The Dub Pistols / Jamie Joseph [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 2/10/14]
One of the Dub Pistols’ most popular tracks is called Mucky Weekend – and the crowd at this show were definitely eager for one, despite it only being a Thursday night. Fair play.
Before the main event, Jamie Joseph kicked things off in fine style with plenty of cool and soulful r’n’b-flavoured crooning. Jamie Joseph’s original tunes are top-notch, but nonetheless his set came strewn with a liberal helping of covers – a move that backfired slightly as a vocally talented heckler made a point of singing along, providing an unexpected but entertaining duet. Fortunately, Jamie Joseph is a professional, and made it through an oddly challenging set unscathed.
The Dub Pistols didn’t take long to get the party started. These guys know how to move a crowd, inspiring pogo pits, hugs between strangers, and plenty of applause. Things really picked up during Mucky Weekend and a cover of Stranglers classic Peaches, and the extra energy both tunes inspired carried the Dub Pistols through to a heavily-demanded encore and some deeply grooving new tunes. Overall: A fucking banger of an opening night.
If you’re on the fence about catching the Dub Pistols on their Return of the Pistoleros tour, just go. As the Boileroom crowd proved, you don’t need to wait until the weekend to have a mucky night out.
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