U-Watt play Power Rock!
Last night our friends at The Sailors Home, Kessingland had a band cancel at short notice. As a result Paul, the landlord, asked us to step in at short notice. We love to play at The Sailors Home; it’s a great friendly, welcoming pub. We always get well looked after by Paul and Emma and their team. Moreover, we generally get a great reception. It’s very close to the sea and quite literally at the end of the road, out in the wilds of the Suffolk coast. Mal gets a steady supply of mugs of tea so he’s happy as a pig in the proverbial.
The Great Trek
I live in Cromer so it’s a fair old drive to Kessingland. On the last occasion I drove via Norwich and so set out to take the same route again as it seemed to be a good road. It was a wild, wet and windy night so I was expecting possible delays. Indeed, delays there were. Most people were driving fairly slowly due to the conditions, but eventually everything ground to a halt as I encountered an accident on the A146. After some time we got going again but this meant I didn’t get to start setting up until 20.25. This gave me just over 30 minutes to set up and get ready to play guitar with U-Watt. As ever there was tea on tap to welcome me from Emma, so I was happy despite the awful journey.
There were a fair few familiar local faces in the crowd and also some friends from our Mariners Tavern days who’d made the trip especially. There were possibly fewer than we’d hoped but those that were there were enthusiastic; singing and dancing and clearly having a good time. At the end of the gig several people came up and showed their appreciation which always makes playing that much more rewarding. One chap came up and asked me about my 7-string baritone guitar, told me his name was Patrick and said he’d like to write a review of us. Lo and behold U-Watt play Power Rock!
U-Watt play Power Rock!
Here is Patrick’s review of last night’s gig.
“I like U-Watt. I’ve seen them a couple of times before, so I wandered over to the Sailor’s Home to catch them play again tonight. I find them to be an impressive and very tight outfit. A four piece, but only one guitar, bass and drums, which gives that stripped down efficiency of a three piece band that I’ve talked about in previous posts. A singer up front (a line-up à la The Who).
But what a singer! My, but she has a set of lungs on her does Alix. Her range and power is extraordinary. Shaun (new bass player) played in John Entwistle (The Who) style – to my ears, Phil a flat out ‘V8 engine’ on drums and Mal on guitar, blistering leads and hard-edged rhythm playing (working from left to right across the stage) provide a rock solid setting for Alix’s vocals, so overall you get a formidable powerhouse of music.
I find it slightly difficult to categorise their output; it’s so varied, but they add power to all the numbers they do. When I first saw them I felt they were quite grungy, but they spread their net much wider in terms of their material. They’re not metal though. I suppose ‘power rock’ would be the best description. The output wattage in U-Watt is very high.
Some of their material I’m not very familiar with, but all of it hammers home with great authority. It ranges from (a random selection) ‘Under Pressure’, ‘It’s My life’ via ‘Let Me Entertain You’ to ‘Live And Let Die’. Blondie, a couple of Kaiser Chief numbers (the ‘Monster’ one and ‘I Predict a Riot’), White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’, Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ – I’ve left loads out, but you get the idea. Quite a range, all delivered with energy and conviction.
On the instrumental front, there were some extra strings tonight: a five string bass, and, for some of the time, Mal played a seven string guitar (an extra B on the bottom end). Not seen one before.
It wasn’t a full house, but those of us who were there were enthusiastic in our appreciation. They played until midnight, so there was much to enjoy. Highly recommended.”
What more can I say? Thank you very much Patrick.