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Bands2C : Boiling Peter Bread
@ Hand and Heart, Saturday 6 March 1999
I like a band with a good weird name and you can’t get much weirder than ‘Boiling Peter Bread’. In fact they have the dubious honour, although some (including myself) might call it a considerable achievement, of being called ‘the worst named band in the West Midlands’, by Neil Colcouny of that illustrious music rag the Melody Maker; but then ‘what’s in a name?’ Boiling Peter Bread would sound as sweet by any other name!!! (You’ll have to forgive me for this quote; I’ve just been to seeShakespeare In Love).
The Hand and Heart was packed and everybody I bumped into said, ‘Hey, there are two really good bands on tonight’. So obviously BPB’s reputation proceeds them.
The band took to the stage amid lurid red lights and what can only be described as swirling, ghostly noises. Drums, keyboards, bass and vocals/guitar make up the ensemble. Apparently the lead sax/flute/cool paper pipe player (the mysteriously titled Hans Spitzlburger) couldn’t make it tonight.
From the first song I was hooked. This is good quirky, eclectic 70’s influenced melodic pop/prog rock. Driving music, with surprising subtlety at times, with nicely in tune, anguished vocals care of Dave Cross and an interesting line in vocal harmonies from some of the other members.
The accolades must go to ‘Krispy’ Chris Bucin on keyboards, who’s Hammond influenced sound reminded me of the Doors. His range of sounds and prodigious technique make this band a cut above the rest. He takes in so many influences, from the Stranglers-ish harpsichord intro of one song, to a grandiose sounding Yes influenced number.
They trawl the ‘70’s and beyond with an excellent creative interplay between keyboards and guitar, while some zany heavy rhythms were being laid down at the drum and bass end from Fran Hunter and Fran O’Sullivan respectively.
The chorus of ‘Knicky Knocky Nay’ (well, I guess that’s what it was called!) had most of the audience chanting away to it, and sounded like an out-take of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.
The Doors influenced ‘How Do You Feel Tonight' was punctuated by a loping bass line, before a beautiful keyboard motif took over.
At the end of the set there was much well-deserved applause and shouts for an encore, which wasn’t taken up by the band, much to my disappointment. This is well-produced, well structured music, which at times sounds almost jazz influenced. Boiling Peter Bread are eccentric English music at its best; an aromatherapy and pummeling massage for the mind.
If you are interested into listening to Boiling Peter Bread on CD, then get hold of their debut self-titled album, recorded at theDepot Studios in Coventry on their own Brian Records label. Also, currently released is the ‘Dogs Bollocks EP’, sporting a cover of Arthur Brown’s classic cut, ‘Nightmare’ and also features live favourites ‘Poster’and ‘Jones’.
And if you fancy wading around in mud again this year during the festival summer season, then you may well catch them at Glastonbury. Other scheduled festivals are the Green Gathering, Godiva Festival andThe Leamington Peace Festival.