Firstly, a big fair fucks to Bandicoot for going to the trouble of getting him over once again, and he didn't let us down.All round, despite the sound being a bit iffy at times, I found it to be a highly entertaining gig, if a little messy.I thoroughly enjoyed it, as it was my first time seeing the lad live, and I was very impressed.
Now, away from the mass craziness on stage, I feel compelled to highlight a few issues I had with last nights gig.For one, I found the layout of the place to be a bit awkward, and rather unsuitable for such a gig.Perhaps it was because such a large crowd was in attendance, but it just seemed a bit annoying at times, which, in turn, is directly related to my main issue with last night.At 11.30, I took my seat at the front of the stage, and after 3 songs I left the need to take a piss.On returning, I found that it was nigh on impossible to return to my seat, but sure it need not have mattered anyway, as some drunk blond had stolen it, despite the protests of my friend.
Then, what ensued soon after is what really got on my tits.The impromptu "get up and dancing" routine that some audience members took upon themselves to act out was rather irritating to both myself and quite a few others it seems.My friends, who were at first seated at the front of the stage, took position near myself not long after, to the left corner of the room.
Now I'm all for a bit of fun at a gig, but when a few drunkards who, I'd hazard a guess, couldn't tell the difference between Jeffrey Lewis and Jeff Daniels begin to act in such a manner whereby they look like they are trying to impersonate Justin Timberlake at a Napalm Death concert, it does get a tad annoying for those of us who are simply there to enjoy the wonderful music on display.
As said, a great night, but perhaps not the right venue or crowd.
Crane Lane Theatre is the best venue currently in the city and was very suitable for a Jeffrey "upbeat" Lewis show. Jeff did a mainly upbeat show as he was briefed in advance that this was a free/late show. Luckily, Jeff can change his set to suit the night. Jeff also commented on how he thought Crane Lane was an amazing venue. So did Mick Harvey (of Bad Seeds) and entourage who played an early show there same night.
This was a free adm show (no cover charge) and a late night show . Rule of thumb. Some people will be problamatic in some kind of way when drink is involved.
Sound was fine for most of the set but there was 3 or 4 moments of very sparse feedback which can happen anywhere plus I think a moniter had to be fixed during the set (which did get fixed). Jeff and soundman did not have loads of time to iron out all the gremlins during the brief soundcheck due to the fact that there was an earlier show in the same venue. Jeff is also not a loud rock act. He was very upbeat in a slightly lo fi kinda way but wasnt quite.
Jeffs set is always messy to a point but really together at the same time.
80% of the crowd were there to see Jeff, even if it was a first time experience. I like the fact that my shows are open to all kinds of people from all walks of life.
Jeff Lewis really enjoyed the show, as did his band plus so did everyone I was talking too on the night.
As for the dancers. Well, lets just say there is some bad dancers out there.
On the subject of bad dancing, I remember once seeing a guy dancing at an Adrian Crowley gig in Pine Lodge last year. He was dancing away in front of Adrian (who is a lo fi singer/songwriter) for most of his set. Adrian responded by saying "thats a first".