On a cold Scottish winter night, the Bannermans played host to the ever hardworking Ricky Warwick and his new project The Fighting Hearts. Before the main event however, the stage played host to classic punk rockers Vice Squad.
Opening with “Citizen” from 1982’s Stand Strong Stand Proud, the band open the floodgates for a full on punk assault which reminds me of some of the early Girslchool material. The band aren’t afraid to mix it up either, with tracks such as “Stuck in Reverse” from Punk Rock Radio and “If I Knew What I Knew Now” from 2014’s Cardboard Country. Finishing their set with the aptly titled “Last Rockers”, the band left a hard act to follow and I heartily look forward to seeing them again in the future!
It was then time from the main event. I’ve seen Ricky in a lot of bands these days but tonight it’s time to see his latest offering with The Fighting Hearts. Opening with “Do You Understand”, the pace for the evening is set at a breakneck speed and is never slowed down. Whilst all the material Ricky has released comes across perfectly, it’s the songs from When Patsy Cline was Crazy that come across the best.
With a set ranging from classics such as “FinestHour” from The Killing Instinct to more modern tracks such as “The Arms of Belfast Town” from Belfast Confetti, the band delivered a flawless performance that was one that you would need to have seen to believe it. Ricky has matured as a singer/guitarist/songwriter and I think he may well be at his finest at this moment in time. I highly encourage you to go see him & The Fighting Hearts if you get the chance!
Photos by CoopsGigPhotography.