The Peacock, St Albans [Pub]
Wicked! We had a great night watching the natalies, although it was quiet when we walked in (dragged in from the street hearing a Kings of Leon tune 'Sex on Fire') the place was packed by the end of the evening, with all sorts of people all dancing and singing along.
Its a long time since I've seen a band with such a danceable list of songs - new stuff from bands like the Killers (Mr Brightside was awesome), but also some great stuff from the 80's (couple of Duran tunes including Hungry like the Wolf - I forgot how much I liked it).
The evening finished with a superb encore with everyone on their feet and closely followed by the best version of Merry Christmas Everyone this side of the M42.
Merry Christmas boys - enjoy the break, you deserve it, the place was roasting!
Pistol PeteSunday 21 December 2008
Thanks Pete, very glad we could marinade your evening. Hope you can see us again, we promise more of the same ingredients in the new year. Cheers, The Natalies
It's not every day that you encounter a band on a mission to blow all the obvious, tired covers clean out of the water... which is exactly what the Natalies did last night. They may have a girl's name, and they may have a grooving entourage of young dancing girls, happy to shimmy and shake under the disco illuminations, but (without being sexist here) the Natalies are very much All Bloke.
This four piece has obviously worked hard to re-create not only the sounds of the original 70s, 80s and 90s covers, but also the phrasing of the words and the note-for-note (and hit-for-hit!) precision of each song.
"Hungry Like The Wolf" takes you back to when the UK used to have a weekly pop chart show called "Top of the Pops", and you could sing and dance along to songs that you decided - there, on the spot - that you were going out to buy on Saturday.
"Town Called Malice" had the audience singing along (I wonder if they would do the same in Guildford?...), "My Sharona" was played with the original dynamic fever, and the superb Elton John cover "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" had most of us foot-tapping away, nervously hoping perhaps that we weren't actually in a 1970s Lincolnshire pub. Phew.
These 4 players have a passion that is still fresh, and it shows. They played with enthusiasm, precision and a certain amount of self-assuredness that still felt friendly, rather than aloof. A good sound mix, with the drumming not too loud (so the whole volume level was reasonable)... a large (luxurious, in fact) stage with a good viewing area... altogether a really entertaining evening!
Mac MacLaren, Lemonrock EditorSunday 20 April 2008
Thanks Mac, very pleased you could make it and glad you enjoyed the evening. Great venue to play and a good crowd. We shall continue the mission - lock up your daughters Lincolnshire!
Juan More are a talented bunch, very approachable and nice to talk to. A great covers band with a varied repertoire from the last 40 years including songs from The Rolling Stones, Counting Crows, REM, Stereophonics, Travis, David Bowie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams, The Eagles, Free, Dire Straits... and of course Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. I've seen them 4 times now and really can't understand why they are not playing at bigger venues.
Juan (John) has a great voice for the wide ranging repertoire they perform and is also a handy axeman. Louisa does some very nice harmonies and shakes a very pleasant tambourine, Dave is the main Axeman and extracts an array of sounds from his Strat that I'm sure Leo Fender never intended, Millie is one of the neatest drummers I've seen for a long time, and Simon is a mature laid back bass man but the poor chap got stuffed behind a pillar for this gig. All in all a very tight band.
Look forward to seeing them again.
Andy, Park Street.
P.S. Dave - congrats to your wife she did a great job on the sound desk.
Andy McClennonTuesday 21 March 2006