Mayhem [Covers 70s - present, Duo]
Me and my biker mates often stop in here, gigs vary, but it can be buzzing - this wasn't one of those times; a rainy day meant not many here, which was a real shame. When I saw the band on stage, I thought we were in for a lightweight pop act rather than the Rock we relish - wrong! It really was tough, some of the locals winced and complained about the volume, though it wasn't loud at all. When the guy sung Light my Fire, the place erupted! It was the best Jim Morrison rendition I've heard, great organ, great vocal, what a climax!Alex, Thursday 12 May 2022
Thank you Alex; I know it was a rainy day, and that kept most of your friends away, but we had a lovely time just the same, the people - like you! - who were there made us welcome! Thanks to all of you as well as Shirley and all the lovely staff. What a great venue!
I like to think I know a thing or two about music (don't we all!), or perhaps I'm being a bit smug, having been a music journalist most of my working life. So when my friend, Tim, asked my opinion about a band to have for his business functions, I had no hesitation in recommending WANDERING HANDS. I have only seen the band perform once, at a club in Hertfordshire, but, even with my so-called wide experience, I was taken aback to hear such superior use of harmony and dynamics, unusual in these settings to say the least. Of course, the subtleties of the music went completely unnoticed by the clientele, even though the band was very well-received, on the basis of it's well-chosen set of popular songs with a strong beat. The two voices are excellent in their own right, but taken together, the reward is even greater, a perfect blend of harmony, made all the more interesting by the clever use of the arrangements, which make the backing tracks - self-made by the band - seem to be bent to the will of the singers, not the other way round as is usual with someone singing to a track. Not only the vocals, but the supreme skill of a virtuoso keyboard player - when I later learned about his history, it all made perfect sense to me, someone who was responsible for a whole musical genre was not about to lose his touch. As for Tim, after hearing only the first few songs, he made up his mind to offer the band a residency. And so he should.......Jack Diamond, Thursday 24 February 2022
Many thanks for that really nice review, Jack - and for the recommendation! All work gratefully received!