Heat five of this year’s Battle of the Bands competition saw us returning to Watlington Sports & Social Club – and there were five acts to get through, too.
It was up to singer/song-writer Chris Pigeon to get things under way. His brand of acoustic music was a good way to start.
Making good use of a loop pedal, and treating us to some great lyrical content, he managed to keep the crowd interested throughout his set, and engaged the crowd often.
Last week’s casualty Isabella Rose Smith was next to take the spotlight, and again managed to keep the crowd enthralled with some intelligent song-writing and thoughtful lyrics. She has a talent that is much more advanced than her years, and her voice has some real power at times.
Covers band Pedlar were the first band on the bill, and they blitzed through a set of classic rock covers which really got the crowd going, although it would seem that the population of Swaffham came with them. They played some interesting songs too, and it was the first time I’d heard anyone cover Golden Earring’s Radar Love.
Next it was the turn of a quartet of young men going under the name of Among The Citizens. From the opening bars of the first song it was quite clear that this was going to be something a bit special. There was a real buzz around the room, particularly the judges’ table, and discovering bands like this is exactly what this competition is about. Their talent for song-writing and musicianship belies their age.
Last but not least were Mammal Not Fish, an originals band hailing from Norwich. They had to really pull something out of the bag to get close to the band before, and they did exactly that, even finishing with a cheeky cover of McFly’s Five Colours In Her Hair which got the crowd jumping.
Once again it was down to the judges to try to work out who would go through, and in yet another draw it was Among The Citizens and Mammal Not Fish taking the honours. It has to be said though that any of these acts could have gone through.