Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
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The Urban Bar, Whitechapel 13/08/2014




As you can guess a covers band of probably one of the most entertaining bands that I have ever seen. The chaps and myself have seen them in all of their guises and travelled quite a few miles to watch them. So on a sunny Wednesday evening 3 members of Chelmsford’s Vibranian Liberation Front left the Plough and travelled to Jack the Ripper country to see a Swiss covers band that play eccentric 70’s rock music.

I had not been to this pub for well over 35 years (showing my age now) when it used to be called the Royal Hospital Tavern, it had changed a bit and instead of holding disco’s which were full of nurses from the hospital next door, it was advertising Salsa classes, how things change. It was the room that the Salsa was held which was going to be our venue for the evening. We were a bit worried as there did not seem to be many Sahbsters about but we paid our money and settled down with an excellent pint of Doom Bar.

The band came on and I must say they were great, as any usual Harvey gig they started with the “Faith healer.” The difference with these and the original band who play every now and then with Max Maxwell taking the departed Alex’s part, he tries to be himself whereas the Not Band are trying to recreate the show.

The lead singer is an actual Glaswegian but the rest of the band if I am correct is Swiss, they have a couple of girls who dance and generally add a bit of theatrics to the show acting out “Deliah” “Snakebite” and “Long Hair Music”. They went through a set which included “Midnight Moses” “Vambo Marble Eye” ”Next” “Amos Moses” “St Anthony” “Framed” with Rolf Harris sitting in the corner singing “do you believe me, I never did nothing.” It ended with an encore of “Hey you” “Shake that thing” and the Hot City Symphony of “Vambo” and “Man in the Jar.” A fantastic night, feel a bit sorry for the band though as I only counted 16 people there. Strange as the 2 Welsh gigs are sell outs and the Scottish ones are not far from it.

It was that good that we may even have a cultural weekend in Glasgow next year ending up watching them again. That is of course as long as the Jocks don’t vote for independence and go all brave heart on us. Hail Vibrania,

Duncan August 2014