I went along, after a couple in another pub just to warm me up a bit and this is what I encountered; If you expect a 'typical' ska band you will be disappointed, I'm sure a beard and occasional pony tail were evident. However, if you expect to hear some classic ska tracks you will not be let down, the set started with Monkey Man and progressed through some favourite tracks of the scootering fraternity, The band seemed fed by the reaction of the audience, the louder they got the faster they got, plenty of action on the floor from the folk crowded into the bar. This is a fairly 'intimate' venue so the boys were constrained by the lack of space and volume due to only being 20ft from the bar but the enthusiasm for the music was obvious. The vocalist was a flurry of activity getting down low for the rhythm. All the old ones were there, plenty of Madness and Bad manners, some older ska, the likes of Laurel Aitkens and the Skatalites were paid homage to. The best version of 'Double Barrel' I've heard in ages and more than a scattering of Prince Buster. They started at 10 and apart from a fag break they were still skanking at 12, thoroughly enjoying themselves and, if audience reaction is anything to go by, could have carried on into the small hours happily and the crowd wouldn't have stopped them. A thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours which can only be improved upon in a bigger venue with the volume set at 11.
Post by scooterwarehouse on Apr 6, 2008 19:48:42 GMT 1
Thanks for the review Skrappey ,I think they will enjoy playing in front of more than 200 Scooterists in a much bigger venue at the IOM Rally in July.I think the fact that they play loads of classic covers means the dance floor will be full from the begining.There is a really good Indie band on the Island called Switch.Have you seen them? Well worth checking out. Cheers Barry