It was my birthday, and I found myself in something of a quandary. There were two gigs I wanted to attend, which, for a Sunday, seemed a little unfair. Two great bands at two equally badly lit venues. Was it to be hard rocking Dronningen at The Black Heart, or Spanish psych-rockers at The Old Blue Last? As you can already tell, I opted for the Iberian tourists on the grounds that I can catch the local band any time. Having said that, just like never visiting any of London’s free galleries and museums, because they are always there, I have seen Holy Bouncer more times than I have the local band. As it turned out, not that many people came to see Holy Bouncer as they are still relatively unknown around the local psych scene, something I hope gets remedied because they always put on a great show, even if OBL’s tiny stage did constrain their usual energetic antics.
Support came from Cold Fins and Barbudo. Cold Fins, to my ears, sounded like The Everly Brothers or Buddy Holly, that early country influenced rock-pop, with frontman Paris looking like guitar legend Mike Bloomfield, with a dash of Bob Dylan. Barbudo were a complete contrast, with some great south coast, blue-eyed soul. As for Holy Bouncer, they were as vibrant as ever, and have now added some old-school synthesizers to their sound, just to make sure that the stage is made full use of.