If you think this new Mechanics tour is perhaps some tired ‘going through the motions’ exercise by an ageing rock star then forget it. In a typically well-judged and tasteful manner, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford has managed to revitalise his long-standing solo project with the addition of two brilliant vocalists: Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.
Starting with ‘The Road’, Mike Rutherford calmly stepped into the spotlight with the guitar riff which soon develops into a soulful rock anthem. Then, the Mechanics delighted the packed Grand Opera House audience with old favourites like ‘Beggar on a Beach of Gold’ and ‘Over Your Shoulder‘. We were even treated to two Genesis classics ‘We Can’t Dance‘ and ‘Follow You Follow Me’. Tim Howar is an excellent rock vocalist and front man. In fact, if Phil Collins insists on staying in retirement, I would even suggest that Howar would be well capable of taking over vocal duties for Genesis.
This is, above all, a brilliant, glamour-free song writing project which has always been hugely entertaining. It’s basically melodic pop/rock perfection with high quality progressive rock tinged tunes and intelligent lyrical observations. Rutherford is at the centre of it all, skillfully surrounding himself with the cream of the British pop world. In fact, we heard Roachford perform one of his memorable hits ‘Cuddly Toy‘ before the band provided a great finale with ‘All I need is a miracle’ and ‘Word of Mouth’.
British pop needs something to rescue it from the mire of talent show mediocrity and defeatism. The Mechanics have returned to provide the musical miracle that we all need. If you want to see how it’s done, get your self along to see one of the shows on the tour.
Mike and the Mechanics – Grand Opera House York 1.5.11
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