I went to see Scarletts Well at the Water Rats last night with rhodri and Jenny and met several other LJ'ers at the same time. scissorkicks was there along with verlaine, strange_powers and the_heiress and some others that I didn't meet properly. And obviously martylog
was there on stage as ever. Before the group took the stage I was
speaking with Martin and I asked him for a minor favour, which was to
allow me to stow my cycle helmet that I was carrying around in a place
where it would be somewhat safe. At that point an American woman called
Angel who Martin had introduced me to suggested that I wear it instead.
I thought that was a good idea so I put it on and then strapped on my
reflective belt too. Out of courtesy I took it off when we went into the
back to watch the band.
I will say that this band is great fun to watch and the music is quite
unique. It ranges from sea shanties to stuff that can only be described
as eastern European with punctuated oompah-oompahs.
There was one song that I particularly liked which l thought at the
time was reminiscent of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks. I found myself
shuffling from side to side quite a lot while this was all going on,
acting out some bizarre dance step. Martin on his accordian performed
very well as did the drummer, who I now know is called drummygirl.
It's unusual to see a drummer in a pop band using brushes. One of the
reasons that this band is so fun to watch is that they don't take themselves
too seriously. You can see some of the members sharing moments with
each other where they look like they are about to burst out laughing.
At one comical moment as I was just about to turn to Rhodri and say
"The keyboard player is really good isn't she?", said keyboard player
hit a series of discordant notes which I believe was a mistake. The
moment was light-heartedly acknowledged by the band leader as a
"cacophony". She is of course still good in spite of this. So Well done everyone. And I'm happy to report that I did catch the last train home this time, though not by much.
Hi Jen. Nice drumming. I guess I have rhodri to thank for another link calling attention to me for something potentially embarrassing. Last time it was about a post where I declared to have fleas. This time I have charged a musician with making a mistake onstage! I write somewhat candidly in my journal because I believe that no one really reads it. I hope that comment was taken in the spirit in which it was intended. It probably wasn't a mistake after all, but I assumed it was because of Bid's reaction. He seems to like to give people a bit of a roasting in good fun. Martin certainly got his fair share. Anyway, I thought it was really good. I invite you and Kate to come along to the next Free French gig and then write about all of my mistakes. There will be more than one I'm sure.