'Man the Lifeboats' at The Monarch - 27/7/2017

In the middle of the night your boat has hit the rocks and you’ve been forced to abandon ship and swim ashore. Soaking wet and freezing cold, you hobble towards the lights in the local inn. Stumbling inside, a whisky is pushed into your hand and you’re swept up by the force of the music from the local band playing on stage. ‘Man the Lifeboats’ are that band. Or they would be if we were in a small inn off the coast of Scotland. In reality we’re in The Monarch in Camden, but this doesn’t change much. Fronted by Rich Quarterman, a natural presence on stage, the songs surge along weaving tales, occasionally with a dark humour underpinning the stories.

Will Sepolio adds drums to the mix and Harvey Springfield completes the line-up, fleshing out the songs with mandolin, backing vocals and even harmonica – we’re assured this just starts to scratch the surface of everything he plays!

Catchy, folk-rock, high energy songs – Catch them on 17th August at The Pack & Carriage in Euston.

Track of the week

It's worth listening to the verse for the chorus. Also, his second most popular song has perhaps the greatest song title ever, 'You look like I need a drink'.


'Peak' by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool: Written by the man who carried out the initial '10000 hours' study popularised by Malcolm Gladwell, a fascinating book that basically teaches you how to become an expert at something, whilst dismantling the notion of innate talent. Inspiring stuff, highly recommended.



jack lury

'Van Susans' at The Finsbury – 20/07/17

There’s always that moment of anticipation before you see a band live that you’ve never heard. That split second after the lights dim before they hit the opening chord that you wonder how the next half hour is going to go. Fortunately, the Van Susans begin their show like they’re going to end it, with a blistering amount of folk, pop, alt rock energy. As component parts go they’re pretty reminiscent of The Dave Matthews Band: Eclecticly compelling front man Olly Andrews leads the foray with a thundering baritone, right hand man Ed Dullaway with pleasingly rich, dense keyboard parts, Holly McLatchie on violin with rolling counter-melodies buried in the texture, while Harvey Simpson, and Rob Dullaway make up the driving backbeat of the band on drums and bass. It may have been 40 minutes, but much longer and I reckon the band would have collapsed; a band that pours themselves into their performances and would give any Thursday night crowd something to shout about.



Track of the Week:

Got me thinking about the Dave Matthews Band, who I know the other members of The Blinding Lights are less sure about but this is brilliant:



There are some people that know what they’re talking about. John Fogerty on songwriting. I think so.

jack lury