This is my attempt at a bit of a video review, so fewer words than usual is the aim.
On Friday 1st March 2013 four bands played at The Fermain Tavern to help raise funds for a cancer charity appeal close to the hearts of the staff at the venue.
The night started with Mike Meinke taking to the stage for a set of his hip-hop infused acoustic guitar songs. While his solo stuff is very good his sound really came to life when he was joined by the twin violins of Becky Hamilton and Sarah Van Vlymen creating a sound unlike any other in Guernsey.
Second up were Tonight The Skies, the duo have played sparsely since their formation but have spent the intervening time busy working on a debut record due for release imminently. Despite some sound troubles tonight the pair’s ethereal dream-folk style still came across reminding me of Sigur Ros with a hint of more traditional solo folk and pop sounds.
Things to a rockier turn next with SugarSlam. Hot off the heels of their passion fuelled album launch show last month the band may not have been at their most intense tonight but they still played a good show which warmed up towards the end to rousing finish.
The night was rounded off by Bright_Lights whose reputation continues to grow for their tight electro-rock. Tonight may not have been their slickest and they suffered from some of the same feedback issues as Tonight The Skies. Nonetheless they got the crowd dancing (some in particularly ‘wonky’ fashion) and brought the night to a suitable close that saw several hundred pounds raised for charity.
I think it’s fair to say the sound on the night was quite a talking point in the wake of the show but, as ‘a punter’ out front, while there were a few moments when it affected my enjoyment of the show, overall the gig was enjoyable thanks to the great music on offer from all four acts. Certainly I have heard gigs that sound better, but I’ve also heard worse and it would be a shame if this factor were to spoil a very enjoyable night of music.