Post by Feed Your Head on May 13, 2007 20:17:01 GMT 1
Nice blurb on the home page Spence. I'm looking forward even more to seeing these guys at the end of the month, here on the I.W. If anyone else sees them before 26th May, let me know what you think. as someone who loves the Small Faces ( sorry, but i prefer them to The Who) i have always been suprised that there hasn't been more "tribute" bands playing their timeless tunes.
They are being supported by DC Fontana. Now i don't know if that is DC Fontana, the 11 piece group; or DC Fontana the DJ? hope it is the former.
I would say that there's not many SF tribute bands out there because it's very hard to do their songs justice as no one can sing like Steve Marriott, but when you listen to the quality of vocals in 90% of the Who tributes on the circuit that argument loses some weight.
Also, there's a lot of Who tribute bands in the US, but because SF never made it big in the States, there's none there.
I'm not a tribute band follower, I just like to see live music if it's the kind of music I like. And if a band has split up, a tribute act is sometimes the only way to see their music played. For instance: I like The Who, The Jam, The Kinks and the Small Faces.
For my money, there's only one band in the UK still doing Who songs the way they should be, and that's Who's Who (not even the real thing do it for me any more).
You could throw a stick out of an office block window and hit a someone from a Jam tribute. I've seen a few, some good, some bad, some indifferent, but my favourite's All Mod Cons because they don't waste time posing or trying to be lookalikes, they just bang out Jam songs like there's no tomorrow. Which is what The Jam did.
I've yet to see the Kounterfeit Kinks, but everyone that's seen them tells me they're good.
As for the Small Faces, lots of bands cover the odd song, but until recently the only decent tribute I've been aware of was Who's Faces, as singer Noel is good enough to carry off the difficult vocals. Anyone that's listened to the Marriott tribute concert CD will know that even seasoned 'professionals' struggle to do that.
The Small Fakers have evolved from Who's Faces and Caine, and that's an exciting prospect.
As for your final point Eltjo, I'm not sure who's the main act and who's the support on 26th, but it is DC Fontana the 11 piece group that's on the same bill.
Post by Feed Your Head on May 28, 2007 8:59:12 GMT 1
Saw Small Fakers and DC Fontana on Saturday. A fab gig by two thoroughly accomplished bands. The Small Fakers were spot on and together, the lead singer doing justice vocally. I would recommend anyone who gets a chance to go see them. DC Fontana played a whole variety of northern soul classics and had the the dancefloor moving.