Trafalgar Street, Brighton
Saturday 20th August 2016
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It is not very often we get the chance to see The Surfin’ Lungs in action on home soil as most of their gigs now are in Italy or Spain, headlining surf festivals. So the opportunity to see them play in Brighton was too good an opportunity to miss. Tonight was the launch of their new CD “Surf Factor 8”.
With support from Thee Sherbert Peardrop Explosion, who are a Psych Covers band made up of a Surfin Lung, a Squadron Leader, a Los Fantastico and Will who is a pretty darned good drummer, the night got off to a fine start. The Sherberts do have an authentic 60’s Psych look and sound and they powered through a set of Link Wray, The Standells and anything else from the 60's psychedelia era. Sounded brilliant.
The Surfin' Lungs took to the stage, wearing their trademark white trousers, surf shirts and converse shoes and delighted us with a set that took us on a tour of their 30 year old musical history mixing old and new numbers. Having already played the new CD a few times, the new songs were already quite familiar. A highlight was "Don't Take My Baby" which has a Spector inspired beat (can you tell Chris loves the Girl group era?) and Minty was delighted it was in the set along with her favourite instrumental track from them, "The Godfather" (just imagine Marlon Brando surfing!)
Their sound is very Brian Wilson meets The Ramones with a jam session with The Barracudas along the way. Fast paced at times, slow at others, rounded off with some great vocals and harmony. What is not to love about the kings of UK surf punk?
|The Surfin' Lungs|
Lead vocals from Chris Pearce were brilliant, sounding very fresh, and the falsetto parts added by Steve Dean (who also plays Bass) were spot on. Clive Lung switched between guitar and keyboard, adding some great vocals and took the lead on some of the numbers. Ray? As well as providing solid backing vocals, he just beat the hell out of the drums as drummers do!!
Audience volumes were a bit down versus what we usually see, probably due to the fact we are at the peak of the holiday season but, which had the advantage of making the room a bit more airy and bearable.
A chance to chill in the bar downstairs afterwards with the guys rounded off a terrific night.