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SINGLETON Troubadour, London
10 June 2010
Singleton, along with his band who now have a name - the Distractions -
are back at the Troubadour for the album launch gig of the new album
'Lady Gasoline'. The Distractions are Andy Fleet (piano), John Gibbons
(backing vocals), Stelios Kalisperides (guitars), Zane Maertens (bass)
and Ben Woollacott (drums), with John Gibbons and Andy Fleet both
playing short support sets before the main event. John Gibbons has very
soothing vocal not dissimilar to David McAlmont of McAlmont and Butler
only an acoustic guitar it made for a good start to the evening. Andy
Fleet's music was more in the jazz/easy listening genre and he was
backed by a trumpet player. Perfectly pleasant but not my personal cup
Chris Singleton and the Distractions took to the stage to a rousing
reception and quickly tore into a very heavy version of 'Get Up'.
To this day
how this song never become a hit single is beyond me as it is a perfect
example of pop rock if ever there was one.
track of the new album followed and like the debut album 'Twisted City',
the songs sound just as good played live as they do on the album.
There was a
good smattering of new songs tonight including 'Let Me Out', 'Lose It'
(both are instant pop rock gems) and 'Lou Reed' a song that gives a clue
to another of Chris Singleton's musical influences.
gig had a relaxed air with good natured banter and thank you's from
Chris throughout the set to various people in the audience.
Having only heard the new album a few times before the gig the new songs
have a lot more going on musically and the band ably manage to recreate
Nice to have
a few 'oldies' of 'Twisted City' including the title track, 'Tonight'
and 'Worry Number One'. Chris and the band gel very well and after
tonight's warm reception to the new songs it bodes well for the album
If there was any justice in the musical world Chris Singleton and the
Distractions along with fellow pop rockers Jackdaw4 and Farrah should be
of Chris's songs are the everyday lyrics people can identify with
wrapped in coating of musical pop rock bliss. My advice is grab the
album (and 'Twisted City' which you can download for free!) and go see
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