Got to admit no one knew what to expect as the Jag full of Brew purred into Nunhead last night for the year’s first gig at Skehans. A new venue, new crowd and a part of town as yet unexposed to the combo’s trademark pounding ramalama raunch. Plus it’s barely a week into January, traditionally the Dead Zone of live entertainment. Under the circumstances, perhaps best not to expect too much, right?
Wrong. Seems a shot of The Brew was exactly what Nunhead needed and the overwhelming impression Denzil took away was they’d very much like more of that, please. Ably assisted by their long-time oppos, those two-tone toe-tappin’ tunesters The DB5s, Skehans experienced an evening of unprecedented intensity. Any post-festive fug was well and truly blown away by ceiling shaking set from a full-throttle Boston Brew that filled the venue with the joyous delirium that only maximum rock ‘n’ roll and strong drink can inspire.
From the opening clang of Cinderella to an evangelical-like encore of Gloria, the gang gave it their all. With B-Side Barney Stone and his super-spiffy white Gretsch shrieking over the boss backbeat laid down by Mainman Jan and Lord Ashman and Howlin’ H throwing more weird shapes than a Picasso retrospective, the Skehans crowd weren’t slow to embrace the intoxicating excitement with the rapturous enthusiasm of those reborn in rock. Great crowd. Great gig. (Unless it was one of those Denzil-dreams he gets after too much cheese…)
Copious thanks to all responsible for staging the shenanigans: especially Kerstin for the initial idea; Clarry and the DB5s for humping all the gear; Skehans management for all their help, and most of all everyone who came down to get down… Hope it thrilled you like it thrilled us, and we look forward to doing it for you all again sometime soon.
What’s next? Right now, sights are set on a return to The Maxwell in Orpington in February… More details soon. Friend us on Facebook or bookmark this site to check up on any changes in The Brew’s 2015 agenda. And if last night’s any guide, it’s gonna be wild!