The Levellers have introduced their fans to many new interesting support acts over the years such as Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Pama International, Dan Donnelly, Frank Turner and Devokej Bill tonight is the turn of Sonic Boom Six. They arrive on stage with a complete genre overload mixing Reggae, Ska, Punk, Metal and Rap together to create their own unique sound, this 5 piece band form Manchester comprising of Laila Khan ( Vocals), Ben C (Guitars), Paul Barnes(Bass), Neil McMinn(Drums) and Nick Horne( Guitar+Trombone) who are all extremely energetic on stage,certainly putting in a good deal of effort in their performances. They do their best to impress with a reggae backed song called "Northern Skies" and "Sound of a Revolution " which sees much of the crowd on the dance floor dancing and singing along . Their last song "Piggy in the Middle" see Laila and Paul duelling with some pretty intense vocals, giving the crowd a great ending to their set. Sonic Boom Six have made quite a name from themselves in the USA so far, this tour with The Levellers can do the popularity no harm in this country.
The Levellers are possibly one of the most hard-working bands on the UK live music circuit today, putting together countless numbers of live gigs and festival performances each year, the band never seem to fail at impressing on each performance that they do. I have been lucky enough to see them live on many occasions whether it be with the full band or with "Drunk in Public" each performance they always leave their audience wanting to come back for more. Tonight is no different kicking off with "Life Less Ordinary" from their latest studio album "Letter From the Underground" the crowd are with them right from the start with a whole dance floor full of sweaty bodies jumping up and down to their infectious folk punk rock sound. The pace of the set is varied with a good mix of tracks from all area's of the bands career including a few slower acoustic numbers such as the ever popular "The Boatmen" and "Men An Tol". The band are joined on stage by their highly decorated didgeridoo player Stephen Boakes who dressed in a kilt and luminous make up cavorts around the stage accompanying the band on a couple of numbers, including the band's most well known number "One Way" which saw everyone in the place singing the lyrics at the tops of their voices. There is just something special about Jon's fiddle playing, as when your hear him pulling the bow across the strings on such numbers as "Dirty Davey" and "Cholera Well" you just can't stop yourself dancing. As I looked around the hall tonight all I could see was masses of smiling faces, lots of people really enjoying their evening, surely this is what it is all about.
Life Less Ordinary,Battle Of The Beanfield, Burn America Burn, Fifteen Years, Beautiful Day, The Road, Before The End, One Way, Prisoner, The Boatman, Men An Tol, Carry Me, Barrel Of A Gun, Come On, Dirty Davey, Cholera Well, The Game, Riverflow, Liberty.
'Battle Of The Beanfield'
Review by Dave Chinery (Chinners)