Our first visit to the small (200 seats capacity) but very civilised Arts Centre. The performers tonight are currently under the above name, although that could just be for this week! (Fans will be aware of their tendency to play with their name).
The familiar riff to ‘The Grand Slambovians’ starts proceedings, followed by ‘Lost Highway’, ‘Picture’, ‘Very Unusual Head’ and ‘Pushing up Daisies’ (one of many requests). As always, Joziah is very talkative and gives us some insight into their involvement with David Bowie before a version of ‘Life on Mars’ which he handles pretty well. (NB. Anybody thinking of doing it at a karaoke night, think again! You need a very good range) . There were some first-timers there, though not many, and they all had a good chuckle at the Johnny Cash/The Who intro to ‘I Wish’.
Another lengthy talk preceeds the title track from ‘Flapjacks from the Sky’, and his comments about the folkie ‘Step out of Time’ being in the vein of Jethro Tull and the Allman Brothers are spot on. A great first set, and they are off down to the merch table for the intermission.
The second set opens with ‘Windmills’, with their Salvador Dali song to follow. (Is it still available as a free download from their website?). The rockier ‘Moondog House’ and ‘Look Ma no hands’ are more from their ‘Flapjacks…’ record and when they announce ‘The Trans-Slambovian Bi-Polar Express’ as their last song it only seems like two minutes since the second set started. Daughter Alli leaves the merch table to play bass on the encore ‘Alligators’ and that is it for tonight.
We have loved this lot since we first saw them at the late, lamented Rhythm Festival. Tonight’s back drops were absolutely fantastic and new drummer Felipe put some real power into the performance (they have no bass player now). Difficult to recommend a particular record to test the water with, but there is a free sampler download via their website, http://www.slambovia.com, so that is your next task as you are on the Internet at the moment!