I’ll admit to being a little obsessive about the third act, The Karma Effect, ever since I saw them live at their second ever gig in August 2021, at The Fiddlers Elbow in Chalk Farm, London. Once in a while I click with a band live that means I can’t get enough of them. This Surrey based 5-piece play a classic rock sound, with a swagger and groove influenced by The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and The Black Crowes, to name a few. Their eponymous debut released last year achieved better than expected for such a new band. The twin guitars of Henry Gottelier and Robbie Blake are at times reminiscent of the sounds of classic Thin Lizzy. Ash Powell on drums, provides the groove, ably supported by Liam Quinn on bass, who always looks in his element on stage. Seb Emmins on Keyboards, at times provides chops reminiscent of 1970s Stevie Wonder (think Superstition). Their set drew largely on their album, with anthemic choruses to the fore. They also played two unreleased songs that are likely to see the light of day as part of the second album, currently being recorded. There were many in the audience familiar with their songs and sung them back at the band with gusto. You could see the band were genuinely surprised at the response from the crowd.
Headliner was Daniel Byrne, until a few months ago, the lead singer with Merseyside based Revival Black. He has decided to strike out solo, and this event saw him test drive an electric band, featuring Chris Allan on drums, Louis Malagodi and Glenn Quinn on guitars, with Saul Watson on bass. The band were superb, providing Byrne with a tight cohesive platform for his considerable vocal talents. The set was a mixture of Revival Black material, some from Myke Gray’s back catalogue, who Daniel Byrne has collaborated with, and some new songs, which were very strong and provide confidence that Byrne has made the correct decision to go solo. The crowd were with them from the start, and you could feel the enjoyment as they sang along with the familiar songs and joined in with enthusiasm in the audience participation encouraged by Byrne. This was an impressive live debut for Daniel and his band and I look forward to more gigs, hopefully some festival appearances, and new recorded material.
This was a superb evening of live music, with a pumped up crowd, crystal clear sound and the usual Rock Cooperative efficiency. The bonus was the contributions to a worthy cause. A memorable evening.