SKINDIE band Levi held a pre-launch party for their new single ‘Mercy (On Me) at Bognor’s Lamb Steyne, and as well as a 90 minute live set, their new self produced promo film was also shown during the interval.
They call their music “Skindie” which is a fusion of ska and indie, but it goes even further than that stretching to reggae and occasionally drifting towards a more punky sound. Front man Leeroy Brooks and drummer Bob Pegg both studied music technology at Chichester College,
While guitarist Mikey Brewer studied at BIMM. Bassist Conan Elliot is the new kid on the block, having joined the band a year ago. Opening with an instrumental reggae jam, they then warmed the crowd up with some of their own brand of music, with the odd cover thrown in, which included The Specials ‘Little Bitch’ and ‘Caution’ by Bob Marley.
The interval was a little too long and the second half of the set was played to a half full pub and those who left missed a treat. Sound problems which had caused some minor interruptions to the opening set were overcome and the band played a high energy 45 minute set.
All four songs from the new EP were featured, including their tribute to the Paris terror attacks, ‘To Paris With Love’. It is refreshing to see a young band playing some original material and they deserved a bigger audience.
Musically, I doubt that it was the best gig they have played, but make no mistake, these boys have talent, catchy tunes and attitude. Give youth a chance! Meanwhile, Southampton based Pink Floyd tribute band, The Wall Of Floyd made a return visit to the St Paul’s Arts Centre in Worthing.
The venue is a former church which closed in 1996, but following a £2million refurbishment, it is now a unique music venue. The first half of the two hour set opened with ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ from the ‘Wish You Were Here’ album.
The title track from the same album and ‘Have A Cigar’ also featured in the first half of a set, which ended with ‘High Hopes’ from ‘The Division Bell’ Opening the second half of the night with ‘Breathe’, part two of the show was dominated by the classic ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ with the exception of ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ . ‘Brain Damage’ brought the main set to a close, but the encore was ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Run Like Hell’ from 1979’s ‘The Wall’. Support was provided by Worthing-based Andrew Foster.