The Resurrection Men – Charles Dexter Ward & The Imagineers
The Tin Music and Arts
5th October 2019
Two of Coventry’s finest bands, The Resurrection Men and Charles Dexter Ward and the Imagineers emerge from hiatus to host a co-headline show in their home town, it sold out, we were there, this is what we thought.
It’s Charles Dexter Ward and the Imagineers that play first. The cables are untangled as cider is sipped and feedback whines over the crowd, the guitar starts, the bass and drums slam in then it’s just no fuss, no frills, just screaming blues psychotic rock’n’roll. Aaron’s hair moves as he sings, and he sings like a demon brought up on gravel, whiskey, cheap drugs and greasy chips. There are people dancing from the start and it sounds perfect. The music breaks and the drums cut in, not jut keeping the beat but destroying the lull, this is voodoo music tonight. They storm into more deep dark underwater messiness and the music takes me. It’s music to dance to, to love to to drink and shout to. There are ghosts of rock’n’roll’s past raising glasses at the back of the room, Hunter S. Thompson’s bats are flying down from the ceiling it’s that gonzo madness condensed into sound.
Charles Dexter Ward and the Imagineers
All words by Adrian Bloxham, all pictures by Martin Ward.