'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.