Mamas Gun – Water Rats, Kings Cross, London – August 4th 2009
It’s not often that you go to a gig and the energy from the band simply vaults from the stage and slaps you – but it happened on Tuesday. Make no mistake: Mamas Gun are a group who really love what they do. L-O-V-E love. This is evident from the theatrics they inject into their set, from their crisp, cool attire, from their tight band dynamic, but mostly from their music, a fusion of funk, pop and soul that oozes 70s but very much applies to right now…
Named after an Erykah Badu album, the group have been together for two years now and have already supported the likes of Craig David, De La Soul and Taio Cruz as well as gathering up some love in France and Germany, playing to a 50,000 strong crowd in the latter region. The UK is a harder nut to crack though, but the band have already had support from Chris Evans on Radio 2 and we can see that their brand of fizzing soul-funk would sit well on that station.
On Tuesday, they ripped through a tight set of six tracks including the gorgeous Pots Of Gold, the thrusting House On A Hill, the funky Finger On It and the tongue-in-cheek …Bitch. Together on stage, the quintet create a wave of sound that swells through the entire venue and beyond and leaves you wondering why all gigs aren’t like this. Hearts and souls are on show throughout and vocalist and composer Andy Platts’ voice soars the highest. After playing on Corinne Bailey Rae’s impressive debut, this is the band that Platts always wanted to front and we can see why – the man was born to do it. They finished the set with the banging Psycho Territory, with Platts commenting: “It’s out soon, as is our album – in fact everything’s coming out except us!” Mamas Gun now have a slew of dates to fulfill around the UK throughout November – if they come to a town near you make sure you get a ticket.
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