Jack Penate at Manchester Academy 3.
i was sober, bloody hell that doesn't happen often. i arrived in great anticipation as i'd never seen any of the bands who were playing before. obviously, with his recent increased exposure and 'fame' for dancing i was eager to see some of said dancing from Penate.
first on were Wild Beasts. if you watched the video i posted in my last post you'll know just how weird they are. this weirdness completely translates into their live shows, and i'm sure most of the audience were either very confused or highly amused by the end of their first song. they sound like Scooby Doo meets The Rumble Strips. there's no other way to describe it. the frontman dances like a pigeon (don't ask), and their on stage banter was a little forced but aside from that i am looking forward to seeing them again tonight.
Adele, Jack Penate's friend and label mate was supposed be supporting also, however she couldn't make it due to having booked studio time blah blah blah. bit disappointing really as i might not have the chance to see her again before she explodes properly onto the female singer/songwriter scene.
after aaaaaaaages and aaaaaaages of waiting finally Jack Penate jumped on stage. wearing some manky patterned sweatshirt and some jogging trousers, which later on induced shouts from some kiddies at the front. they asked where his check shirt was, which got a little eye rolling from moi. does it matter if he doesn't wear what he wears on TV when he's playing a gig? ermmm NOT REALLY.
kicking things off with 'Spit At Stars', Jack managed to the the crowd jumping around like frogs on rocks. i was impressed, not overwhelmingly, but definitely impressed.
Jack also did a cover of 'Just Be Good To Me' in his set, covering the dub version rather than the pop version from the 1980s. this was definitely a highlight for me, reminding me of summers long ago in the car shuttling back and forth between Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester with my mum playing her tapes on the car radio playing 80s R'n'B, Reggae and Dub.
Jack Penate - My Yvonne
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