Verra Cruz - Stingray's Last Stand: Live at Big Church Day Out 2018

Published Saturday 25th January 2020
Verra Cruz - Stingray's Last Stand: Live at Big Church Day Out 2018

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177354-28773
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This is a six-track solid rock live EP from the British veterans who, of course, have as their front man one of the scene's most underrated talents, Marc James. Recorded at Big Church Day Out in 2018, it has all the energy you'd expect while lacking some of the subtler bits you can slip in while in the studio. The recording quality is top notch though and very well mixed so all elements are clear and nothing is muddied or conflicting. The vocals are strong, the melodies inviting you to sing along, the drums solid, the bass driving and the guitar a sheer tower of energy. The pieces come together in a fast and uplifting mass of excitement. Lyrically as uncompromising as the music, it's largely faith-based with some issue-based songs. It had the feel of guitar-driven rock from the '90s such as Black Stone Cherry and it was hard to pick a best track as all were so good - a great gig, well captured. The title comes from the sad fact that it was the last time frontman Marc James played his Musicman Stingray 2 guitar before it was stolen - I hope he found something as good (or better) to play. He deserves it.

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