Bad Elephant Evening
When we were asked to help out at the Bad Elephant event last week we jumped at the chance. It was sad news that the awesome Twice Bitten couldn’t play after Rog slipped a disc… (get well soon Rog!), and we knew that there would be some disappointed fans of their work as a result.
But equal to the disappointment was the support given to us, Bad Elephant is very much a family and an event like this just proved how everyone feels to be part of it.
Kicking off the evening was the songsmith Jh – we shared a dressing room with Jon before me and Emma went on stage (seriously, we had a dressing room… complete with a lonely chair in a backroom, more on that later). Jon commanded the audiences attention effortlessly, mixing up a piano ballad / driving rock / layers and loops / and showcasing his ability to pen a lyric that takes you into his stories. If I wasn’t going through my usual pre-gig nerves I would have been able to enjoy it more! (the joys of not being the first band on). But in particular I loved hearing “London Road”, anyone who knows We Are Kin will understand the pull of a good piano ballad!
Next up was 1 third of We Are Kin… I’ll let others say what they thought but what I will say was we had a great time. We did quite enjoy photobombing James Allen and Matt Stevens selfie, possibly the highlight of the night.
The third act of the evening was Tom Slatter – Steampunk Prog at its finest. There is no point of reference here, you need to experience to understand… the humour Tom brought to the event had us all in stitches throughout his set and his class and quality was punctuated by strong performances of his songs topped by the anthemic “Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558″. I sang along, and was swiftly told off for running Tom’s song, rightly so (well said Tim).
The close of the evening was provided by The Gift – the purveyors of Prog Rock flying the flag proud and loud. What surprised me about hearing them live for the first time, was just how ‘heavy’ they were. I’ve been listening to Land of Shadows for some time now and it has its rocky-ness, but live they step it up a notch. Including no less than 3 new band members, they powered through their set and I was stood behind the mixing desk for the first time during the evening and got the full ‘house sound’. “The Willows” was just awesome, the band were on fire throughout and even came on to do a little Bowie for an encore!
The whole evening was a success, the vibes of the music and the audience was in perfect sync and it was a huge pleasure being involved. A big thanks to David Elliott for asking us to fill in at short notice, the support from Bad Elephant (Martin Hutchinson was on fine form!) in general and all involved and again just the incredible friendly scene that we are very fortunate to be a part of. Graham Harris, thanks for taking care of us and sorting me out a keyboard to use for our set, appreciated mate! Also Genesis and prog legend Anthony Phillips turned up to check out The Gift, that caused a stir indeed!
Also on a personal note, it was great to meet people who I’ve been chatting to online for months now. The support that you have all given our little band has meant a lot and we hope that the gig was a suitable thanks in return, in particular Phil Lively and David Rickinson – you guys have been shouting from the rooftops about our work and we can’t thank you enough. I got to meet Paul Grunhill from “The Last Outpost” who interviewed me about our album, Pandora. Me and Emma even were asked to sign a cd, that was a new one (thanks Aloys!)
Finally, a bit of a sneak preview. I can officially leak the album cover of the next Jh release, ‘The Sad Chair’
Roll on the next Evening of Bad Elephant Music!