"I saw The Official Receivers for the first time on 17th Sept 2011 and I have to say I was blown away. The band are a group of extremely talented musicians and were so tight together musically it was an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to. I've seen hundreds of bands live over the last 20yrs or so but when these guys started playing I knew instantly they were the "Real Deal". The energy radiating off them was compelling and their performance was as important from the first song to the last. I would recommend anyone to see this band perform live even if you don't particularly like Soul because by the end of the gig I guarantee you will love it."


Ryan Mannie


(Ryan saw us at The Seagull Inn, Brean Sands)


Do you like good music, that sweet soul music?


There are few bands in the country that can incite a breakoutof dancing within the first few bars, most bands take a song or two to hit the right groove but not so with the Official Receivers, the band launched into their openning number and within seconds, the dance floor was awash with revellers, by the following number,'Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy' everyone was either strutting, dancing in their seats or singing along in glee.

Funky guitar riffs,Sax solo's, keyboard tinkerings and the frontmans glorious vocal tones, ensures the eight piece band deliver a tight, highly energetic and above all, fun set packed full of firm fan favourite. such as 'Mr Pittiful' and 'Hold Back The Night'. whilst the like of a wonderful strutting funk ridden 'Too Hard To Handle' and a hollered rendition of 'Geno' and the enevitable 'Mustang Sally' helped create an electricparty atmosphere. Slower numbers such as the beautiful 'Try A Little Tenderness'  and 'Loving You Too Long' ooze with passion, giving the audience time to catch their breathe and dance cheek to cheek, whilst showcasing the band at their restrained best.


The Official Receivers are the perfect party band, the sound track to your weekend and a damn good night out, if I go back to my original  question 'Do you like good music, that sweet soul music......on this evidence......the answer is a resounding "HELL YEAH"


Will Munn


 (Will Saw the band at The Marrs Bar, Worcester)



I went to see the Official Receivers the other night at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa. At first when the band appeared on stage i thought i was about to see something average (sorry guys!)  but when they fired up i was really quite shocked. This band by, the end of the evening had taken me head off, I was blown away! They must have played all my favourite soul numbers that night


One of the best bands I'd seen in a long time without a doubt.


Paul Best



Official Receivers/Slowburner Live @ The Artrix Bromsgrove 6/9/14


Official Receivers at The Artrix 06/09


I was looking forward to a night of soulful music from one of the premier bands in the country, who not only play the part, but look the business as well. Not so fast, first we have to give consideration to an excellent support band, whom I would not have minded seeing in their own right. Not soul this time, but plenty of rock and blues, coming from Slowburner.


They have a 27 year pedigree, and have supported some influential blues and rock bands over that time. Slowburner is fronted by the charismatic vocalist Paul Bridgewater, Mike Bannister, looking serious on a mean guitar, Rob Newell, thumping out those base notes and just for the night, a drumfest performance from Dave Small stand in Denny Connolly. It must be said, Paul has an outstanding voice, purpose built for this style of electric blues, and certainly looks the part, bringing to mind Paul Rogers and Free. From ‘King Bee’ to ‘Bullfrog Blues’, via JJ Cale, Free, and Muddy Waters, this band play a smorgasbord of blues looking back across the last 50 years. That’s not to dismiss many of their own songs squeezed in to the roller-coaster rock show. Thoroughly enjoyable, those soul boys would have to work hard to better this.



Whilst not at capacity, there was a good crowd awaiting the Receivers, the cheer went up as they entered the arena. Slickly turned out and loaded with brass, the band strike up, front man Lenny enters,the open floor of the Artrix, tense with expectation, breaks into a writhing mass of born again teenagers, as ‘Soul Finger’, melds into ’25 Miles From Home’. Edwin Starr, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Booker T, are pitched at the auditorium. Whether your a Soul Man or not, you can’t help moving to these classics, helpless against the tide of songs washing over us, ‘How sweet It Is’, to be within the magnetic field of this dynamic, highly charged, band. They are a brass driven 8-piece, towering over the tuneful tubes is Chris on Tenor Sax, with Paul on trumpet, and a second Tenor, sitting squarely on Phil. Tucked behind are the building blocks of funk, Dave on bass, and Tony on drums. Only stalling for Lenny to mop his brow, the soul train rides on, ‘Geno’ almost enticed me to risk my well worn back, but I’m a pro, I had a job to do, sod it! ‘Mustang Sally’ caught me unawares, another week on Tramadol! Venturing up into the galleries, I found a similar picture, abandoned seats, floor space at a premium, you cannot sit still to this stuff. Rick gets carried away on a guitar solo, hinting at some serious rock demons, Simon throws in some nifty keyboard moves, Lenny needs an oxygen mask, time to Show A Bit of Tenderness. The evening is winding up, far too many wild eyed, middle-aged teenagers were about to be released into the Bromsgrove night, looking for more action. It had been a fabulous evening, intoxicating stuff, a superb Slowburner put light to the fuse, and the controlled explosion as the Official Receivers, drew us all in and released the force.


Do you like good music, yeah, yeah, oh yeah

Words & photos Graham Munn


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September 10, 2014   





Well after a rip roaring, happy-till-it-hurts, Soul rousing, roof raising eveing of scintillating Soul Music, I am now ready to party til dawn. As the sun rises I will go to sleep!! Thanks guys for a fabulas night. To Len Moss and Rick Lambe and Corinne Lambe, it was so lovely to meet up again. To all my friends I say if you ever get the chance to see the Official Receivers....Do!


Diane Wicks


Diane saw the Band at the Marrs Barr in Worcester 24/10/2014



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