Playing in one of the Styx centre’s smaller rooms did give something of the feeling of being set up in a sparsely decorated living room but, with a full lighting rig and PA, Mark Guillou had done his best to make it feel like a genuine live music venue and, as The Recks took to the stage, the assembled youngsters (and a group of parents, organisers and well-meaning hangers-on) seemed fascinated in what was to come as the Guernsey Arts Commission’s Marcel Le Normand interviewed the band about why they do what they do.
While the audience mostly remained static, many sat down at the front, they all seemed to be intently focused on the band on stage – which considering this was a first ‘gig’ experience for many was maybe not surprising. This did though seem to lead to The Recks struggling to keep up the energy at times, especially on their slower numbers, although they still sounded good.
The more upbeat tunes had the same kind of energy they always do though and the band bantered amongst themselves and with the audience between songs in finely relaxed style just like any other show.
Closing the set with Valentine certainly left things on a high and many commented that, while it was their first time seeing The Recks, they hoped to see them again as soon as possible.
So, despite a couple of hiccups, the band played a set that provided a great way to start off this series of events aimed at bringing live music to a younger crowd and encouraging them to start doing it themselves which, if the instruments being played soon afterwards upstairs were anything to go by, it certainly achieved.