Submitted by milkybarnick on 15 December 2013 - 12:04am
Dorking Halls, Dorking.
It was a concert of two halves, the first a set of rarities and singles; the second a run through of the 2003 debut album "Permission to Land". The first half was good, including a cover of Radiohead's Street Spirit as well as a quite barmy new track called "The Horn" (which probably needs no further introduction). The album run through was absolutely tremendous. The band are on fine form at the moment: Justin Hawkins is still capable of quite extraordinary vocal feats (although he is starting to look scarily like Frank Zappa); his, and the rest of the band's musicianship is certainly on a par with how it was 10 years ago, if not even better. The big singles still stand out ("Growing on Me" being a particular high point) and hearing the whole piece done again is a reminder why these guys were so massive. The show was topped off by a blast through festive shouldhavebeenanumberone "Christmas Time (Don't let the Bells End)" replete with fairy lights and a toppling Christmas tree.
Mainly middle aged, and fairly rock. Good atmosphere though, and no fuckwits in evidence. Audience participation was requested and honoured which added to the general sense of good humour.
Food & drink:
There are some pretty good breweries in Surrey; I tried a Hog's Back Lager which wasn't half bad considering the heavingness of the bar. Mrs Milky had some "Raspberry Lemonade" (the kind you find in a second hand store, I guess).
It made me think:
As much as new music can push the boundaries, sometimes all you want is 90 minutes of uncomplicated, yet humorous rock to blow away the cobwebs. The Darkness delivered that 10 years ago, and they're doing it again now.