I feel it is my duty to report that, last week, Adam Johnstone lost all of his money and clothes in a game of tiddlywinks with Wilks and Dan. We believe that this was the spark that sent him on a spiritual journey to ‘re-find himself’. He left what can only be described as a ’small etching’ on the Quadrofridge explaining that he has gone to Peru for 3 weeks to herd llamas. We wish him the best. True story.
Anyhow, this meant he missed our latest gig at the Abingdon road house party last night. The theme – eighties! So, as your humble Driscoll, I feel I should report the proceedings in Bom’s absence.
After Richard, Ashley and myself had gorged ourselves silly on French cuisine we made our to Dan’s to collect the equipment – So began the now customary Quadro-convoy. En route to the venue we discussed Kafka, Lionel Blair and Mulletts (we were going to an eighties party after all). We arrived at our destination high on life and safe in the knowledge that we’d be greeted by some familiar faces. The party was in aid of Becky’s (a new recruit to the Quadrofan ranks) Birthday. Rumour had it that members of local favourites, Stornoway, and our fellow Jack FM finalists, InLight would be at the party to hear our sweet beats – but sadly neither materialised.
After an extended set-up period we bashed out two 35 minute sets, mixing old and new material – with a liberal sprinkling of covers that spanned the decades. In all honesty we perhaps had one relevant cover. One Step Beyond was the only true eighties song and got the crowd bopping along nicely. We premiered our new song ‘Trousers’ to a receptive gathering.
It was a good night, even with only 66.6% of the band in attendance and it was definately an occassion where the covers garnered the most attention – though it must be said that the audience participation in Super Badger and Above Me was admirable! Adam didn’t leave me his grading chart before going away but, on the fact that we were made to feel so welcome and stayed to join in the festivities afterwards, I’d give this one a B+ .
Farewell for now. We will speak again the next time Adam leaves the country in a hurry – Quadrophobe-ho!