Last week I went to see Shooze, who supported Adam Ant at a gig at the Concorde 2 in Brighton.
Shooze describe their music as “a hybrid of 70’s ska, punk & reggae” but their sound isn’t really as straight forward as that. Sure, there was definitely a reggae/ska element to some of their tracks that could help you to make comparisons to The Police (more on that in a minute) and a reggae/punk rock crossover not too dissimilar from The Ruts but there were hints of lots of different styles on music that blended together effortlessly.
The first song the band played was a Prince cover, Sign o’ the times, and it set the tone for the set. There was a big crowd in the venue, I think it may have even been a sold out gig and Shooze played up to the audience well. They were likeable and funny – they didn’t take themselves too seriously. Not in a way that they didn’t care about the music but more than there was no pretention there, which can be unusual for a music gig!
My boyfriend, Rob, who came to the gig with me has said before that he thinks there’s a common misconception that punk music is a bit of a mess and it’s not technically sound but actually that’s not true. He came out of the gig saying that Shooze proved that they were musically capable throughout the evening, which puts that myth to bed.
The band seemed genuinely excited and happy to be performing for us and lead singer Jon even mentioned that he’d never been to Brighton before and loved it here. They played songs with playful names such as Pussay magnet and they did a cover of The Police’s Walking on the moon (see, I said they sounded like them!)
It was a really fun evening – you should check them out on their tour if you have a chance.
Thanks to my boyfriend Rob who came along to the gig with me and so contributed to the review 🙂
Also, this was my first attempt at using my DSLR in a dark gig, not bad eh?