Sometimes even the best intentions and the best preparations can’t guarantee that everything runs smoothly. Tuesday nights show at the Abbey was just such an example of the universe conspiring to do it’s thing and how sometimes all you can do is just go with the flow.
We set off with plenty of time to spare, all the equipment loaded in, the route planned, sun shining, merch in the bag and a well rehearsed set of music, excited by the prospect of another London show and within five miles of home we hit ‘TRAFFIC’.
It took us about 3 hours to do a 30 minute journey which could of ending in one of the most stressful nights out in ages but for the most incredible sunset. All we could do was reside ourselves to the slow crawl, turn the stereo up and allow fate to play its hand.
The Abbey is one of those London venues that always has a crowd whatever night of the week you decide to play. The decor is vintage chic and they have one of the nicest roof terraces I’ve seen in a while. The food and drinks are all reasonably well priced and this coupled with live music made for a busy night. My only regret is that I didn’t have longer to play but this was more due to the traffic than anything else. I played Oh Yeah, Revenge and Queen of the party scene.
I love watching the look on peoples faces as they try to get there heads around what i’m doing up there. Thankfully Oh Yeah has a long enough build up and a section where I’m just singing that gives people time to enjoy the tune as well as the tap dance that comes along with live looping. I think it all helped that I had Revenge lined up for song number two which only has vocal looping for harmonies. This gave people a chance to sit back and listen before I knocked em down again with the fast tempo of Queen of the party scene. The response got louder and more animated as the tracks went on and by the end I had made enough of an impression to get several emails from enthusiastic viewers, an offer to play two more shows and industry contact, not bad for a Tuesday night in Kentish Town.