On Wednesday, the 18th April, 2012, I was lucky enough to see these three bands live.
The show began with The Jessie Rose Trip. Whilst I had not heard of this band before, and therefore sadly I couldn’t sing along, but it was a great performance. The band consists of drummer James Wood, bassist Mark Lewis, and the singer and lead guitarist Jessie Rose. And can I just say, how refreshing it is to see a great band with a female lead guitarist. And they made a hell of an impression, with Jessie’s striking hair, bright green tights, and brilliant original songs, including future single ‘BoyBoy’, and ‘Devil Took My Soul’. And she was awesome on the guitar as well!!
And then came Whales in Cubicles (Stef Bernardi on vocals and guitar, Alex Pyper on guitar, Jamie Powell on bass and Leo Weston on drums). I already loved this band, having stumbled across them quite by chance, and never looking back. (And I will say, being left-handed, I enjoyed seeing a left-handed bassist!) I was right at the front, wearing my nice white t-shirt with ‘Whales in Cubicles’ emblazoned in black letters across the front, ready to sing my heart out. And they didn’t disappoint. They pulled off a stunning set, including ‘We Never Win’, ‘Across America’, ‘Golden Metal’ and ‘Nowhere Flag’, amongst others. Having already been dying to see this band live, actually getting to do so only made me want to see them again – they were spectacular.
(They are also lovely boys – I was lucky enough to meet Leo, the drummer, after the gig!)
And last but not least, the headliners, fiN (Jonny Garner on guitar, Simon Harding on drums, Luke Joyce on vocals and Kerry Lambert on bass). Once again, I had stumbled across this band on the internet, and instantly knew that I loved them. I soaked up every song I could, bought their previous single, Rapture/Everybody Dies Alone, and bought tickets to this show as soon as I could, knowing just how special it would be.
It did, of course, live up to expectations. The band had been teasing us for several weeks in the run up to the gig, telling us how they had special things planned (“Wednesday the 18th at Bush Hall is going to be incredible. Looking forward to the show!”)
I am not ashamed to admit I love them. By this time, I had been pushed back into the crowd slightly, but I was still extremely close to the front, with a wonderful view. The set was tight and polished, kicking off with the haunting instrumental ‘The Artisan’, and continued with ‘Rapture’, ‘It Changes Everything’, the two songs which were being launched that night, ‘Twenty Three’, and ‘Eve’, popular Talking Heads cover ‘Once In A Lifetime’, and ‘Everybody Dies Alone’, amongst others.
But that was not all.
The set was accompanied by an impressive laser show, and each song by a video playing on the large screen behind the band – including the long-awaited video for ‘Everybody Dies Alone’ (which was worth the wait) and the rather infamous ‘Eve’ video (“Been censoring our music video all day, and after today I don’t want to see nipples for at least 2 days! And that includes my own,” said Jonny, after working on the video. “When I close my eyes I see nipples!!”)
(I was lucky again, to meet the whole band after the gig, and they signed my copy of Twenty Three/Eve (as pictured below) – also lovely guys, it was clear to see what it meant to them to be there, which made it extra-special, to see their happiness on their faces.)
The band put everything they had into the show, bouncing around the stage with seemingly limitless energy (Luke even jumped off the stage into the crowd a couple of times, resulting in a lot of squealing from the crowd!) They filled the room and owned the stage, clearly a band destined to play much bigger venues. And with industry greats such as the mighty Glen Rowe (manager and co-producer with the band) and the talented Adrian Bushby (who mixed their records) on their team, along with an impressive set of songs, it can’t be long until they fulfill that destiny.
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