Nights Out with Miss L’AmourBy Miss L'Amour
July 28, 2010
Last Saturday, the Angels were invited to party with Club Velocity at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Silver Street.
The gig doubled up as Kev’s birthday so guests could enjoy nibbles and birthday cake as well as the music.
We had been warned that this could quite easily be one of the strangest Club Velocity shows since Melinda Messenger turned up –
they weren’t wrong. But we loved it anyway as there were some great bands on the bill.
Echo Main were performing as we arrived. Our fave local band have a bass player called Daisy and two teenage brothers – we think they make indie pop guitar nonsense exciting and tasty again.
Next up was ZuZu. Her manager, Philip Tennant, says she “exists on a diet of Manga Comics, Green Day, Blink 182 and a whole bunch of other toxic colourings and numbered additives, fuelled by a high-octane mix of glucose drinks, Maccy Ds and lemon sherberts”.
The 16-year-old had emerged from a sleepless week of all-night studio sessions, like a diamanté wrecking ball to perform her debut show at Reading’s Rising Sun Arts Centre.
With vocals that are out of this world, she has an extra edge that makes you smile and want to bounce off the walls.
Philip also manages Pixie Lott, Waterboys and The Levellers, so we are positively sure that she will go a long way, starting with a tour that launches in September.
Finishing us off for the night were the Sixty Watt Bayonets – one of the liveliest performance us Angels have ever seen, complete with floor gymnastics by their lead singer who was not shy of a bit of interaction.
They have been described by Club Velocity as “the best female-fronted popcore in the UK. Fact.” Steve Lamacq is definitely a fan – he has been playing their latest single lots on Radio 2 and 6 Music.
The talent that appears in the Rising Sun is not to be underestimated and, for newbie bands, this is a cosy, safe and friendly atmosphere that us Angels adore.