|Scouting For Girls | Newcastle Academy | 27/03/08|
Enter the jubilant headliners (to the tune of Elvis Presley's Wonder of You and complete with extra guitarist Peter) and the crowd set the precedent for the whole show with the volume of their singing to set opener I Need a Holiday. Frontman Roy is clearly in his element, temporarily deserting his piano to run around the stage, conduct the crowd’s "oh-oh"s and lap up the attention during the band's recent B-Side, the wonderfully titled You Were Fitter in Your MySpace Picture.
The cynical among us might suggest that such references to popular culture (see also: She-Ra, James Bond and Michaela Strachan) serve to distract us from the songs' lack of substance, but to dismiss Scouting For Girls as some sort of novelty act would be to overlook their more subtle touches such as bassist Greg's beautiful backing vocals and Roy's sublime piano melodies in It’s Not About You. Only the hardest heart would fail to soften at the sight of the band’s beaming faces as the crowd sing the chorus of "don't you go home"s, leaving Roy to triumphantly announce "You’re magnificent".
Drummer Pete encourages some synchronised arm waving from
the audience as the singalong continues for The Airplane Song
- a track so simple yet so charmingly bittersweet that you wonder why
no-one has written it before – before Roy indulges his 007 obsession
to perform a solo cover of Nobody Does It Better. Cue some dramatic
stage lighting and the James Bond theme, leaving the crowd in no doubt
as to which song is to follow, as Roy asks an imaginary Goldfinger, "Do
you expect me to talk?" No, Mr Stride; we expect you to sing... and
sing he does, as the sell-out crowd clap along to I Wish I Was James
With thanks to the lovely Roy. Visit www.myspace.com/ScoutingForGirls for more information.
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