Forever Manchester Week
The Tiger Lounge Manchester
3rd June 2017
The Scuttlers, Wasted Johnnys, Daniel Clarke, Liam Caly, Gavin Goliath Clegg, Max Hammond
I wander into the Tiger Lounge, a small club that was once owned by George Best — that alone makes shivers go up my spine — a true football legend once drank champagne here, and if you check out Google, you will see the pyramid of glasses, of which he probably drank far too many. The club is not well known for live music, however I have caught a few gigs here that remind me that the small venues always get the right vibe for live music — a certain Kev Fox and the Magic Numbers comes to mind. So tonight I am hopeful it is one of those nights.
The musical line up tonight is to help raise funds for the Forever Manchester Foundation, a foundation that helps local grass roots organisations, and has been organised by David Foran, a local music promoter and online radio owner. This gig was just a few days after the terrorist attack at the arena, so I wasn’t expecting a huge turnout, but was surprised by the numbers that did come to the venue. Although there could have been more, the ones that did arrive were in for a not to be forgotten evening.
As there is a tight schedule, the first three artists only have a 15 minute time slot, Liam Caly, Gavin Goliath Clegg and Max Hammond entertain the crowd with their own unique style and help kick start the night. Next up is Daniel Clarke a truly gifted musician and
storyteller; his ability to engage with the audience and entertain is quite outstanding.
Next up are a band I have been told to keep an eye on, The Wasted Johnnys. The band comes from South Korea, and they have booked their own gigs across the UK.
Within two minutes I am hooked— not only hooked with line and sinker, but my eyes cannot move away from the singer, Angie An. The band play a 30 minute set that is so tight and well performed, that the time just flew; what seemed like 10 minutes was over too soon, and I am suddenly there cheering for an encore. With a rock-blues- garage sound, I am fully reminded of what got me into music, and how a great band can change your mood, your attitude, and at times your soul. The Wasted Johnny’s are that band. It did not matter that the songs (or the majority of the songs) were sung in Korean— what mattered was that they were sung with an attitude that I rarely see. It reminded me of my times at a venue called the Electric Circus, here in Manchester, and for about 12 months I saw the best of the punk rock movement changing attitudes across the UK. I wish they were based in the UK so I could go and see them again; sadly they are not, and I can only hope they will come back next year and play a few festivals.
The headline act for the evening is a band called The Scuttlers; again I had been told to watch out for them. Unfortunately they are plagued with technical problems from the off, and it affects their performance. What I did see was enough evidence to go and check
them out again, and hopefully that will not be too long in the waiting.
Jasper C Debussy