The English Beat, Remedy For Kill, Stupid Flanders, MADhaus Gallery, Long Beach, CA – May 12, 2012
Ska, Soul and Reggae was the style for tonight. This was an all – ages show at an art house garage at a house style facility between 6th St & 7th Street on Pacific Avenue in downtown Long Beach. I didn’t know that Long Beach had this arts district, but sure enough there were mural paintings and visual art all over this venue happening this night. This show included three bands performing as well.
First was Stupid Flanders. They are a seven piece band from Orange County. They are a new band that plays fast ska with slight rock guitar riffs thrown in to get a little hard at times. They have a great two piece horn section that blast out riff lines and harmonizing sounds that were a treat to hear. The drummer who had not played in six months with the band, due to school, was in full strength who punched it up at times to please the audience. In the lively set included was a strip down version of Come As You Are by Nirvana mixed in with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song which the audiences appreciated greatly. The black uniform, pants and shirt, mixed with the bright orange ties made the band look professional. They were a great fun warm up band.
Remedy For Kill was next with a distinctive reggae style music featuring ska talking style with rap lyrics at times. This was an interesting mix the vocalist used together well. To match that was his three piece back – up band that were so tight that they were able to play off each others leads and riffs without missing a beat. Remedy For Kill was the local band performing tonight and they rocked the place to a smooth reggae swagger with ease.
Dave Wakeling and his band The English Beat were next. They played over two hours of a show. It included most of the band’s hits and included a couple of General Public tunes as well. The set included songs as: Tears Of A Clone, Never You Done That, Tenderness, Rough Rider, I’ll Take You There, I Confess, Twist & Crawl, Can’t Get Use To Losing You, Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret and many others. The English Beat ended the show with Mirror In The Bathroom. The show was sold out and packed all night long. Our dancing feet though might have been hurting on the way home but still felt good anyways. Thanks for the great time Dave Wakeling and company. Lets do that again sometime! Awesome!
(Review and Photo by Jonathan D. Wright)