Been a bit shabby with the posting so I thought I’d whack this up for your pleasure.
Last night I went to my first gig in absolutely ages. I’ve decided I’m going to try and get myself to more shows lately. There are loads of good venues in the area so there’s not really an excuse to not go. The last two I can actually remember going to were Clutch in Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms and before that Norma Jean in Islington. Both of these were at least a year ago, if not a few years. I have to point out that supporting Clutch was a band from Belfast called And So I Watch You From Afar. If you get a chance, please listen to these guys, they are absolutely brilliant and phenomenally talented.
Last night however the venue was to be The BoilerRoom in Guildford. I’ve known about this venue for quite a while and have heard its pretty damn good. Incidentally, when my band is up and running we are hoping to get a slot here, which was another good reason for me to check it out.
The headlining band in question was The Plight. I had heard about this gig because one of my friends is friends with the drummer and she asked if I’d like to go along to watch them. I’d never heard of The Plight before but found out that they are the band that does the music for the current Lucozade advert. You know the one. It’s the advert where there’s a load of extreme sports type people drinking Lucozade and appearing to fart orange vapour trails out behind them whilst mountain biking, wind surfing, apple scrumping and tax returning. This one:
So last night four of us trundle off to The BoilerRoom. Shamefully we sat out in the beer garden during the support bands. I say shamefully because really we should all support live music and watch everyone on the bill, encouraging new bands and listening to new music. I may just be saying this because in a few months I hope to be in the same position as these bands, and as inevitable as it is that people will be sitting in the beer garden at our gigs, I’d like to think a lot of them will also be listening to us. But to be honest, I’d not long been out of work, I was quite tired and just wanted to drink and chat with my friends. And it is indeed a nice place to relax. The booze was a bit pricey, luckily I don’t drink, but it had a great menu of mostly Chinese food. I had already eaten that night but it’s something to bear in mind for future trips, yum yum.
So after the much appreciated chill out time, we bumble inside through the sound proof “airlock”. You see The BoilerRoom is slap-bang amongst a load of residential houses so this provides relief for the various neighbours from the loud rock music inside. How thoughtful.
The Plight are taking the stage as we enter and warming up with a few tasty riffs. The gangly singer paces backwards and forwards in front of the foot tall stage, working himself before he picks up the mic and the band kicks off their set. And what a set it was. This band is pure rip-roaring balls-to-the-wall dirty rock. Within seconds of the band thrashing around on stage and the singer head-banging/growling, the crowd are nodding their heads and tapping their feet in time. It’s like a tidal wave of energy washing from the performers and everyone’s caught up in it. I’m new to the band so I couldn’t say what set list they went for, what the lyrics consisted of or anything else like that. All I know was they were rocking hard and I liked it, enough to pick up their CD at the end of the show.
It was a really good gig to ease myself back into the live scene. The energy of the show was nice and refreshing, the band was excellent, and I’m sure if you looked really hard our car was emitting orange vapour trails from behind it on the way home, despite none of us drinking Lucozade.