Lovedrug touched down in Orlando this weekend as they tour in support of their excellent new release of Wild Blood.
They played an energetic, yet short set in the cozy confines of Back Booth. The quartet sounded excellent and seemed to truly enjoy their limited time on stage, from Michael Sheppard’s opening guitar riff on “Pink Champagne” through the powerful closer “Anodyne.” The group was tight, and sounded excellent during the forty-five minute set.
The first three selections were all off of Wild Blood. “Pimk Champagne” and “Wild Blood” had the crowd bouncing and singing along to kick the show off, and singer/guitarist Michael Sheppard sounded great. Jeremy Gifford, who played guitar most of the night shifted over to keyboards during “Dinosaur” which was one of the early crowd favorites, particularly during the call-and-answer segment.
The highlight of the show was the fantastic “In Red” off of the band’s Pretend Your Alive album. Drummer James Freshwater and bassist Thomas Bragg absolutely powered this driving song, and seemed to have a blast doing it. Gifford and Sheppard traded off impressive guitar leads, with the latter displaying his broad vocal range hitting some nice high notes.
The foursome closed out the show with a great version of “Anodyne,” the song that also closes out the new album. The crowd packed the small club and knew all of the songs. Speaking with the band after the show, they felt good about the Orlando welcome, and were looking forward to the next few months on the road.
I was hoping to hear “Ladders” and “Premonition” but imagine they were casualties of the shortened set time. All told, it was an evening that whet my appetite for more Lovedrug.
Local bands Valise and Savannah did a nice job opening the show.
Rock On – Cretin!
Check out our Album Review of Wild Blood
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