Satsangi at the Zephyr Lounge
I've been trying to get to a Satsangi
gig for some time now, but it seems that every time they have a gig so does my band! Initially this occasion was going to be no different ... but then my band's gig was brought forward by a day - result, I could go!
However, not only was this the night of England's first Euro 2016 match (against Russia), which meant that the gig attendance was down, but the support act, The Screech Bats
, had dropped out due to "unforseen circumstances" (not the football). No matter, neither of these unfortunate twists of fate were going to spoil my enjoyment! The General Theory of Dub
(a.k.a Tim Ellis) started the proceedings with an hour's worth of splendid dub tracks blasting out from his old-school reel-to-reel multi-track tape deck, analogue mixer and retro effects devices.
Next up, Satsangi
. Despite the fact that there were only around 40-50 in the audience, Su and her band were on fine form, putting on a performance that would have been equally suitable for the big stage upstairs, playing songs from their latest album, Lick My Lungs (get your copy here: http://apple.co/1tChB4y
- which, by the way, I highly recommend). Their set included Honey, Sugar Cane, Arms Open Wide, Sada Bala, Horses, Opera, Sixtyfour-Seven, Baby Doll, Leave Me Mine and more. Those that stayed away to watch the 22 millionaires battle it out for a 1-1 draw missed out on one of the region's finest on top form.
The evening was to continue with Dr Trippy
, but I decided to call it a night as the clock had already gone well past midnight and my carriage was awaiting.