It was a brilliant evening opening for Speak, Bother…
James from the band got in touch a few weeks ago and asked me to open for their single launch but it was more than a single launch. It was the launch of them as a band, previously James played as a solo act with then the guys coming on board to back him up. They all eventually decided that they were a band. Speak, Brother – the comma is very important apparently!
Anyway after a lovely sunny weekend I drove over to Rugby which is about half an hour from my house in Coventry. I found the venue nice and easily (which is always a bonus!) and parked up. It did take me two goes of trying to put a pound into the carpark machine to realise it was free parking on a Sunday after 5pm! Haha, the sun must have got to me.
I arrived to find a hive of activity and my good friend Rob Redwood. It does feel at times like Rob is stalking me! No, not really Rob is brilliant and works tirelessly to promote new music and take amazing photos. We only worked out on the day via Facebook that we were both going to be there. After sitting around for a little while it was my turn to soundcheck. Before I go any further I must describe the wonderful room this show was being held in. It was full of old beer signs and large wooden tables. The backdrop for the music were bookshelves full of intriguing books and vintage style table lamps. It looked brilliant and very cosy!
The soundcheck was grand. Lovely stage sound and a lovely setting to be playing in. The details for this show had been kept very quiet as it was an invite only affair and as soon as the doors opened the place filled up very quickly. James gave me a lovely warm introduction and I played my set. The audience were very attentive and responded really well, thank you to you if you were there.
After I played I managed to squeeze back to the Suitcase Shop and chatted to several people and sold eps and albums. As always this is part of playing music that I really love – chatting to people and hearing from them. I often amazes me how small the world is really and how many people know people I know. After ducking out to grab a bag how Mini Cheddars (how amazing are they?!!) and a water it was time for Speak Brother to play.
They play folkish music but it is also quite american college rock sounding at times. James have a great voice and the lyrics they sing tell lots of interesting hopeful stories. This was the official launch for the band as well as being a single launch. The songs they play are full of passion and great harmonies with quite a Mumfords and Sons feel to them. After playing a few more songs the boys unveiled the video for the single. So here is it for you to enjoy:
You can DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE for free via Noise Trade. After the night had finished I made my way back home through the lovely back fields of Rugby and Coventry. It was a marvellous evening.