Dan Baird and Homemade Sin
28th November 2014
Dan Baird and Homemade Sin make their annual visit to London town to play a sold out show at Bush Hall. Louder Than War’s Craig Chaligne was there.
After gracing the stage of the Borderline and the 100 club for two nights in a row over the past years, the band has graduated to more upmarket venue with the lovely Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road (Dan Baird told the audience that it was nice to play a London show in a venue that wasn’t in a basement). The band’s European fall tour is fast becoming a tradition and the fact that the show was sold out is proof that their popularity as a live act is strong.
The band is lead by Dan Baird, former lead singer of 80’s southern rock outfit The Georgia Satellites, Warner Hodges (lead guitarist of Jason And The Scorchers), Mauro Magellan on drums and Micke Nilsson on bass. The band plays a music that could be categorized as a southern rock but with hints of Punk in it (like a cross between Tom Petty and Johnny Thunders). The gig had no opening act and the band came on stage at 8.30 on the dot with and launched straight into Hard Luck Boy. The band covers all phases of Baird’s career from his days in the Georgia Satellites till 2013’s Circus recorded with Homemade Sin which had almost half of its tunes played during the evening (including an excellent version of Fall Apart On Me). The band kept the between song banter to a minimum trying to cram as many songs during their 2h15 set as they could and seemed relish every second of playing to an appreciative crowd. The band pulled all the stops with all the most famous Georgia Satellites numbers getting an airing (Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Mon Cheri, Sheila, I Dunno).
The show stopper of the evening was an extended version of Railroad Steel (with an excellent cover of Route 66 in the middle) that completely rocked the socks off everybody in the room. Bairs’s solo years weren’t forgotten either with the tongue in cheek I Love You Period and Julie and Lucky from 1992’s Love Songs From The Hearing Impaired and Hell To Pay from 1996’s Buffalo Nickel. Newcomer Micke Nilsson gelled perfectly with Mauro Magellan’s steady beat and Warner Hodges as usual rocked the house with his swagger and his endless supply of riffs and solos. Dan Baird really has found the perfect foil in Warner and the way they trade guitar lines and solos is a joy to hear. The band closed the gig with two covers, an excellent version of Bob Dylan’s Quinn The Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) followed by the Georgia Satellites arrangement of The Beatles Don’t Pass Me By. The applause had just a bout died down and the first leavers had the surprise of being greeted by Dan Baird himself while making their way out of the venue.
All words by Craig Chaligne. More of Craig’s work for Louder Than War can be found in his author’s archive.