|The Professionals -
EBGBs 22nd October 2021
|Who remembers rock ‘n’ roll?
vaulted brick aesthetic of EBGBs evoked a Cavern vibe, and was
perfectly suited to The Professionals brand of earthy rock.
Axis Paul, Tom and Toshi are joined on the SNAFU tour by Canadian Rich
Jones, yep, we have Cook ‘n’ Jones in the band. Crikey, he’s good. He
knows how to nail the sound; he’s also having fun. They’re a positive
band and Rich fits the bill. Hope he stays a while longer as the search
for a new permanent guitarist goes on.
Of all the opening songs used by the band since the
regrouping, Payola remains my favourite. The sound just slides in,
Paul's drums and dual guitars crashing together; then the band are
away. Going Going Gone is next up followed by newby Easily Lead as the
set draws material from across the years. The number of punters singing
along is noticeable, including to the new songs from SNAFU - let’s be
honest, Spike Me Baby and M’Ashes have irresistible choruses. Old
faves; Just Another Dream, The Magnificent, 1-2-3, Crescendo and Kick
Down The Doors get the cobwebs blown clean off them, with Rewind, Hats
Off, and Monkeys ensuring the cream of comeback LP What in the World is
present and kicking hard.
Rich & TomA
young element present in the crowd burst forth during Silly Thing -
which is cutely performed mid-set - and remained lively until the end.
It’s a while since I’ve seen girls throwing beer around. “Suddenly the
audience went from 60 to 14 in about a second!” quipped Tom. “We’re
19!” came the reply!
The rapport and energy flowing back and
forth between band and crowd didn’t let up until Stepping Stone had
closed the triumphant evening.
A fabulous set of songs, a finely tuned outfit, and a boisterous crowd
packed into a basement venue. Perfect.
The Professionals are back, and so are the good times.
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