fans. In Ain’t No Change, Elin is dancing frantically with the tambourine in her hands, following the lead of drummer André Kvarnström with his precise tempo matched by funky guitar of Dorian Sorriaux.

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

Elin Larsson, vocalist Blues Pills (Thanira Rates Photograpy)

No Hope Left For Me was one of the shiniest moments of the night which had the audience hypnotised and yes The Blues Pills know how to compose great contemporary songs with seventies influences.

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Live Review and Photographs by Thanira Rates. The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, November 2014.

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