Photograph : Debbie Sheringham
Despite storm Abigail drenching the city plenty of hardy souls made the effort to get along to Leith's Franklin Cricket Club tonight, in order to witness the live powerhouse that is Oh! Gunquit on stage.
Although slightly underlit their's was as electrifying and raucous a performance as expected. The likes of 'Bad Bad Milk', 'Sinkhole' and of course 'Lights Out' being raced through at a frenetic pace gave all present barely a chance to catch their collective breath.
In Tina Swasey the group have a singularly engaging vocalist, happy to get in amongst the crowd, break out some Northern Soul dance moves and with the control enough to successfully hula hoop whilst playing the trumpet. Diaphram of steel!
Rawer than on debut album Eat Yuppies And Dance their party sound gave the crowd exactly what they wanted with its solid, rumbling rythym section, the provocative sax playing and Simon Wild's guitar lines tying it all together behind Tina's commanding frontage. Two encores followed the main set, including a race through 'Wooly Bully' that properly set the seal on another top notch headline act at the Franklin Rock 'N' Roll Club.
Not that tonight's support act was in any way inferior. Looking far fresher than you'd expect after two months of touring Sao Paolo's The Black Needles delivered up a stomping, raw set of stripped down garage. Slower, "romantic" numbers were annonced once or twice but never quite seemed to take on the form that description implies as the Brazilian trio rattled through a dozen or so songs including a well chosen cover of the Q65's 'I Got Nightmares'.
Singer Jonas Morbach regularly finished off songs by lending a hand on the drums, whacking away at a cymbal with his guitar head, an act emblematic of the exuberance of the band's overall performance and indicative of how caught up in the live situation they manage to get. Absorbing stuff from a thoroughly personable group.
Another successful show at the Franklin (and what other bar sports its own cricket jumper?) with The Bonnevilles being the next headliners there on November 28.
Cheers to Tina, Simon & Jonas for taking the time to have a blether on the night and to the Franklin Rock 'N' Roll Club team for yet again coming up with the goods.