The Fiveways loves a bit of Two-Tone!
If you want to guarantee a packed night in Charminster then booking a ska band is the way to go and The Decatonics fit the bill for the pork pie wearing locals.
A relatively new band on the scene they've been busy building a good sized following and playing most of the decent sized venues in the area.
Strangely I'd never caught a Decatonics performance before and so I finally managed to break my duck on Saturday night.
Following our review of Ratrace last month you may have been wondering what happened to their brass section - well wonder no more as Jack Dallard (sax) and Russ Taylor (Trombone) now form a big part of The Decatonics.
Jack appears to be growing into his role and provided a bit of backing vocals and a sneaky little bit of buster bloodvessel/Cathal Smyth dancing. (we saw you)
A strong brass section is the key to a good ska revival band and Decs have this in spades.
Overall I'd have to say I'd go again. I enjoyed their style and I think they'll get better and better as time goes on. I'll be looking out for them on any outside stages to see how things go.
They have the air of a band who are making a real effort to build a good following with an active website and presence on social media and it deserves to be applauded.
If you're a Two-Tone fan then get yourself along to one of their gigs. I think you'll really enjoy.
True to form The Fiveways was rammed to the gills with music fans enjoying a busy and energetic performance from the band.
The first thing that struck me was how like Pauline Black front woman Sally Meaden sounds especially on 'Too much pressure'. One of my favourites from back in the day. Sally eased into her role during the evening and led the banter with the crowd with Bob being her main target.
It's good to see a good female front person in a local band as there have been some great ones over the years and I'm looking forward to seeing how this relationship with the band develops.
The band were unfortunately hampered in their aim to get the crowd dancing in that the staff had neglected to remove some of the tables at the front thus restricting the shape throwing room.
Undeterred they launched into good renditions of many of the standards of the early eighties and they boys and girls of pub very much enjoyed their set.
I thought their choice of sounds was interesting and showed an appreciation for the genre. I'm a bit of a snob about this sort of thing so for me they were too much Two-Tone and not enough bluebeat. Don't go expecting Toots and The Maytals but if you like The Selecter then this band is for you.
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