I was rather amused when "the boys" met-up at my club - they exchanged hello’s, high-fives, hugs and smiles…as if they haven’t seen each other in a month, yet I knew they had played together just the night before, it had been maybe eight hours since they had seen each other.
Strange as it may seem, this is one of the elements that I think makes JTB so strong on stage. They are as close as any family, and sometimes fight like one. They truly are brothers in arms, a gang perhaps, maybe the boss’s of the Louisville Rock Mafia. Whatever you call it, it makes for a great stage show. “Arena rock in a bar” as Dave says.
JTB comes in two styles of fun, “Regular” and “Unleaded” as I like to call it. The regular is the full band, (Arena Rock in a Bar) and the unleaded is an acoustic version. It is hard to say which I enjoy more as they are both really different, the song selection, the crowds, the venue’s…all different. The one thing that remains constant is; of course, the fun. The acoustic set-up really showcases the talent of Tarc Bus as without the benefit of a screaming Gibson or Fender Strat, they still deliver a strong, passionate and powerful performance.
The regular show is where the wheels of the bus go ‘round and ‘round; or perhaps more appropriately, where the wheels come off the Tarc Bus! Their act is tight; there are no breaks in between songs, no guitar player tuning for the 100th time, no drummer doing whatever it is that drummers do, just on to the next song - JTB is what I imagine that Van Halen would have been like on stage in the early days at the Whisky before they got famous.
If you own a club, load up on beer and Jägermeister, give your daughter the night off, and book this band. If you are going to a club to "catch the Bus"; who themselves proclaim that the more you drink, the better they sound, make sure you take a cab!!