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Sunday, 6 May 2007

rock and roll deafness...

Last night, we went out for the first Saturday night out in Luton in what must be years.The Live Room, at Charlie Browns Nightclub, is just North of the railway station in Luton, and claims to be Luton's first industry-standard live 'venue' - certainly in over a decade!

Three bands were performing live - two local acts, and the splendid Bluetones.

First up were Toy Drum, a melodic indie band, who performed some catchy tunes, although some of us thought they were very similar to each other. () From their flyer, they offer "free transport to non-Luton gigs" which sounds like a good idea, certainly for a less established band.

Next, came The Suspects, who, quite apart from the very passable songs they sang (), had the strangest performing layout I'd ever seen. Although the drummer was at the back, the two guitarists stood either side of the front of the stage, alternating vocals between them, leaving 'pole position' to the bassist (with no microphone) who spent much of his time looking at his instrument, as did we. They all seemed a bit, well, off their collective faces, too, which didn't help with the distraction.

Anyway, as the temperature gradually rose in the building, despite large fans suspended from the roof, the main act for the evening finally arrived - Mark Morriss, with his genial stage presence and his small gathering of skilled musicians, performed some classic songs () - much like Crowded House, you'd be surprised how many you recognise - and a few of the more recent singles, which are excellent songs despite their lack of chart success.

The stage was small, and the venue fairly intimate, but the music for the whole evening was very, very loud. Maybe it's my age, or maybe it's that I am very keen to maintain the use of my ears for work and leisure, but the fact they're still ringing twenty-four hours later should remind me to bring ear-plugs next time. It does raise the question 'why does it have to be at such a high volume?' but when a thirty-five year old asks that, more often than not, a comment might be made about his age...

A few cameraphone pictures of the gig:

Toy Drum at The Live Room, Luton
Toy Drum
The Suspects at The Live Room, Luton
The Suspects
The Bluetones at The Live Room, Luton
The Bluetones
(click for slightly bigger)

There's only one other event I'd very much like to attend in the near future (save for some live comedy - there seem to be comedy nights popping up all over the place these days!), and that's the remarkable sounding Radioworks exhibition, which takes place under London by (all accounts) and I would be very disappointed to miss!

Posted by james at May 6, 2007 9:26 PM

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