Invisible Lead Soup / Paul Bevoir / Cola Jet Set / SQU!RE

GIG: Invisible Lead Soup / Paul Bevoir / Cola Jet Set / SQU!RE
DATE: Friday July 31st 2009
VENUE: The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden, London
COST: £6 / £5 with flyer
RATING: Brilliant

We wandered through to the back room of The Dublin Castle pub not long after the first band had started their set. The room was quite full (something we had not seen at recent gigs we’ve been to) and stayed full right the way through the four bands appearing tonight.

We had not heard of The Invisible Lead Soup before and they sounded good. At times the keyboard was a bit ‘Sale of the Century’ but on the whole, they had some good songs, nice vocals and were interesting enough to keep us in the room. They included a good version of “Nancy Sinatra” in their set.

Next up was the man we had travelled into Camden to see, Paul Bevoir, ( who was playing with his band, the Family Way. Unfortunately technical problems with the keyboard meant that the start was delayed somewhat, which resulted in a shorter than planned set as the sound engineer (who was the same one at last night’s gig in the Wilmington Arms) was quite strict on time. Paul has a real sunshiny pop sound that warms you from your hair follicles right down to your little toe and back again, giving you that Ready-Brek glow when you hear his music. His set included some of The Jet Set tunes, and also some of his solo work, including one of Minty’s favourites “Too Late Now”. His drummer added fantastic backing vocals and the sound was great. It’s a shame that they did not have the chance to make up all of the lost time from the keyboard problems, but their set, although shortened was really incredible. We just wish he played more gigs so we’d have the opportunity to see him more frequently. If you know Paul's songs then you know they make the world that little bit better just by being there.

The Cola Jet Set ( had travelled from Spain, and had already performed at some UK gigs, including the Indietracks festival. We had seen this group a couple of years earlier at International Pop Overthrow and had forgotten just how good they sounded. They were singing in Spanish (until their last song which they performed in English) and we didn’t understand a word they were singing (there was one about Chocolate), but they had a really happy, foot tapping summery sound. The main vocals were provided by Alicia and Ana, whose vocals really blended well together. The group appeared to enjoy themselves, smiling all the way through, which just made the songs sound even brighter. Towards the end of their set, Paul Bevoir’s drummer joined them on stage and added some falsetto ‘ooohs weee ooohs’ which really added to the summer sound.

The final band on the bill was London’s own Mod Gods, SQU!RE, ( a band that has been around for many years, and another group we have seen a few times at the IPO. The usual bass player (James Meynell) had injured his hand, so bassist duties were performed by Paul Bevoir, who did a sterling job. Right from the off, the audience were dancing as Anthony Meynell powered through a great set list that included “Does Stephanie Know”, “Girl On A Train”, “Walking Down the Kings Road” and finishing with a great rendition of “My Mind Goes Round In Circles”. We felt that SQU!RE could have played for much, much longer, had the sound engineer let them, and the audience did call for more. But curfew had obviously fallen as the sound engineer turned the stage mics off, and increased the volume on the ‘in between’ music, signalling The End.

It is unusual, when you have 4 bands appearing on the one bill, to enjoy every one of them….. tonight at The Dublin Castle, we did just that. A wonderful line up and well, well worth the drive into Camden for the evening.

A small word on the venue itself….. it is the home of Madness, and they have photos of the band all over the place. The bar staff were great… waiting time was minimal and the barman recognised The Beeb whenever he went to the bar and remembered his requirement for a bottle of Becks (it’s rare these days for a barman to even acknowledge who’s next in the Q, let alone remember what the punters are drinking, so good on the Dublin Castle).

And a final customary monologue on the loos…….. clean, well-stocked, hand dryers that worked, and locks on the door… fine by Minty.

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