Motorcycle Display Team, 12 Bar Club, Denmark St, London, October 8th 2014
Denmark St. in London is full of history. The home of Tin Pan Alley, it was basically Music City Central, full of recording and rehearsal studios and home to NME and Melody Maker. Now, it’s home to music shops and the still standing 12 Bar Club.
If you haven’t been to the 12 Bar Club, let me describe it for you. It’s a rock bar, gritty, grimey, dark, it probably hasn’t seen a fresh coat of paint since the 1970’s but it has great humoured bar staff. You’re not going to bring your Ma there and once you get over how awful the loos are, you’ll have a great night! It’s a bloody rock bar from Christ’s sake!
Anyway, I got to know Motorcycle Display Team a few years ago, I played their music and interviewed them on my radio show. To get to where the band are playing, you walk through the bar, out the back to what you think is going to be a store room with stone walls, perhaps it was but tonight it’s a rock venue.
Motorcycle Display Team start and the first thing that grabs me is how much more rock they sound here than on their debut album ‘Captatio Benevolentiae’. The band prove themselves to be talented musicians, Morgan is a really good consistent drummer, Matt is such a good bass player, most bands could one ever dream of having some half as good as him and Steve’s guitar playing and vocals bring it all together. Good gig, I was really surprised with how good they were. Check them out if you can.