Date: 1st April 2017
Review by The Hun
Photography by Inty Malcolm
Thanks to social media and YouTube I met the band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls a while ago; I think it was when they shared their version of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ which has now been seen by more than 38 million people. So when I found out that the Finnish bluegrass band were coming to town I was sure I’d be there.
The gig was on April Fool’s Day and I was a fool myself as I missed the support band (totally not my fault – a meeting with a promoter overran). Anyway I am sure they were good because when I arrived the crowd was warmed up and ready for the main act of the night.
[Inty: The support – Double Crush Syndrome, out of Mühlheim – were indeed excellent. They belted out some proper old school, high energy rock ‘n’ roll and worked hard to get the place rocking, running around the place and clearly having a blast. Definitely catch them if you get a chance.]
If you’ve seen any of Steve ‘n’ Seagulls’ videos you will already know what kind of clothes they wore. If not you have to imagine this – proper authentic bluegrass fashion: dungarees, wifebeaters, hats made out of dead animals, etc…
Obviously they’ve paired it with authentic instruments as well. They hit the stage with The Offspring’s classic ‘Self Esteem’ and the crowd immediately started to dance and sing and did not stop throughout Steve ‘n’ Seagulls repertoire of hits from bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses, AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters or Megadeth.
What can you possibly say about classic hits you grew up with being played in a bluegrass style?
Let’s just say – it was a lot of fun! As I said before, the crowd really got behind the band, and helped build an amazing atmosphere.
What really struck me about the show was just how varied the audience was – it appears Steve ‘n’ Seagulls holds appeal to many a diverse character. Yet another thing which made this show so enjoyable.
I think it wasn’t just the crowd who enjoyed the gig but it seemed that the musicians – who are all really lovely characters – had fun as well.
Their showmanship and stage presence was spot on, they interacted with the crowd, and perhaps most importantly, they had the energy to match their music.
The guys are amazing musicians and multi-instrumentalists, and they really added their own touch to the songs. If you get the chance, seriously, check them out.