Hank 3 – The Fleece 5/10
SHELTON Hank Williams III, or Hank 3 as he is known, seems to have something of a multiple split personality.
For during this three-and-a-half- hour gig, when he never once left the stage, we saw three incredibly different sides to Hank 3's musical tastes.
Not surprising for the grandson of the legendary Hank Williams, the first and longest set was devoted to songs with a distinct country twang.
With the aid of a full band of upright bass, fiddle, drums, banjo and pedal steel, the music had the ferocious delivery of punk, but still managed to retain its country flavour.
Familiar Hank 3 songs like Smoke And Wine, One Horse Town, the Outlaws-like D Ray White, Day By Day and Ghost To A Ghost had the fans singing along.
There was even a nod to his illustrious forebear in the form of his grandfather's I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.
The lyrics were a bit suspect, rarely straying from staple Hellbilly subjects of trucks, drugs and drink, and it was all performed at a relentless pace with the volume knob set at 11.
Yes, initially it was exciting and a lot of fun but after almost two hours, some variety would have been very welcomed.
And that is what we got when most of the band left the stage, the cowboy hat came off and we were into his Attention Deficit Domination album, performed in its entirety.
Williams has described it as Doom Rock, which pretty well sums it up. It was monotonous, seriously gloomy and ferociously loud and soon there were more people outside than in the venue.
By this time I was certainly suffering from a distinct deficit of attention.
But there was still a lot more to come with the sonic onslaught of Hank 3's hardcore rock album 3 Bar Ranch which was performed to a rapidly dwindling audience.
It had all started so well three-and- a-half hours earlier. What a shame.