The Spitfires – Reading Rooms, Dundee – 28/02/14
Last time I ventured to Reading Rooms was about a year ago, to see the legend that is Ruts DC supported by our band for tonight, The Spitfires. Apart from the headliners performance, one thing that I’ll always remember was just how much I enjoyed the venue on the night. Dark, with a separate bar away from the dancefloor (always a good thing, in my humble), a sound to die for that is a rarity these days and parking just across the road so no hassle for us making the journey from out of the city. Needless to say, I’d been looking for an excuse to return to the venue for a while.
We arrived about quarter to eleven to find the doors were not yet open, despite being advertised as 10.30pm. Always frustrating when it happens but the weather was decent and we didn’t have to wait long to get in anyway. The evening starts with the Locarno DJs playing just the right eclectic mix of records with a lovely mix of treble and bass to set us up for the wait until the band came on. Well done lads.
Sadly, and so unlike last time, the crowds just didn’t show for the young trio (18/19 years old) from Watford on the night despite the low door tax of a fiver, with maybe 30-40 through the doors from what I saw. I might be wrong but I don’t think so. Anyway, that’s not the bands fault so on with the show…
After finding out The Spitfires were on at 12, then half past, then taking to the stage ten minutes after that we were more than ready for the young mod types finally getting the show underway with Tell Me, and a set that must have last around 45 minutes at the most. (full set list shown below) The music is very Jam oriented I think, and singer/guitarist Billy Sullivan has more than the usual amount of looks and mannerisms of Mr P Weller. The songs are sharp, punchy, and more often than not singalong. This all reminds me that we really do need more guitar based bands around. At no point do I get bored and really wish that they had more songs to their armoury than the eleven songs that we are treated to on the night.
To summarise, it went on a bit late, the crowd could, and should, have been so much more in number but hey, these young lads will progress I’m sure, they’re back in Ecosse in May at the 13th Note in Glasgow so may well be worth a look if you’re in the area. Who knows, we might just see them up at the Granite City sometime too. We live in hope.
Final word goes to fellow photographer and FnS person Dark Secret, who was majorly disappointed with the thick red lights of the performance, with added smoke leaving us to struggle to pictorially do the well dressed trio justice in the red fog that we had at times. Next time lads.
Images by Still Burning and Dark Secret.
The Spitfires Website