The Piratones EP launch at OPEN Club Room. Music House Acoustic(ish) Session with Milly Hirst, Eden Tree. Photos by Richard Shashamane
The Piratones’ long awaited Sub Dwelling EP was launched with a massive blowout in OPEN’s Club Room, with bands (Piratones, Shanty, Kimberley Newell), djs (Wayward Natives, Tuff Lion, Rorshack), Kafuffle and a late license. I started my evening at Jurnets where I caught a splendid set by Milly Hirst, and an enjoyable first hearing of Eden Tree, and a few carols by the male choir on Andrew Taylor’s curated evening, before slipping out to catch the Piratones, sadly missing Moxy Garbanzo.
I arrived at OPEN just in time to catch Shanty’s set, ahead of The Piratones themselves at about 11:30, who were introduced by the splendid Kirsty of The Flavour Parlour. The band had pleasingly completely sold out the venue on the night so there was a great atmosphere along with a wonderful upbeat set. They are a band of lovely people who always wear an easy smile which truly seems to reflect their characters, soul and their beautifully positive attitude and energy. It was a great night, even featuring a turn on vocals by Zeb whilst Mikey dep’d on drums. The EP is of course an excellent work, a mixture of styles incorporating reggae, dub, ska, hip-hop, great vocals and musicianship as well as some astute observations in the lyrics. Available as a CD or a download from their Bandcamp page.
It’s been fascinating to follow this band, whom I have loved since I first heard them. Their upbeat energy and message is highly infectious and each member oozes talent and creativity and brings their own influence and input and everything feels so well balanced, one can hear the ska, dub, jungle and hip-hop whilst the beautifully compatible voices of Dan and Georgia (tonight resplendent in full length black dress and flowers in her hair) are always a delight. They are all incredibly young too so it will be most interesting to follow their progess, I am in no doubt they will surprise and thrill along the way and I hope it carries them a long, long way.
Sub Dwelling, the 5-track EP recorded, mixed and produced by Mikey aka Junior Ras in the Dub Cavern is available from https://the-piratones.bandcamp.com/album/sub-dwelling-ep
At Jurnets it is always a treat to hear the understated brilliance that is Milly perform, she has had a very busy and productive year with the superb Wooden Arms but I’m pleased she still does solo gigs too. Quite correctly introduced by Andrew as “One of the city’s best singer-songwriters” her voice tonight sounded especially clear, beautiful, powerful and expressive. Mary was a sublime performance. A song that always affects me. She had initially intended to play a Christmas song or two but instead played a wonderfully un-festive but absolutely gorgeous “She Perished in the Snow”. I am always fascinated at the reaction of those hearing her sing for the first time. There were several such people clearly in that position tonight. Her voice commands attention and the rapt expressions said it all.
I also enjoyed Eden Tree who had a good sound with shared vocal duties, guitar and Paul Meek of Rum Dogs etc. on double bass, several of their songs having a strong local angle with many references such as Theatre Street, and Iceni based around finding a Roman coin locally.
Many thanks to The Piratones, Milly, Andrew Taylor, Jurnets and Open
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014