Cast A Spell, personal favourite Pink n Leopard and a groovy swing version of Harder Faster (see above for content info kick started everything with some serious kudos going to Indya’s lead guitarist Aaron King who channels his inner Hendrix with ease and resulting sound is soaked up by the eager crowd, already few pints in and eager to be entertained.
A residency in a small underground club, 2 guitars, bar stools and a glass of whiskey at the side is what is needed for music like this. Cormac’s Northern Irish lilt gives each story that additional layer of warmth and the songs themselves just ooze emotion.
Watching the band perform together was quite simply mesmerising when not jumping about like a lunatic because even after all these years, the band are as tight as ever and with Koichi Fukuda jumping up and down on the amps and Tony Campos on bass having a whale of a time, it felt like nothing had changed.
Favourites such as ‘Baby Loves You’, ‘Fly High Michelle’ and ‘New Thing’ were laid at our feet with superb style and picked up with fervour from the rockers at the Underworld to do with what they wished, which is my case was dancing like a blissful loony!
The Hu came onto the stage to huge cheers and whoops from all of us and wow they pack out th stage, not only do they have their four members there but they also have an additional four people on stage ranging from a modern day drum kit to traditional drums and electric guitars.
As soundchecks go, there’s no half-arsed check of instrumentation, the band run through both old and new material, the latter giving us an insight into what to expect later this year.
All in all, a great night out and proof that a well performed acoustic show is as powerful as a full electric set, if it’s done well.
Wringing the most beautiful of notes out of his Fender, his gravelly tones layer each song with a serious message, albeit one that’s interspersed with laughter
One of those “should have been massive” bands from the 80s that got lost in a sea of imitators and inferior acts