Dan Patlansky- The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 15th March 2018

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray

Fresh from a string of European dates, South African singer-songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Dan Patlansky reaches UK shores for a 6-date run of headlining shows. Entitled the Perfection Kills Tour, Dan’s first gig is a complete sell-out and sees him in the splendid surroundings of The Deaf Institute, Manchester; his second visit to the salubrious venue in under 12 months.

 

Here to promote his excellent new release Perfection Kills, Dan and band take to the stage as their intro tape plays, gradually joining as it progresses, seemingly using it as a vehicle to limber up for the evening ahead. It’s a pleasant instrumental that gives way to two tracks from the new album: Johnny and Never Long Enough, as well as Heartbeat from his previous release Introvertigo. 

 

Resplendent in white open-necked shirt, jeans and waistcoat, Dan wastes no time in demonstrating his legendary brand of showmanship and guitar wizardry, very much to the delight of an adoring audience. 

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray

 The pace slows temporarily with Mayday before being ratcheted back up with Too Far Gone, Stop The Messin’, Dog Day, and Bring The World To Its Knees.


"Who’s the greatest blues player ever?" Dan enquires of the audience, quickly adding "BB King! For me he was the greatest because he wrote the book. He was the most influential electric guitar player ever." The audience roar approvingly and the band launch into a rip-roaring rendition of You Upset Me Baby.


The pace is reined in one last time with the beautiful and haunting Still Wanna Be Your Man while Backbite picks up the slack once again. With a 15 minute plus version of My Chana, the set is brought to a rousing close. It meanders and changes pace and direction, affording each band member their own moment in the spotlight - with some insanely good solos to boot. Dan takes the opportunity to thrash out a prolonged one-handed solo, before prodding, pulling, bending, stretching and generally agitating the guitar and its strings to the brink of destruction, creating a cacophony of sounds and textures that both amazes and bedazzles the awestruck audience.

 

The encore consists of Sonnava Faith and a quirky instrumental called Zimmer 7, and it’s clear by the audience’s overwhelmingly positive reaction that tonight Dan didn’t disappoint a single soul in the room. Here’s to the next time...


Gary Gilmurray 

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray