@The Bodega Nottingham
I had heard of The Spitfires before. I think they came up on my youtube list as a suggestion. The first song I ever heard of them was 'So long'. I enjoyed it so when I saw they were coming in town I bought me my ticket.
By now I learned my lesson of not arriving right when the doors open. This time, given it was on a Saturday and I did have prior engagement I went slightly late. I missed the supporting band. (I will need to google them as I am in total darkness of their music as I write this). I arrived at the venue just in time when The Spitfires entered the stage.
The venue was crowded with people of over 45ish. As I was ordering my usual soft drink, the lead singer welcomed the crowd in what I suspect was English - but I didn't understand a word he said!!!! Nothing!! Truly!! I can't even tell you what accent he has (I'm bad with accents). When the singing began, I still didn't understand a word.
Got my usual left side of the stage spot. I knew most of the songs they sang. I think I can say - I preferred the youtube performances than the live one. I don't know all the lyrics so at least at the youtube performance I can understand!
At some point, the lead singer in between songs attempted to say a joke. Only one person laughed. Again, I didn't understand a word he said. This time however, someone from the crowd yelled: 'Nobody understood what you said'! Probably the only person that caught the funny remark!
Another person then yelled: ' Speak in English!'. Everybody, laughed. I was relieved it wasn't just me. Nobody understood a word he said. Poor guy, he smirked and said 'Speak in fukin English' ....this I somehow understood!!!
Well, the gig continued. The crowd was dancing and enjoying themselves. It kind of seemed they were all related. As if it was their aunts and uncles - cause they were of that age. It kind of felt I was at a family party where the sons are singing and the family is enjoying. Even if so or if not, the audience did have a good time ...and that is what matters.
The part I enjoyed the most was when they sang '4am'. First it was sung by the lead singer solo and then on the second rendition the whole band played the song. At the end of the gig, the crowd went crazy saying how great they were and things like that - which fortifies my impression that they were related!
Just your average gig going creative writer. Expect these reviews to be highly subjective and completely unprofessional but hopefully entertaining and informative.