Yesterday I went on a small journey to a certain Bar Lorca, in the sunny wonderful suburb of London known as Brixton (ok, so maybe it's not sunny and all that wonderful, but hey, what you going to do?).
"But why did you want to go there?" I hear you cry.
Well, there was a gig, in aid of the tsunami; more than that, there was an all dayer with a Steve Pretty theme, in aid of the tsunami.
So, what does Steve have to do with the tsunami? For the few of you who don't know (you really should, it was in the boar and everything), Steve was on the Anderman Islands (I don't know if I spelt that correctly).
So, a gig, an all dayer, in Brixton, with a Steve Pretty theme. It was awesome! For those of you who missed it, you will be sorry forever.
First up: The Pretty Small Band, a really good start, the crowd loved it, Steve did well (considering he hadn't played for 6 months) even if his bongo playing (he tried to fit it in) didn't work too well.
Next: The Equal Opportunities Working Group. They started their set with a punked up version of 'The A Team', it was also reworded for Equal Opps. John Lumley – wow, he likes to move around a bit when 'on stage'; he spent more time jumping aornd everywhere but on the stage. It was impressive. The dancing from the Naked Chef (the drummer, he was topless) was inspired. The crowd loved it, even if they couldn't stand too close to the front for fear of being taken out by Lummers.
3rd: The Sequins! Missing their usual groupy Clare (we missed you Clare, or rather I did), they still had a good set, Hywel said he had a good time and the rest of the band looked pleased. As for the crowd, I was disappointed by them, there was nobody there! But the few that were there were having fun, myself included, they even played everyones favourite song (if it isn't your favourite it should be!) 'Nobody Dreams About Me'. It's great, it's one of the quirky, smiley songs that you can't help but love and dance to, we talked about it on the way home as one of the good points of the day (well done lads).
4th: The Big Band. Another well done set. The Big Band were on for as usual, if any of you Big Band people see this (that went on Sunday) please comment, I know I had a great time, the crowd were good, the vocals were amazing, it's be nice to see what you guys thought of it all. (Sorry for the short one, I am trying to keep this short now)
Stupid Stupid Stupid and Steve (oh dear, maybe this one won't be so short): had an amazing set! It was soooooooooo much fun, I don't think my feet touched the floor for more than 5 min in total through the whole 25 (ish) min set! Lummers – an ace 'dancing' partner :D The comment from Chris (bass) was 'I saw people in the mosh I didn't even know, which is unusal' if that says anything as to how well they went down. I managed to grab a set list and aquired a broken drumstick that went wizzing past my head, near miss from Sam thank you very much. Well done lads. Oh and I'll be wanting one of them cds you've recorded (that's right they've recorded a cd full of SSSnS stuff, how good does it get?!).
Erm, next was a set that I don't know the name of (I'm lame I know). There was a lady, and a fella on guitar. The guiatist was good, sorry not much to say there, it was kind of background. The lady however had a voice and a half. Wherever she has appeared from it was nice to have her there.
The last, but by no means least, were Porpoise Corpus. They were amazing! There was a beat, but there wasn't all the time! There were chords, that clashed, then resolved. There was the amazing, tall alto sax, the sax (very well played) , a drummer that just had to be watched, a guitarist, with some really good solos (that word is so bad, it says nothing, but my head is still dead), a bass player, what a bass player, and a pianist, who I admire. I think that is everything I can say about them, to put it another way, they were so good, words fail me (well, to an extent, words that would actually describe them fail me).
So thank you to John Lumley for all your hard work in organising the amazing day, for raising over £1000 (!), for an amazing performance. Thank you to all the bands, for all the hard work put in and the successful sets you all played.
Oh and thanks for th cds Lummers, it's been good listening to it, on the way home in the car and today, it's a memento of a great day and one hell of an achievment.
Glad you're home and safe Steve (if you actually look at this).
Thank you Mr Triangle (he knows who he is) for the lift home.
And I think that's all from me for this post, sorry it's been so long, well done to those of you who've managed to stick it out (;)).