Royal Oak, Hampton [Pub]
Saw this band on the Friday, went on holiday on the Saturday and their music stayed with me. A truly professional group of musicians and the best guitarist I have ever seen in a pub. When are you back to the Royal Oak?Saturday 14 April 2018
Thanks for the great review - it's much appreciated - especially by Jez! We're not sure when we're back at the Royal Oak, but watch this space...
Well this review is a little bit belated to say this least.
Its a long Story but Mr Welsh (the drummer) and I go way back, playing in bands together from when our hair was much darker than it is now. In-fact, 3 or 4 year back we formed the rock band Jump The Gunn which is still going strong and very popular on the local circuit.
So when Terry said to me about 18 months ago he wanted to form is own Ska band, my initial reaction was your nuts but knowing his absolute love of the genre, it just seemed right somehow to work it out and eventually El Tel stood down from JTG.
So tonight was the first night I get to see my mates new band and so there is a feeling of anticipation on what lies in store on my behalf.
Well the venue is heaving and we have arrived early!. The atmosphere crackling and its just seems like a party in full swing - no body has played a note yet.
I'm not a Ska Buff, yeah I understood the Punk, Ska thing from the later 70's but never a big fan - however these people got the crowd dancing from the first beat and I mean really going for it. They launch through a first set covered in classics and It is evident they have turned the Trojan Beats into a well honed, extremely tight, party machine.
The musicianship superb, the vocal quality excellent - the sound perfectly balanced and the place going mental what more could you want from a night out. What more could a venue, want in fact, as the bar staff are struggling to cope.
So second half they just wind the dial up to 10, hold on even I'm trying to dance now and we are treated to another blistering set of Ska classics With 'Night boat to Cairo' a smash for me (liked the Sax Phil) at any rate as well as many others.
These guys are that confident they are even live streaming the stuff.
So after several encores and the clock against them - they have to stop playing but for me they could have gone on all night.
Brilliant Band, Brilliant Musicians. well rehearsed, well organised - so just go see them, book them for a gig, let them play your party or festival (delete as applicable).
11 out of 10 for me - all day long and I'm not a Ska fan, however, I know what a good band is and what dedication to your art is all about - these guys have it by the bucket load.
So when I'm not playing, I'll be back for sure - that's if I can get in, as they attract a crowd.
Just go see them - it wont be a wasted night and take your dancing shoes.
So El Tel et all well done, this band you got together has some real talent and really deserves the success it seems to be getting now and whoever is managing you deserves a lot of credit too.
Well I hope the review was worth the waitSaturday 29 April 2017
Really glad you enjoyed the gig... it was a belter! :)
Looking forward to seeing you at a gig soon... would be great to come see Jump the Gunn again :)
I have been following Ska in all its incarnations and even played in a ska band once, since 1974 when I attended a "Blues" Party in Highfields Leicester with a wall to wall Sound System and Red Bull cannies and experienced the authentic sounds and feel of Jamaica.
I have to say The Trogan Beat are absolutely the tightest you will ever hear. We were treated to a rock steady 2-4 beat of all the classics through the ages (60's, 70s Two Tone, UB40 etc). With in 20 minutes of them firing up that relentless rhythm section in which I would include the guitar, we were treated to our all time favourite toons (sic). Top musicians working in total sincro like some majestic steam machine; but with all that authentic skanking feel that defies you to stand still. The crowd did not stop dancin' the whole night.
Fronting the band you have the very imposing blonde mohican haired "punk" lead singer who puts across every song perfectly and fills in with some great percussion together with their saxophonist extraorinaire, whose every note whether just a chordal stab or solo break is totally en pointe. To round off the total package sitting quietly (LOL) at the back and concentrating on filling in as required you have a brilliant Hammond (I think) organ. The whole thing just works!
I could go on say good things about these guys; but the proof of the pudding is in eating. Looks like they have a stream of gigs set up so just go and see them! If you don't like them I will eat my Desmond Dekker trilby and pork pie hat ....!
See you at a gig soon or invite them & me to your party!Sunday 22 January 2017
Sorry to have taken so long to find your review, we didn't see it in the "pending" section... but now we have, well, what can we say.
So pleased you enjoyed us enough to write such a great review... hope you haven't you had to eat your pork pie hat yet!
Next time you see us, make yourself known to the sax player
I love my live music rocking and this band never fails to disappoint... Tessa
Tessa TickleThursday 30 July 2015
excellent night :) as always! great fun band that obviously enjoy what they do which is always a bonus! ;) and play a huge varied set.......we thank you :) xxxx
amandaMonday 16 February 2015