Thee Jenerators and The OK – De La Rue – 24/07/15

Thee Jenerators
Thee Jenerators

It was a wet and windy Friday night in July when I headed to the De La Rue in St Peter Port for the first time in quite a while to catch garage rockers Thee Jenerators and young rockers The OK.

The OK were up first and fired off, as they always do, with the enthusiasm of a first teenage band straight out of their practice room, despite having been playing together for a few years now.

Their mix of covers and originals are delivered at a breakneck pace that, while somewhat undisciplined, is a sign of a band who seem to be having a great time. Highlights of the set came in covers of The Hives, Royal Blood and great version of Free’s Wishing Well, which was the best I’d ever heard the band play.

Joe and Lars of The OK
Joe and Lars of The OK

Their originals, while a little on the undeveloped side at times in comparison to the well-known covers, show a lot of promise as does their whole performance and they certainly seemed more relaxed here than on the bigger festival stages I’ve seen them play in the past.

After a short break Thee Jenerators took to the stage for two complete, non-stop, sets that covered almost two hours.

It took a while for the band to warm up and hit their stride but as they did they were everything they’ve become known for. As always Mark Le Gallez was a chaotic presence on stage, off stage, on the floor and climbing on tables, while bass player Jo Reeve did his utmost to match him, albeit slightly more anchored by the vintage styled four-string hanging from his shoulders.

Jo and Mark of Thee Jenerators
Jo and Mark of Thee Jenerators

The sounds from Garrick Jones’ organ cut through more tonight than some past gigs brining out the more psyche side of the bands sound to great effect, as Andy Savuage’s telecaster kept things firmly grounded in the garage rock ‘n’ roll that is the band’s calling card.

The second half of the performance saw the dancefloor get busier and get moving with old and new songs standing side by side and all providing highlights. Mystery Man, Fight The Power and French Disco from the bands early days have long been fan favourites but the likes of Bela Lugosi, Daddy Bones and City At Night have everything needed to match them.

By the end of the set Thee Jenerators had proved they remain a chaotic, garage rock force of nature as they left the crowd calling for more as they pushed curfew to its limits following old school style rock ‘n’ roller I Hear You Knockin’.

You can see some more of my photos from the show on the BBC Introducing Guernsey Facebook page.

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