There’s been plenty of hype, but after Saturday’s gig at the Clickimin there’s now no doubt that there’s flesh on the bones of local folk rock thrash merchants, the Revellers, with the launch of their new CD Skeletons.
Other acts on the bill made the night a great showcase of local talent.
Selling over a thousand tickets for the raucous happening – that’s about five per cent of the island’s population – it was a gradual build up to the crescendo that is the Revellers.
DJ Lyall kicked off the proceedings with some bass rumblings reaching even the very foundations. Murray Arthur was maybe amiss on the drums, but it was early doors and Mr Halcrow set the scene with some rock classics as the punters poured in, the converted wearing some snazzy skull faces.
Steven Robertson was next up, the crowd now loosened up and receptive to Robertson’s novel approach to performing which includes a Kazoo – a seriously underrated instrument.
His songs were well appreciated, if maybe “a bit coorse” for some folk. A new song about farting in public, Let it go was based on a Disney Frozen song. It saw him tickling the old Johana and had a universal appeal. The next song saw him go political with a protest about Flybe’s delayed services.
Covers band First Foot Soldiers, complete with a cardboard cut out of Eric Peterson of the Revellers, delivered a blistering set. The atmosphere had been smouldering but was now alight.
Things were certainly up a notch by the time the Revellers took to the stage with their superbly delivered, eclectic mix of folk and rock, a fusion that can sometimes be a little confusing but always unique.
They took no time in sharing their sheer energy (these guys don’t need to go jogging!) with the folk, who were by now, well in the mood.
Natty lighting and video backing on stage pushed the boat out as they shared the songs from Skeletons with plenty of body. Get Away and Kamikaze were stand out tracks.
There were lighter moments to with Magnus Bradley performing with a pair of pants on his head, thrown from the audience and jollyfied members of the audience attempting the backstep in droves. It amounted to two hours of crowd-pleasing songs which showed this band deservedly can provide one of the best party-bash music.