Barnetís own Southern rock band Medicine Hat, complete with Kiwi frontman Mark Jackson play a home town gig.
Described as a cross between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Waylon Jennings, but closer to Jason & The Scorchers, Medicine Hat headline their own UK shows as would-be tour partners Swedish band Diamond Dogs had to cry off because of illness.
Medicine Hat's last two London shows have been the packed Mean Fiddler and Borderline but it was last year's memorable gig at the Torrington that stood out, and the band are happy to return to the venue as part of their first nationwide tour. Promoting the hugely impressive 3 track EP cd "Different Paths", Medicine Hat originally formed in 1995 and immediately signed to the prestigious Gut records (Right Said Fred / Space). But the band didnít want to become Brit poppers and regrouped as a Southern rock band, with Alternative Country influences.
"We make the music, and let others come up with the descriptions" explains vocalist Mark Jackson. "I guess the Americana feel came from our trip over there. We loved the tatoos, the trucks, the music, the whole vibe", he laughs. "But I guess I say our music is comparable to Ozzie Osbourneís guitarist Zakk Wylde, with maybe a bit more melody."
The band signed to Way Out West records and recorded the impressive debut album "BoneDry". Variously described as "Bon Jovi-esque cowboy spirit" and "griddle sizzling, rugged Southern blues, Country Rock", Medicine Hat are that rare species of a band that cross over genres, but always leaveyou in mind of classic Southern rock full of superb guitar breaks, booming choruses and great songs.
Medicine Hat shows tend to be memorable events for both new and old fans alike, and with this being their home town gig, sparks should fly.