Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown
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Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown 93 Feet East 01/06/14

A new venue to try out, ultra trendy 93 Feet East, Brick Lane in the heart of Bangla Town. I had a bit of decision to make as just around the corner in either trendier Shoreditch, The Jim Jones Revue were playing as well. It’s a shame as I would have gone to this gig as well if it were on another night. I must say that I didn’t go a lot on the venue, the sound was awful and the only saving grace for the place was that I drove there so didn’t have to pay £5.60 for a bottle of Aspalls. Still 4 bands for a fiver is good value. We just got into see the end of the first act, some chap on a piano with a bloke on drums accompanying him. He sounded ok to start with, a bit Joe Strummerish but you couldn’t make eye contact with him. I think he was a bit mad.

The second band, Three Minute Heist came all the way down from Derby and spent about 30 minutes on the soundcheck so perhaps should have changed the three to a thirty in their band name. They were good playing a set of blues with steel guitar. If you like southern blues with a tinge of country you will like these. As I said it’s a shame the sound was not right as they would have sounded great. Certainly worth another look.

Little Brother Eli were next, a young band from Oxford playing their own brand of blues. They had so much energy and seemed to have many influences in their sound, there was blues with hip hop and rockabilly all seemingly blended into a super concoction. I enjoyed them that much that I even bought the CD they were selling. I will definitely go to see them again.

The main band PAUL were next. I have seen them a few times before and honestly think they are the best free band I have ever seen. They are from Chicago and for some reason they always come over and tour the UK each year. They started with a couple of powerful blues rock numbers as usual played impeccably, Laylah Hall is a fantastic drummer and the bass guitarist Joey Spina is one of the best I have seen, not quite a Norman Watt-Roy but close. After this they played what I think they do best dirty funky blues, I have no idea what any of the songs are, just that I loved them. The worst thing was that 93 Feet East shuts at 10.30 on the dot and because the second band took so long to soundcheck PAUL had to cut their set short. Still it was good to see them again and also the added bonus of seeing 2 new bands as well and also going out on a Sunday night.

I will hopefully get to see them again next year as long as they don’t get bored of coming over here.

Duncan, June 2014.