Review: The Extras – The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thursday, 16th May, 2013

This four piece band from the Merseyside district gave a full-on fabulous performance, taking us back to the 70s with the Canvey Island R& B music scene, deep into Dr Feelgood and The Pirates territory. The band with their razor sharp delivery and a cracking sound won the packed crowd over from the very start.

Front man Mark Evans on lead vocals, harp, and slide guitar, was just terrific – he was enjoying every minute and connected instantly with the audience. The rhythm section was just brilliant – on a stonking Rickenbacker bass guitar and backing vocals was ‘Little Miss Nitro’ Joan Bimson – you couldn’t take your eyes off her, a great presence she was rockin’ – and on drums and percussion Mark Prescott, a fantastic drummer- his pace was just spot on; and lastly on lead guitar, a veteran of the Liverpool music scene for some 50 years was Dave Woods. His rendition of the classic “Moonchild” was outstanding.

The Extras have been into the studio and cut an EP entitled “Atlantic Corner” with four tracks on it – two of these originals penned by Mark Evan,s “Errol Flynn” and “Last Number and Back Again”, the two covers were “99 And A Half” and “(A Big) Hunk of Love”.

With other memorable r&b classic covers from the band, “Wind Up”, “Sugar Shaker”,”Down At The Doctors”, “Rumble In Brighton” and “Gear Jammer” and many more fantastic tunes, the place was banging, a good time was had by one and all. Seriously good music from a seriously talented band.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International Music Reviewer

www.theextras.co.uk   

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