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The Coverup The Chequers, Billericay High Street 30/09/10

Just had a good night at The Chequers watching a new band The Cover Up. A new venue for me as well, seemed strange walking along the sleepy high street, approaching a noise that was bouncing off the shops opposite. The nearer you got the more it sounded like London Calling. The actual pub is a nice old one, plenty of low beams and character. It looks as though it’s a Young’s house but there were other ales on pump, so the beers ok. Walking up to the pub I think Mo called it right, it was just like walking into the pub in Heartbeat. The outside had a few scooters with mirrors festooned upon them with a sprinkling of mods inside. The Chequers has weekly Thursday night band nights and was surprisingly packed out. The band were very tight and consisted of the classic guitar, bass and drum outfit but it also had the added bonus of a sax player. The band are ever so good and play the kind of music that you just can’t go wrong with. I am hopeless on set lists, but I definitely heard “Down in the tubestation at midnight” “That’s entertainment” “To be someone” that’s one of the Jams finest, a couple of Wilson Pickett songs “mustang Sally” and “In the midnight hour.” They went into glam as well with “20th Century boy”. For the youngsters there was “Chelsea Dagger” and “Parklife” (there probably not that new now, perhaps I am showing my age) For me there was one my favourite power tracks Jets “are you gonna be my girl.” The Who got a play as well with “my generation” and the best one of the night for me “the real me,” a truly powerful version. A lot of Ska was also played in the second set. The saxophone came into play here with Prince Buster’s “one step beyond” Madnesses, signature track “night boat to Cairo,” Dandy Livingstone’s “message to you Rudy” and the specials “too much too young.” I also forgot what a great fun song “Lip up fatty” was (Buster Bloodvessel was king). They finished up with “whatcha gonna do about it.” There were lots of other songs and they were all enjoyable A good night had by all. The band are very good and if someone was having a party and was looking for a band, I would have no problem recommending them. They are all musically good and compliment each other. From the lead singer to the drummer, all great and thanks for a good night. So as Paul Weller sang on Eton Rifles “some of the lads will be back next week,” I think I will be one of them.

Duncan September 2010