Upon A Time In Middlesbrough...
Gig Review by Dawn / Photo
courtesy of TheJeevas.com
It has to be said that Crispian Mills
is a slightly strange character. With a moptop hairstyle straight
out of the Sixties and retro riffs a-plenty, the first impression
you get of the former king of Kula Shaker is that he’d be
more at home were the charts still occupied by The Beatles and The
Kinks, or perhaps Bowie and T-Rex. Furthermore, the courteous, placid,
public schoolboy demeanour of the offstage Mills completely belies
that of the energetic, guitar-wielding maniac who stalks around
the stage wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt and, naturally, the obligatory
rock star shades.
Thank the lord, then, that The Jeevas
at least have some impressive rock ‘n’ roll gems in
their repertoire to ensure that his efforts aren’t totally
in vain - the singles Virginia and Ghost (Cowboys In
The Movies) plus an Undertones cover being spectacular highlights
of an invigorating set. And despite ex-Straw boys Andy
and Dan being somewhat overshadowed by Crispian’s
extrovert antics and note-perfect vocals, they obviously enjoy the
experience just as much as their blond companion – a fact
confirmed by the size of the grin on the face of Julian Casablancas-lookalike
With this in mind, it was a shame that the biggest cheers
of the night were saved for the resurrection of Kula Shaker favourites
Hush and Hey Dude simply because of their familiarity;
several of The Jeevas’ own tunes are at least as good, if not better,
as anyone who owns their album will know.
With driving melodies as strong as theirs, The Jeevas
deserve to be bigger than all of the members’ former bands put together.
But if all else fails, Crispian can be safe in the knowledge that he always
has a Kula Shaker revival to fall back on.
With thanks to Maureen.
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