|The Len Price 3 (and friends...) - Photo by Anders Magnusson|
|The Legendary Groovymen by Steve Worrall|
|Rob Symmons of The Fallen Leaves by Paul Slattery|
Next up it's The Past Tense and they nailed it tonight with the best performance I've seen from the band yet. Starting with the fantastic "Lost Without Your Love", they power through their tight, perfectly formed little nuggets such as "Poison Arrow" and "My Baby". They play a catchy new song called "Remember The Days", and follow that with even more great songs, "Angel Face", "The Optimist" and the classic "The Wolfman". The band end on "Jimmy's Love Song", a tribute to Quadrophenia, with it's urgent, strummed guitar intro it really raised the temperature. They got a well deserved encore too and treated us to "Out Of My Mind" before disappearing to wild applause.
There's a real buzz around the venue as The Len Price 3 take the stage and it's like 0-100MPH in the beat of a drum as they slam straight into "Words Won't Come" and the catchy "You Tell Lies". They play a promising new song "My Grandad Jim", before revisiting their debut album to treat us to some rarely played oldies such as "Amsterdam" and "Hard Times Forever".
Then it's the unbelievably catchy "With Your Love" followed by the first single "Christian In The Desert" and the awesome crowd favourite "Rentacrowd". "The Girl Who Became A Machine" gives way to another new song "Praying Mantis" which will hopefully feature on their long awaited fourth album due to be released in 2013. The classics keep on coming, "After You're Gone", "Pictures", "Girl Like You" and another rarely played number "Sailor's Sweetheart". The band end the set with a raucous "Chinese Burn" before being urged back for a well deserved encore. They kick off again with a version of Link Wray's Surf classic "Comanche!" a cover that they have pretty much made their own. The fact that it is virtually instrumental gives lead vocalist and guitarist Glenn Page an opportunity to leap into the crowd without missing a strum.
He makes it back on stage for that perfect piece of Kinks style pop "Mr. Grey" before powering through "If I Ain't Got You", "If You Live Round Here" and "Chatham Town Spawns Devils". Then Glenn invites the crowd to join him on stage and a fair few take him up on the offer for the traditional closing singalong "Shirley Crabtree". Then as the chants of "Easy, Easy" die down it's all over and a thoroughly satisfied crowd applauded what must go down as one of The Len Price 3's best performances yet. We have been honoured with two excellent reviews, a nice one from David Chandler on The Afterword web-site and then Adrian Ainsworth really captures the atmosphere brilliantly on his Specs Blog: "For this crowd, the 'Scene' has always been here. It was a joyful sight
to see the sharp attire, the men were decked out in hooped shirts, flat
caps, and shirts so floral they actually started photosynthesising -
while the women, as usual, looked even better in short pinafore dresses
and flats and, frankly, the willingness to simultaneously pogo and give
the bands the finger as a sign of affection. Almost as if we'd put some
hippies and punks in a blender - perhaps that's how this music can
sound aggressive but feel inclusive: good, fast times." Well said Adrian! Everyone then moved into the main bar where DJ Jeff Munday, played a great selection of tunes that had people dancing away until closing time at 1am. So, again I'd like to thank the great crowd, Jeff Munday and all the bands and I would also like to thank Carrie at the Half Moon and her great staff for the work they put in, not just at the Pub and Venue itself, but also behind the scenes in helping to promote the shows.
Here's a Playlist of some exclusive live videos of the gig, more can be found at the Retro Man Blog YouTube Channel.
|Glenn Page of The Len Price 3 by Paul Slattery|
|Steve Huggins of The Len Price 3 by Paul Slattery|
|Neil Fromow of The Len Price 3 by Paul Slattery|
My thanks also to Paul Slattery and Anders Magnusson, for contributing the excellent photographs. All photographs strictly copyright as credited. Also thanks to David Chandler and Adrian Ainsworth for their great reviews. Here's some more shots from the night...
|The Legendary Groovymen - Photo by Steve Worrall|
|The Fallen Leaves - Photo by Anders Magnusson|
|The Fallen Leaves - Photo by Steve Worrall|
|Rob Green The Fallen Leaves by Paul Slattery|
|Ken of The Past Tense by Paul Slattery|
|Warren of The Past Tense by Paul Slattery|
|Andy of The Past Tense in full flight by Paul Slattery|
|Glenn of The Len Price 3 by Anders Magnusson|
|The Len Price 3 by Paul Slattery|
|Neil of The Len Price 3 by Anders Magnusson|
|The lovely Half Moon Crowd by Steve Worrall|
|DJ Jeff Munday Photo by Steve Worrall|