Support: Bang Bang Romeo
@The Bodega Nottingham
I have known about this sibling trio for quite some time. I first heard them sing in the movie 'Last Chance Harvey' the very catchy 'Mean son of a gun' and I was impressed of their voices and their energy. Looked them up on youtube and followed them on facebook. Hence, I was delighted to find out they would have a gig in Nottingham.
This was the second gig I would be going since my move to this city; so I bought me a ticket and was ready to rock-a-billy 'n'roll.
It was a workday but I made sure I got home from work on time and walked my dog before I made my way to the venue. Got there on time, my usual soft drink was purchased and my feet were planted at my usual left side of the stage. All was set for a good night. The supporting artist was Bang Bang Romeo with a female lead singer with a strong voice and personality. She sang a few songs, and welcomed the crowd. Interestingly enough, the crowd was standing away from the stage. She must have felt like we teachers feel when we enter a classroom and all pupils are sitting at the back seats with all the front rows empty! She actually commented on it! 'Come closer, this is f***** awkward'! The crowd obeyed (Very effective but I'm pretty sure this approach would not be appropriate for a classroom!)
By the time Bang Bang Romeo finished their part and we had a short break for the stage set up, the venue got filled. The audience was people over 30-35, with the majority over 50s. I can understand that, as I always regarded Kitty, Daisy and Lewis a retro-vintage band singing mostly country/folk/rock 50s/60s inspired songs. (I know, for somebody reviewing gigs, I suck at categorizing bands!)
Anyway, all instruments were in place and the sibling trio along with a pair of supporting musicians, their parents, took their places on the stage.
Once on stage, they started straight away on their gig and straight away I must admit it - I didn't like it! They played a string of songs I didn't recognize, but that wasn't the problem, the problem was they didn't sound interesting enough for me to care for them! Yes, they are great musicians with all siblings being skillful at all instruments - they even rotated on the instruments. I wondered was that to show off or just logistics of sibling sharing the work!? They even have interesting voices, I have average Joe gig goer ears and their voices sounded good. Just the whole thing together for some reason didn't work.
It wasn't just me, the whole audience was numb too. You might think I was under the impression that the crowd was numb because I wasn't having a good time, but no I tell you they were and I have proof. It wasn't until Jamaican trumpet player Eddie Thorton 'Tan Tan' made an entrance that rejuvenated the crowd. He even commented on the crowds numbness 'Are you asleep?' he playfully asked! (this is my proof) The crowd finally woke up with his trumpet playing and engaged really well with him.
Lewis was well dressed, but the girls... one was dressed with a checkered (green, white and red) tight jumpsuit - which frankly reminded me of the Joker on a deck of cards and the other of what reminded me of a 70's tennis attire.
You may think, so what about what they wear? True, but the attire combined with the behavior was not my cup of tea. Miss Joker ( I don't know which one is Kitty and which Daisy and at this point, I really don't care to google it) was singing her tune and strumming her guitar and kind of grinding on the guitar (unless I was so disappointed at that point that started seeing things!). It wasn't even appropriate/complimentary/suitable for the song sung.
Miss Tennis on the other hand, with her very short shorts/skirt was sitting with her legs wide open playing the keyboard. I don't play keyboard so I don't know if for functionality reasons you must be seated with legs open. If you do, then maybe wear something more appropriate. You will tell me now, well it was shorts don't be such a prude. Well, first thing first, her bum was hanging out and secondly, the sight of her bum and her wide open legs got me shoved by three men in order to get in front of me to picture it. I don't know whether she realized her bum stole the bands thunder (whatever thunder they may have had) or not but she did make a comment about her bum. I don't remember the exact 'joke' but the punch line was that old men should not pinch young girls bums!
At that point I had had enough and decided it was time for me to go. I was very disappointed of the band. Lewis did a great job. On his solo song he engaged the audience. If I had an advice to give him, I would say drop the girls and go solo. They are dragging you down. I'm sorry to say this as I want to always support female artists as I think we don't have enough, but this is not an occasion I feel I should support them. I wonder what their parents thought of the show!
After that show, I unfollowed them on facebook but if you are interested in them and see if I am right or not, here are their social media links:
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Just your average gig going creative writer. Expect these reviews to be highly subjective and completely unprofessional but hopefully entertaining and informative.