REVIEW: The Jammers at the Hampshire Rose, Widley

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Portsmouth-based four piece mod-rockers The Jammers were in a celebratory mood as they toasted the launch of their self-penned debut EP, A Modern Influence, to a jam-packed crowd.

Playing an incendiary mix of covers and originals, the band tore through two sets of high-octane rock ’n’ roll with songs like Can’t Explain and Lazy Sunday Afternoon. These sat nicely alongside 2-Stroke Sniffin’, which had the dance floor packed as soon as front man and songwriter Dave Rees struck the opening power chords.

The informal and joyous atmosphere of the evening ensured that there were no shortage of guest vocalists on numbers such as That’s Entertainment and Teenage Kicks.

Lead track from the EP It’s Gone Away saw Aaron Rees join his father on stage with a guitar, for another original tune that was high on melody and harmonies, and rocked in all the right places.

It proved to be a significant night in The Jammers’ evolution as a band. They closed out their second set to a happy and sweat-soaked audience with a clutch of classics, emphasising the fact that great songs played with fire and skill will never go out of fashion.