June 9, 2011
I’d been looking forward to seeing this band for some time. Having had a penchant for all things quiffed and vintage in the 1980s, it’s great to see a new band emerge in the present day. Looking around the crowd, I’d never seen so many large flower hairclips and flat-tops gathered in one area in Exeter for some time.
The band took to the stage with Ingrid (mum) on double bass and Graeme (dad) on guitar. Ma and Pa kept back to let their offspring take the limelight.
The set was mixed with songs from both the first and the new album, with an almost ”Ëska’ break in the middle when they were joined by Eddie ”ËTan Tan’ Thornton on trumpet for a few numbers. Daisy’s vocals are gutsy and full of power and emotion and seemed to be stronger than Kitty’s, whose voice appeared almost reedy by comparison. When the snare drum was brought to the front of the stage for ”ËGoing Up The Country’, Daisy had a trance-like look of a woman possessed as she drummed and sang, with Kitty sweeping her hair out of the way to join her on the mic.
The highlight for me was ”ËSay You’ll Be Mine’ with Kitty’s harmonica playing totally overwhelming the audience and bringing whoops of delight from the crowd.
Kitty, Daisy & brother Lewis (who has the look of a young Slim Whitman, it’s worth saying) make a great sound and are truly competent at every instrument they pick up. However, their lack of stage presence and the almost constant swapping of instruments between songs sometimes lost the crowd to the bar. For most, though, watching them perform was secondary to the actual music produced and dancing to be done.