Pink Cigar have been slogging for several years now.
But it’s high time that they were recognized and applauded. Because, in truth, they are one of the hardest working bands in London, genuine craftsmen, and out-and-out rock ‘n’ roll and grafters.
Established in 2010, this close-knit Notting Hill Gang have gigged throughout the UK and opened for Razorlight.
Last night the band were holding their OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY for new single GENERATION NEXT and we were invited along:
The band hit the stage in London’s Tin Pan Alley, at the famous and magnificent Alley Cat… They were in high spirits and determined as hell.
And that is good, because a city-wide tube strike meant that a lot of friends could not be there…
Singer Whiplash is a cross between Noel Fielding and Nigel Tufnel.
With the same gormless look (sorry) — but you cannot help but love him to pieces.
Edd Whyte provides the scintillating guitar sheen and wonderful backing vox.
Sam Rutland rebounds and flies around with the bass guitar…
Whilst the only one who doesn’t look like a throwback to Carnaby Street circa 1966 is Sid Mayall. And he looks like an angry monk. Sid is on the drums.
There’s blues, glam and punk in the Pink Cigar numbers.
But this show is so wonderfully melded together, you cannot see where genres join.
So, for example, we recognized slabs of Johnny Kid & The Pirates in between riffs that were recognizably Sweet and with clatterings of Ramones style punk.
In the summer heat, some equipment failures were almost inevitable…
“This is real live rock ‘n’ roll folks…” The boys shouted out to patient fans. One was waving a Pink Cigar banner.
Then “Blues to Bed” thundered in. It had a twangy riff and vintage rattle.
‘Strange’ was wobbly, with a purring Stray Cat type strut. This was cool and sluggish. Like a muscular panther sloping off to have a nap after finishing a slap-up meal.
‘Spit Fire’ is the most Spinal Tap of them all…
Yet even this gurgled with gorgeous dizziness.
The repressed, fizzing fiasco of ‘Generation Next’ was towards the end of this magnificently vibrant set.
What a show — full of wallop, overflowing musical magnificence and unrestrained, crazy enthusiasm.
Words & Images: @neilmach 2015 ©