’Twas the Friday night before Christmas in The Union Bar, Hastings and the mice were about to be rudely awakened
Tonight it was the turn of two of Hastings' finest original bands to come together and provide an evening of entertainment for a variety of punters packing the pub out. Indie kids, older heavy metallers, punks, skinheads and many more all had a great time, with nary a piece of seasonal decoration to be seen.
First on were rising stars, The Kid Kapichi, playing their own lively and imaginative indie rock. They weren’t afraid of covering others in the odd song either. With the old, The Beatles - ‘Taxman’, or the more modern, Jet - ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’, being dropped in amongst their own tunes.
Fronted by Jack Wilson and Ben Beetham, with the powerhouse of George Macdonald and Harrison Caruana behind them, the band played well, engaging the audience who bounced around in front of them throughout their set. Watching The Kid Kapichi like this it is easy to see why Skunk Anansie invited the band to support them in Nottingham earlier this year.
Not having seen Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell before, I was not sure what to expect.
Sartorially, they dress in a pastiche of a range of 1970's styles (with the odd modern anachronism thrown in) and the music is of a similar mixture. It is a style that pleases both the young and not so young.
For older members of the audience, there may be a feeling that it's all been seen and heard before. This does not in any way diminish the pleasure of the gig, nor does it affect the appreciation of the playing. The bands inter-song banter fits well with the nostalgic feeling too; not exactly PC and a bit anachronistic.
The set was lively, entertaining & well crafted. It is obvious how Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell have been able to build themselves a good reputation within the rock and metal community.
If you are my age, go dig out all your old 1970's heavy metal vinyl and if you are younger, go borrow your parents' (or grandparents') records. You will then get a feel for what Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell sound like.