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    Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:54:47

    Live Review: The Gracious Few — The Troubadour, West Hollywood - The Gracious Few light up The Troubadour with a mindblowing set...and ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> Rick Florino re-caps it all...

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    Very few bands rock like The Gracious Few.

    Last night at The Troubadour, The Gracious Few gave a packed house a hell of a rock 'n' roll show. The band's comprised of members from Candlebox—Kevin Martin (Vocals) and Sean Hennesy (Guitar)—and Live—Chad Taylor (Guitar), Chad Gracey (Drums) and Patrick Dahlheimer (Bass)—but they brandish a whole new fire.

    In fact, there was a palpable surge of energy throughout the venue the second the band hit the stage. It wasn't so much that of a renewal, but the birth of something new altogether.

    The quintet charged through the riff boogie of "Appetite," blending a Southern stomp with a massive melodic croon. Martin worked the stage like Mick Jagger, leaning into the crowd and sharing each line up close and personal. His voice resounded powerfully as he moved with an unbreakable swagger. Taylor tore through the riffs, volleying back and forth with Hennesy flawlessly. It was a propulsive powder keg for the explosive 90 minutes of music to follow.

    Dahlheimer's bass rumble slowly ignited "The Few" as snappy riffs slinked through the groove. Martin's inner rock star stood completely unleashed as he howled the hook, and the audience sang back along. "Honest Man" blasted the band into a whole new realm. From the bombastic heavy rhythm to the jackhammer riff, it's an undeniable and unforgettable ditty.

    Throwing a welcome curveball, The Gracious Few roared through a supercharged cover of Depeche Mode's "It's No Good." Martin's unmistakable delivery gave the song a new edge, and the band backed it via heavier-than-hell grooves.

    With a smile, Martin announced, "We are from Middle Earth and we play rock music."

    With how magical the poignant, bluesy "Crying Time" was, they may very well be from out of this world. It was a slow and at times somber number that skyrocketed The Gracious Few past their very respectable previous legacies and onto a plane all their own.

    The one requisite classic track came with a heavier rendition of Candlebox's "Far Behind" during the encore. The song came to life vibrantly, as Martin belted out the hook like his life depended on it and the crowd echoed every word.

    The Gracious Few capped the divine set with "Sing," a nearly choral and, at times, ethereal closer. It was the perfect ending to the perfect rock show.

    These are The Few Good Men music needs.

    —Rick Florino

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