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Reel Big Fish

at: Forum

March 5th, 2009 · post by jas · 3 Comments

Date of the event: 27/02/09

All photos by: Imelda Michalczyk
This was my first outing to the ‘HMV’ Forum, and I’m sad to report that not much has changed: the bar is still overpriced, the toilets scuzzy, and the sound awful. However this wasn’t going to put a dampener on my night.

I showed up in plenty of time to see Keighley’s Random Hand tear up the stage for a horde of appreciative young’uns. This band has been on pretty much every big name ska-punk tour of the last year due to having the might of Hidden Talent behind them, and are tight as hell now. Despite an unforgivable array of ‘comedy’ hats and shorts (ska kids really do never change) their enthusiasm was infectious and left me with a smile on my face.

rbf-tongueThe next set was a real blast from the past for me. When I was at college, I was obsessed with a ska-punk band I had found on, and I set about showing their brilliance to everyone I knew. I even started up my first zine just so I would have an excuse to interview them when they toured with RBF side project The Littlest Man Band.

Anyhow, that was then, and I had barely listened to Suburban Legends since, until tonight. It was the showcase of snazzy Backstreet-Boys-esque dance moves that I remembered, but only three oldies: ‘High Fives’, ‘Desperate’ (featuring the Fish’s Aaron Barrett on guitar), and ‘Bright Spring Morning’ from their debut full-length, that were familiar to me. They went down a storm, and the pit of the Forum was putty in their hands by the end.


Reel Big Fish appeared to a roar of appreciation with old favourite ‘Trendy’. Despite it being intensely uncool to admit, seeing this band has a lot of history for me and if you take me to one of their shows I can almost guarantee I’m going to enjoy it. They realised that no-one wanted to see them play old songs sometime after the Cheer Up! tour, so their sets always involve a healthy dose of older material.

As well as all the classics were a few newer offerings, such as ‘Enter Sandman’, ’Veronica Sawyer’ (Edna’s Goldfish cover), and a Katy Perry segment bolted on to ‘She Has A Girlfriend Now’.

Set enders ‘Sell Out’ and ‘Take On Me’ were predictable as ever, but no less well received.

more photos of Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish singer
Reel Big Fish trombone
Pogo, pogo, pogo
Reel Big Fish getting close and personal with the microphone

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3 responses so far

  • Tom Fiction posted:
    Mar 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm. Comment #1

    I can’t stand this band. Ska is good at times but these guys are just to much!

  • John B posted:
    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:38 am. Comment #2

    Random Hand didn’t have any comedy hats and shorts :S

  • jas posted:
    Mar 18, 2009 at 9:09 pm. Comment #3

    yeah sorry that was a bit of a messy sentence. i meant the crowd members