The Boss & Small World
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The Boss & Small World Essex Arms, Brentwood. 24/04/15


Making a bit of a habit of getting the train to Brentwood on a Friday night to the Blue Beat Rooms gigs at the Essex Arms. This week, it was 2 bands from the mod revival of the late 70’s, early 80’s. Both of them have headlined sell out shows here before, so for a tenner what could go wrong. Absolutely nothing we had 2 fantastic groups who I have never seen before playing sets of their own songs which I didn’t know either. I do love this kind of music, it’s a kind of a refined punk, with a souly, 60’s feel.,

The first band on were the Boss, they played a blistering set of songs that I didn’t know ending up with 2 covers at the end, “Non stop dancing” by the Jam and a great version of the Chords “Maybe tomorrow.” I had forgotten what a great tune this was. Loved this band and feel a bit sad that I missed this group the first time around. When they was on the scene back in the day I was buying my first house and didn’t have a pot to piss in so saved my money for groups that I knew such as Feelgood etc, my loss.

The second band were Small World, just as good and playing a lot of their own songs, they also ended up with a favourite of mine, “Tin Soldiers,” not the Small Faces one but the Stiff little Fingers song. I hope that’s right or I have made myself look an idiot, because the more I think about it why would a mod band play SLF and not the Small Faces, I was very drunk at the time but sure I am right. You could tell that both bands are heavily influenced by the Jam, but who doesn’t like the Jam. I loved this band as well and will go and see both again

Summing up another great night at a SOLD OUT Blue Beat rooms. For us people from the fair City of Chelmsford, it couldn’t be easier to get to. When I have been here before, all the bands that I have seen have always been original and top notch, no different this time. It has a very friendly atmosphere and I can’t thank Ian Parkin enough for all the hard work he does for putting these gigs on. So whenever you see a gig on here or the sister venue at Billericay Football Club, do yourself a favour and support a great venue. You won’t regret it.

Duncan, April 2015