After seeing Jake Bugg a few years ago at Bluesfest I was well intrigued to catch him again, I’m a huge fan of Bob Dylan and Jake Bugg well and truly brings a dylanesque to his music. Metro City filled up for opening act Peter Bibby. For those of you who have been to this venue before, you know it’s capacity to hold one hell of a gig. The forefront of music, with a capacity of over 2000+, Metro is in a league of it’s own with over 300,000+ people visiting the venue every year to catch the latest and greatest artists kickin around the scene. The Perth born artist has developed a strong and massive following within the last year or so.
Peter Bibby is an artist with honest songwriting with a touch of humour and whit. Being under the huge record label Spinning Top Music that is shared with Tame Impala and Pond you can only expect brilliance from Bibby, which is what we got. As a lot of sideshows rarely make their way to the west coast, we were especially excited for this show to see such a young and well established artist grace the stage. At only 22 years of age Jake Bugg has well and truly made his mark on the international music scene, with people making comparisons to Johnny Cash and of course Bob Dylan I think anyone with an appreciation for 60’s/70’s folk and country music would enjoy Jake Bugg.
After strolling on stage with the paint splattered background that is the cover for his latest album lit up behind him, with very little chatter, Bugg let his music speak for him, moving throughout latest album we heard massive songs 'Gimme The Love' and 'Love Hope And Misery'. Something commendable with the music Jake Bugg creates is the combination of genres consisting of blues, rock, folk and even a sense of easy listening acoustics. One killer of a combination!
As he played crowd favourite in 'Slumvile Sunrise' everyone began to sing along. This track, taken from Bugg’s sophomore album Shangri La, gave him the opportunity to show his guitar skills as he played a heavy dirty guitar riff and delivered the lyrics effortlessly.
At such a young age, Jake knows exactly where he wants to head and is bringing a huge group of fans along with him.