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Diary of a Music Fan

Dream Sequence

God bless support bands. Not that all of the support acts I’ve ever seen deserve my love (a few would probably deserve court orders), but sometimes you get a pleasant surprise. But there I was, supping Jamaican lager beer and waiting for Brooklyn groove-glam rockers Amazing Baby when I was introduced to power trio Band of Skulls. Or should I say re-introduced……?

(Cut to wibbly lines as I look up in the air and we are taken back to when I used to live in York and I was once in my bedroom…no, not like that, listening to the radio…..ahem)

After John Peel died, Radio 1 couldn’t work out a way to cover the sheer volume of stuff he used to get through without resorting to more than one human being. As a result, a rather relaxed and jovial Welshman called Huw Stephens ended up doing a two hour show covering indie(ish) every Tuesday night. I once flicked it on mid-show to catch the magnificent riff-based ending of a song called “Hollywood Bowl” by some bunch called Fleeing New York. Hmmmm, good I thought. Must pursue EP, I noted. I did, enjoyed it’s straightforward, raucous charm and played “Hollywood Bowl” loads.

(Wibbly lines return, catching me mid relaxed contentedness as a result of having caught interesting new trio, Band of Skulls and having had another beer, relax, I’m not at work tomorrow, what’s the problem….)

A riff starts, a shouty boy/girl “hey!” refrain and a lyric – “Took my baby, to the Ho-lly-wood Boooooowl……”. So Band of Skulls used to be Fleeing New York. I can’t really compare the joy of suddenly having a song that you know very well, love very much and suspect few others know at all suddenly being played at you by a live band.

Makes it all worthwhile, quite frankly.

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