Zac And The New Men / A Vibrant Display Of Talent At The Patriot

They may not be a household name yet, but if they continue with the same swagger they’ve shown so far, the Swansea quartet Zac And The New Men may soon be on the wider rock world’s radar. Tonight they impressed an enthusiastic crowd at The Patriot Home Of Rock.

Zac And The New Men

The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023

Words and Photography: Paul Hutchings

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

Zac And The New Men have grafted away for the past couple of years, and the release of their debut album, Reinvent Me, earlier this year provided a result for those who craved something physical. The album is excellent, but it is live where the band really excel. 

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

Fresh from a support slot to no less than visiting Canadians The Damn Truth, who played the Steelhouse Festival down the road mere days earlier, the band launched into Birdcage with a confidence that only comes from multiple shows. 

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

What follows is a strong set, well-paced, with their bursting cover of Immigrant Song now a staple and getting heads nodding. They hit a snag when drummer Will Newman’s pedal fails, but the mark of any band is how they deal with adversity, and they ease through it with some gentle noodling and Zac’s easy style on the mic winning the day. 

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

A ballsy cover of Iron Man segues comfortably into The Lesson, and by the time they hit Beggin’ 4 More, the cohesion is fully back, and the band are going at full steam once more. 

For those who have seen them before, it’s another joyous show. For the newcomers, it’s difficult to be unimpressed with such a vibrant display. 

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

As Zac acknowledged to me afterwards, they have a long way to go, but all the signs suggest they are well on their way.

Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk
Zac And The New Men - The Patriot Home Of Rock - 4 August 2023
Zac And The New Men – The Patriot Home Of Rock – 4 August 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

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