They were supported by rock ‘n’ rollers, Ray and The Guns, and the garage-folk one man band The Crowman.
All bases were covered for a night of old school rock ‘n’ roll sounds tonight at the De La Rue.
The night started out before the bands with DJ SilverVespa of Off The Bone spinning some trash, garage, ska and psych rock sounds as a pair of oil lamps projected swirling shapes across the stage, transforming the pub into a venue right out of the late 60’s when the 13th Floor Elevators and Syd’s Pink Floyd were breaking boundaries with their psychedelic music.
The Crowman made his way onto stage first tonight as ever armed with an array of instruments to make his unique garage-folk noise.
Every time I see The Crowman his sound seems to have evolved, and tonight was no different. With a sound that seemed somehow fuller than previous shows, but still with the same stripped back feel that makes him what he is, The Crowman was also joined tonight by fiddle player Emma Weldon who added a much more folky element to the sounds on offer.
As ever, The Crowman’s set was something refreshingly different to anything else currently on offer in Guernsey.
Ray & The Guns were up next and playing only their second or third show, though owing to all the band members experience in other bands their set was a slick selection of great rock ‘n’ roll covers including Brand New Cadillac, Shakin’ All Over and Imelda May’s Psycho.
By the end of the set the band had a few dancing in the increasingly busy pub and I for one hope it isn’t as long before we get a chance to see Ray & The Guns on stage again.
With a new album highlighting their more garage rock direction of recent times, Thee Jenerators stormed into their set tonight with Yellow Fruit Pastille and stuck largely to material from Rejeneration.
Playing with the their usual high energy style, Thee Jenerators now play with Mark Le Gallez and Steven Lynch both acting as frontmen and really creating an exciting dynamic on stage, as ever, underpinned by Ozzy Austin’s earth shaking drums and Garrick Jones organ and sax sounds.
Thee Jenerator’s newer songs are now firmly bedded into their set and, while still representing the band’s classic sound, they still bring something new to the party – though it all has the capacity to get people moving.
At one point it seemed like the set might be ending somewhat early with the words, “thanks for coming we’ve been the Brian Jonestown Massacre”, referencing the famously fractious US psychedelic-indie-rock band, however, after some discussion on stage, the band fired back into action debuting two brand new songs (so new they don’t even feature on Rejeneration) and wrapped up with long-standing crowd pleaser Georgie Best.
While tonight may not have been Thee Jenerators smoothest performance ever, along with Ray & The Guns and The Crowman, all elements of rock ‘n’ roll seemed to be covered and the crowd certainly seemed to go away happy.