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Babar Luck

at: Ryan's Bar, Stoke Newington


February 20th, 2008 · post by jas · Make a comment

Date of the event: 17/02/08

First on tonight is The Casual Terrorist, a bit of a scruffy punk kid who sings about anarchism and how being an anarchist is great. Despite not entirely being ‘down’ with his sentiments, the set is enjoyable, and his constant funk-poking at the right wing is something that can be enjoyed by everyone. Raising a lot of chuckles around the room with his amusing observations and opinions, his charisma seems to win everyone over.

Kelly Kemp is on next, the first act of the night who has to leave early to get home as she’s travelled quite a way to get here and transport is fairly sparse on a Sunday night. She sits in the middle of the room, playing soulful, beautiful ditties about friendship and love and all that stuff. Her voice is just amazing, and despite her nervous quietness between songs she belts out a great set at the top of her lungs.

Cardiff’s Dirty Revolution is up for an acoustic set next. I’ve only seen them once before at the Underworld, but was immediately smitten with the well-crafted reggae tunes and brilliant vocal harmonies. Apart from a few technical difficulties with the bass tonight, they sound excellent and the small room downstairs in Ryan’s Bar seems like the perfect venue. Knocking out songs like 50 Pence, Dirty and that funny one about meeting a skinhead in Blackpool (I have no idea what that one was called) they charm most of the crowd. At the end of the set they explain they don’t usually play acoustic and everyone should really see them when they’re electric, but I am in no doubt this band could play anywhere, electric or not – everyone should check these guys out.

I have to admit I left during Daniel O’Sullivan’s set to buy a bag of crisps from the shop down the road. But from what I saw of him, he was melodic folk-punky goodness, the same as quite a lot going round at the moment. He seems to shout out loud when he sings, opening his mouth really wide, which makes him stick in the memory. Which I suppose is a good thing. He was also handing out free CDs at the end, and that’s always a good way to get people to remember you.

Walking onto the 6 inch high ‘stage’, the first thing Babar Luck says is “I know it’s a Sunday night and you all have buses and trains to catch. But I don’t care. I look out for number one.” He then removes his shoes, hangs his socks from a microphone stand and begins to leap around in the middle of the room. He is definitely in a lively mood, shooting off his mouth off at all and sundry.

Playing for just over an hour, a relatively short set when he has bassist Mr Scrimshaw in tow, he only plays a few songs but doesn’t cut down on the banter in-between or the jamming in the middle. “This song is dedicated to Noam Chomsky who has a wife, and I’m sure he sings this to her late at night,” he says before going into sexy love song ‘Movies’.

Spreading his message of one love, integration and faith, he has chosen songs such as ‘1 Luv’, ‘Care In The Community’, and ‘One World’ tonight. Despite his outward hysteria, the music is generally mellow reggae-folk music, creating the perfect atmosphere to wind down after the weekend.

Out Of Step keep putting on wicked free and dirt-cheap gigs at the moment, and this was no exception. If you’re free on a Sunday night, I would recommend you see what’s going on at Ryan’s Bar.

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