Feedback from the lovely Lynne at last Saturday’s gig:
“It was a fantastic evening and so many people commented on how much they enjoyed Second City Soul. Everyone thought you were brilliant as I knew they would.”
Ah, a Blog. Here’s a first for us.
So tonight is Second City Soul’s first gig of the year, and its a showcase. It’s been a while since I’ve done a showcase, the last one being a rather intense affair with Hugh Goldsmith who was responsible for the success of Blue, Atomic Kitten and Billie Piper to name a few. A very nervy affair, potential musical success on the cards and a big A&R player sat in front of you doesn’t really take the heat out of the situation! You heap pressure on yourself and it shows, I felt I did well but it wasn’t the best I could do. Hugh was great though, very aware of that and did the best anyone could do to make us feel relaxed and settled.
Tonight, however, should be a slightly different affair. A little older, a little less pressure as this is for an opportunity to play Glastonbudget, the festival for function bands! We have half an hour to do our thing, and our thing is Soul, Funk and R&B. Regardless of us getting picked, we plan to put forward a slick set of classic but slightly less than standard function band fare for the enjoyment of our audience. This is the difference you see, unlike my last showcase experience in a room with a handful of people from the ‘label’, we get to play to an audience. Which from our experience is a real strength. 5 years from inception we still have 4 of 6 founder members with new additions on bass and drums for 2013. It means that we have fun on stage cos were playing with our mates, and our audiences have always seemed to buy into that. I’ve seen talented bands who barely look at each other and are detached from the other band members and it’s frankly insipid to watch. The best function bands are the ones loving every minute, really enjoying the music and the celebration.
So 2013, as I mentioned we have 2 new members. Both are excellent players and longstanding friends of the band, so they know what were about and the level we want to be at and they come with brilliant attitudes. We are also having a little rebrand, new logo’s with new pics, videos and demo’s to follow soon. We’ve even looked at Second City Soul branded clothing so when we turn up for a wedding we look as slick and professional off stage as we do on stage. Our diary’s peppered with gigs, and it’s certainly the best start to a year we’ve had in terms of filling the diary but there’s space left if you’re looking for a quality function band to get your guests dancing