3 bands - 3 reviews (all is not what it always seems)
so last night me and ryan from the fix ("from the fix" is his actual surname) had to go out to sort some stuff out with one of our upcoming gigs so we decided to turn it into a bit of a mission to see a few bands.
so we ended up seeing three completely different bands and one support act, and to be honest were VERY surprised at what we found.
(please bare in mind that we only saw a 30-45 minute snap shot of each gig so thats all we have to base our opinion on)
now im not gonna name any names on this one coz im sure certain people will get quite upset but two of the bands we saw (who make some quite BIG claims) were, to be brutally honest, piss poor. one band was average but the surprise of the evening was the guy supporting "the cotton house" shakers at the black horse. he did a solo blues/folk/country style acoustic set. his voice was great and his guitar work was brilliant without ever being overly flash. hats off to the guy and by the end of his short set, people of all ages and backgrounds were genuinely enjoying it, even the chavs!
so as i said im not gonna name any more names but the first band we saw were blighted with sound problems (which i am completely discounting as we all know these can happen at the best of times) but the band were out of time with each other, the guitarist thought he could play things he couldnt. one of the easiest riffs/intros ever (voodoo chile) was completely mangled beyond all belief! the drummer wasnt leading anybody and seemed to be simply tagging along for the ride and the bassist was all over the place, literally!
the result was what can only be described as a disapointing "mess"
the second band were the average one with what can only be described as a pretty generic blues band. the songs were all played for 10 minutes longer than the should be with each band member taking a solo in each song. after a while it became clear that neither of the players had nowhere near the amount of talent/skill required to hold such attention. although average and pretty boring they did however play tunes that were different to the usual fodder often heard by every blues band ever!
the last band were another poor showing. the key word is boring.
people are probably gonna throw at me the old line of im too young to appreciate the music and that im only interested in oasis etc but i am always open minded when i watch a band and ive seen great hard rock bands, great classic rock bands and great folk bands and enjoyed them all. but the final band were just bland, boring and didnt hold my interest at all. yet again, it was another band that frequently talk up their own achievements.
so i just wanted to tag on that the only reason ive written this blog is that im sick of hearing the usual "place was heaving and everyone was singing along" blog, not that i dont think bands should stick them on but its been said so much that i dont really believe them anymore. so since we all say we can be honest about our own performances but very rarely are i thought id stick a few homes truths up on here.
im sure i'll get absolutely ripped to shreds for this and i anitcipate a long, lonely walk in NWB wilderness AND people slagging THE FIX off will be par for the course im sure, but i couldve done this anonymously (ala LQ) but thought id have the guts to bang it up in my own name!
so here goes...........................