There is a new night for up and coming bands @ Seven bar in Chapel Allerton called The All New Whistle Test. This week Andy, Mike and I saw two very different acts for a credit crunch busting £3.00 entrance fee.
First up was finger picking guitarist Troy Faid who reminded me of Adrian Legg in style. He had a flat piece of wood that was hooked up to a mike somehow, and when he tapped his foot on it, it sounded like a bass drum. He was joined on a few numbers by clarinet and a wonderful slapping double bass (I love that sound) but it was the intricate guitar work that stole the show the fingers on the fret seemed to be picking out a tune of their own whilst holding down the chords as well – superb stuff.
Next up were Elephants On Acid a blast from the (Deep Purple-esqe) past. Theyve got a great bunch of songs, most of which are Bass line driven. The Russian (or German?) lead singer had enough enthusiasm to get people up dancing, I just wish his guitar had been a shade higher in the mix. Songs like Hyde Park Blues let you know theyre locals too. Terrific energy and great fun A great night!
Bob the Chiropodist