Saturday, 1 January 2011

Scratchcard EP Launch at The Amble Inn, Dec 29th 2010

The Amble Inn was cosy and candlelit as we came in out of the misty night to set up for the gig. After shifting everything in from the cars we lifted out some furniture and put it round the back (leather armchairs are waterproof? Aren't they?), before making ourselves comfortable in the corner of the pub where all the bands and solo artists would be playing.

Unfortunately no one took any pictures of the gig, which is actually a good thing, because it means people were listening to the music. Also, on literally the first chord of the first song I swung my guitar up too high and smashed one of those lights, so it probably would have been too dark anyway.

Here is a picture of Ben Jacobs at the gig:

How the tables have turned, eh Benji?

Anyway, the music was great. We had sets from 8 Bit Heros, aka Jordan, who recorded the first few acts (recordings which will hopefully surface soon) who sounded great with a few classic covers. We had the live iteration of Peter Hai, playing epic instrumentals on piano and guitar. We had the first ever live solo set from Oliver Bissill, who plays bass in the Shadow-Line; playing what turned out to be complex acoustic songs with a strong ear for melody. We then had the inimitable Dom Pusey delivering the finest set I have yet seen him perform, with stuff like 2-finger tapping on an acoustic guitar and some impressive vocal acrobatics. After him were The Doubletakes, my brother's band, who unfortunately couldn't find a drummer for the gig but played a fine melodic set regardless. Thank you to everyone who played, to Sam, Joe and the bar staff at The Amble Inn for running things, and to all the people who came. It was a lot of fun, thanks for making it such a special night.

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