It was my first time at the Joiners and you can tell the venue lives and breaths live music. The bar was covered with old tickets from previous gigs there, and the walls a display of posters from years gone by. It was a good turn out with the bar busy and many people in the main room watching the first support act – Antigerone. They sounded good with nice flowing guitar and bass riffs. They were predominantly instrumental but added vocals for a few numbers giving them a ‘00s rock feel. It did seem that the lead guitarist wanted to break out into a heavy guitar solo at quite a few points as he bent the strings on the high notes in a more metal approach to rock then the rest of the composition expressed.
The room started filling out more as Tankus the Henge got ready to take to the stage. They opened with song ‘You can do anything’, the drums lead a sultry tempo creating the feeling of a smoky underground jazz club. This lead into ‘Weather’ which again had that same feel to it. The energy on stage was astounding as lead singer / pianist Jaz swung the piano back and forth, smoke billowing out the top. Their set continued with a rockier feel, with snippets of different genres all mixed together, still maintaining that Tankus sounds we’ve all grown to love. The brass packed a punch throughout keeping things in high spirits. Tim played guitar with complete precision and a constant smile, the intricacy of some of the riffs were well worthy of a comparison to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Jaz made an announcement to the crowd “something terrible happened in the 70’s, we forgot how to dance together…. If we don’t there will be war, famine and disease!” This inevitably got everyone dancing along as they continued to deliver with great enthusiasm. ‘Recurring Dream’ went down a storm with everyone jumping along to the infectious tempo being driven out. Sharp brass cut through the rest the instruments as elements of darkened gypsy jazz is crossed with lively carnival madness. The guitars and percussion bring extra umph as Jaz sang, sweat dripping from his brow, his endless energy feeding the audiences exuberance. They ended their set on ‘Smiling Makes The Day Go Quicker’, it started smoothly and simply with just the keys and vocals building chorus on chorus. There was so much love in the room as everyone held hands singing along before breaking into dance as their set drew to a triumphant finish.
They were followed on stage by psych / garage rock band Castafiore. The room had emptied out a bit more by then as people dashed to grab whatever public transport they were relying on. They were tight and performed with ease together on stage. They had one cheesy moment as they announced they were to be doing some “live performance art” which turned out to be a cover of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’. It got people singing along and they redeemed themselves from the cheese as during the next song the lead singer jumped into the crowd prompting a mini mosh pit to break out. A good ending to an all round brilliant night.