LIVE down Underground
Since Matty T Wall’s debut release in 2016 of Blue Skies, I’ve reviewed each of his albums. I’m sure not going to break tradition with his latest, Live Down Underground. Wall very much deserves the kudos. He is a force to be reckoned with and his prowess behind the guitar never ceases to amaze me. Recorded at Lyric Underground in Perth, Western Australia, this nine-track release features Wall backed by drummer Ric Whittle and bassist Leigh Miller.
Wall gives a smoking performance as he leads off with the story-telling outlaw blues of “Broken Heart Tattoo”. This is followed up by the intense red-hot instrumental “Slideride”. I enjoy the fierce licks and rolling thunder from the moment the song blasts off. “Scorcher”, another searing instrumental is also quick to capture my attention. Wall is an astonishing beast on the guitar. I love the fact that he brought “Sophia’s Strut” out to play. This mind-melting track from his 2018 Sidewinder record is still lightning in a bottle, just as I described it four years ago. The psychedelic piece de resistance that begs to be heard is the nearly fifteen minute long “Voodoo Chile”. Wall conjures up an extraordinary listening experience, masterminding a cosmically intense journey that stretches across the universe to shake hands with Hendrix himself.
Matty T Wall’s previous two albums have landed in my yearly Top 20 lists, and I have no doubt this one will be in my list for 2022. Live Down Underground is a bodacious live album of guitar-centric blues-rock one can sink their teeth into. It’s a highly recommended listen.
By Phillip Smith
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