Before I start, I’d just like to publicly thank Elaine for accompanying me to Newcastle College’s Space Bar last night. I wanted to see a band called Everybody Looks Famous when she probably just wanted to curl up on the sofa and watch Strictly. That said, I had been subjected to Elaine’s preferred “aisle crawl” method of shopping for some (most) of the morning, so perhaps we ended the day even!
We interrupted our journey north in my old stomping ground, Low Fell, for a pizza (actually it was one each). I had the pepperoni version... and very nice it was too. On the menu, it was called Diavola, an Italian word which roughly translates as... “tasty, but it’ll get you in the morning”.
Anyway, we duly arrived at the Space Bar... to be asked which band we had come to see by the bloke on the door. At this point, I should have said it was none of his bloody business, but some people were just born polite I guess and we duly settled down on the comfiest looking step with our diet coke filled plastic glasses to enjoy the evening’s festivities.
The first “band” consisted of a guitar player (term used loosely) and three girls, one, two or more of whom were out of tune during most of Teenage Dirtbag a cover of a song by Wheatus (a fact that I didn’t even need to Google... but I still did just to make sure...). The next group comprised four young lads, including a bass guitarist who, to his credit, looked very convincing, but apparently wasn’t actually playing a note! The singer did a decent job of singing, but his “patter” needs a lot of work... either that or I’m just getting old... or maybe it’s a mixture of both.
Falling Faster followed... a bit New Found Glory-ish... and a decent band, I’d say. As is often the case, the sound system was turned up high enough to make most words indecipherable, but they seemed to be having a good time, as did the crowd which was sparse and very young...
Either that or I’m just getting old... or maybe it’s a mixture of both...
By this time, Everybody Looks Famous’ singer Lex had come over to say hello (and I have the photo to prove it) and have a quick chat and I even got a “friend to the stars... of the future” pic with the whole band. I must admit, however, it’s weird when you make a 100-mile round trip to see a group whose singer is the same age as your younger daughter. I saw bands like U2, Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and The Alarm back in the... ahem... 1980s. I still love to listen to live music, but time passes, hair turns grey... then disappears... and however nice the welcome you do sort of feel like you’re gatecrashing someone else’s party...
Moving on... Everybody Looks Famous eventually had their turn on stage and I must say they were really good. Highlights? Well Falling Lights is a strong track and the new single Spotlights is excellent too... but I did have to smile at what Lex described as an “invasion” which resulted in more of the audience being on stage with the band than left watching them! Strictly speaking it’s not an “invasion”when the singer is actually helping people clamber onto the stage, but that’s only a minor point!
Next would have been Amy Can Flyy (that’s how they spell it), but it was also our time to flyy and we certainly did... Newcastle College to Tesco in Teesville in 47 minutes. We stocked up on alcohol and the night ended exactly as Elaine had wanted it to start, curled up on the sofa watching Strictly...
I’ll close with the link to Everybody Look Famous’ Facebook page... talented kids... why not have a listen?
All my own work... almost.