Henri Herbert @ SoundControl
Henri Herbert’s six-hour car journey to Manc-land handed local support act The Creature Comfort an extended support slot on the bar stage at SoundControl. Right from the start of Sally Sucks Ben Le Jeune, their enigmatic and theatrical frontman, spent more time on his knees or in the crowd and combined with his madman stares, sneering and leering he provided the perfect counterbalance to the band who were studious and professional in comparison, a combination that worked well.
Musically The Creature Comfort were very good mixing punk and rock n roll with a dash of soul and even psychedelic sounds from time to time The highlight of the set was definitely a rousing What We Want (Power Corruption & Lies) with its interesting groove that typifies the bands sound and ethos.
Le Jeune ended their set by announcing “You are never going to see us again…unless you come to Club Academy on 19th December” – it’s a done deal as I was blown away by them, the second of two exciting and interesting support bands in two nights.
The Jim Jones Revue were one of the most exciting bands I ever saw play live, and I have been to a lot of gigs. By keeping tabs on all the individuals from the band it was interesting to find that their pianist, French born Henri Herbert, was coming to town.
This isn’t your standard “rock” performance, think 1950’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley with a dash of Ray Charles and you start to get the picture. This is rockabilly and boogie music that your feet just have to start dancing too. Remember kiddies, this is where it all started!
Henri was hammering away at the piano singing shake it on the boogie which really got the crowd dancing and clapping along, it was a huge slab of driving rock n roll – I knew I should have worn my creepers! The Oscar Peterson Oscar’s Boogie was the highlight of the set for me although not a single piece amongst the 20 or so songs packed into the set disappointed.
His playing is a joy to watch, his fingers simply a blur as they rapidly move around his piano. From the boogie to long deep grooves, he is clearly in his element and the subtle and understated playing of his band, drummer Nick Jones and bassist Tim Purkess, allows Herbert to shine.
Elvis may have left the building but Henri Herbert has certainly arrived.
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