Zander Bleck At The Sayers Club, Thursday August 24th 2017
The Sayers Club has this secret location reputation, it’s known by performers and the press, but it’s barely known by the general public, and this is enough to be intriguing. The venue is a very intimate place (with a capacity of about 150) which offers impromptu performances by emerging artists but also superstars. After all, this is the location Prince had chosen 5 years ago, for a secret show!
I don’t know if you can still call Zander Bleck an emerging artist, he is probably more than this, he is already signed to 2101 Records/Capitols, his first album, ‘Monument’, was produced by RedOne, who also has worked with the biggest names in the industry from Lady Gaga to Michael Jackson, U2 and Nicki Minaj, and his videos on YouTube/Vimeo have been viewed tens of thousands of times… and when I got invited to his special show at the Sayers Club, where he is doing an August residency, I immediately said yes.
Zander Bleck is someone you notice in a room, tall and handsome, he occupies the stage with charisma and his voice is probably one of his most striking trademarks, while his confidence on stage and his interaction with the crowd make of him a genuine performer.
During his relatively short set, the music was big, entirely sweeping the room and Bleck’s voice took the lead with incredible highs, bringing the hooks during songs like the catchy ‘Alive’ or ‘Do You Remember’ which were undoubtedly showcasing his impressive vocal range. The music was a mix of rock (these guitar solos!) with giant electro pop hooks, while the final mix was aiming to the grandiose. On stage, Bleck is a dramatic and passionate performer, he has already drawn comparisons with Jim Morrison, Bono and Freddie Mercury, but I could also add INXS’s Michael Hutchence in the lot… you get it, he is quite the frontman, and this made RedOne said to USA Today a few years ago: ‘There’s no male singer like that right now’, an amazing compliment if there is one!
One thing is certain, he took control of the room with the help of his great band, producing a powerhouse sound yearning for some epic dimensions, well aware that not many people are effectively able to embrace such cathartic sonic dimension. ‘Battlecall’ was a song for which they had just completed a video shoot in the desert (which will be coming really soon) and they also played a new song, ‘Don’t Sweat It’, with a few brilliant guitar solos, and the result somehow even got me a George Michael vocals vibe. There effectively was a real sexiness in his delivery, and not everything was coming from his leather pants. Used to do covers, they included two covers of famous bands in their sets, U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, and Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ – with some crazy high-pitched vocals, despite the facts they had never played this song before.
He ended his set with the song ‘Mercy Me’, announcing it could be a possible number one in a year from now. Don’t take this for just wishful thinking because the enthusiasm and passion transpiring in his music could well bring Zander Bleck to the top really soon.
Do You Remember
Don’t Sweat It
Where The Streets Have No Name- U2 cover
Dream On – Aerosmith cover