Artists and Bands


A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch local band Jinxed play at my local Parish Hall. Even though all of band the members are still in school, they still put on a really good performance. A review of them follows:

For some bands, what is only your second gig wouldn’t be that good.

For some bands, (White Stripes not included), not having a bass player would be a problem.

For a band made up of 13 & 14 year olds, you wouldn’t expect that good a performance.

Luckily, for us, local band, Jinxed aren’t any of the above. Although all four members of the band are still in school, and while tonight’s venue (the Waterhead Parish Hall) is hardly London’s Hammersmith Palais, they still give a performance which underlies their tender years.

Although an early case of the jitters was evident as the band opened with a cover of “All I Need is the Air that I breathe” by the Hollies, as the night’s 5 song set progressed, Jinxed clearly found their own feet.

Covers of “Come Up and See Me” and “Stand by Me” by Sultan of Swing and the Boomtown Rats respectively, followed, with lead singer, Reese clearly growing in confidence.

In fact the entire band screamed confidence. Jinxed are the first band I’ve ever seen, and trust I’ve seen a lot of bands, that have TWO guitarists (Chris and Terry) but no bass player. How they managed to do that and put in a half-decent performance I have no idea, but I was impressed.

As their set drew to a close, they covered some more recent hits, namely Green Day’s smash hit, “American Idiot”, and “Seven Nation Army” by Detroit garage idols, The White Stripes. It’s quite clear that despite this being only their second gig, Jinxed could be a name the local scene will be hearing a lot more from in the future.