The Lobsters have stepped out of the rehearsal room and on to a stage, playing as a warm up act for Murder Mile at Project 142 in Hackney. We sounded as good as we’ve ever sounded and the audience made polite clapping noises between the songs. Our secret weapon, Screamin’ Kaz Rubins, managed to distract from any cockups the rest of the band were making.
From left to right:
Bass Guitar - Pete “Wake Up” Setchell, locked into his best Steve Harris impression and hypnotized by his fingers
Drums - Joe “Prodigal Son” Hoy
Vocals - Karen “I never knew you could scream like that” Rubins
Bass Guitar - Lesley “I can’t hear myself through the PA” Arnold
Guitar - Ant “If I sneak over to my left, nobody can see me behind these keyboards” Setchell
We have two bassists, as it’s the easiest way to make sure we’re always playing two wrong bass notes at once.
Bad Guys (vaguely resembles the song from Bugsy Malone)
London Dungeon (Misfits cover)
Do Your Brothers Have Tongues?
Freedom Of Choice (Devo cover)
Strolling Astronomer (Fu Manchu cover)
Caught By Dwarves
It sounds like the minidisc recording we made was pretty crappy, so we’ll try and get hold of one made through the sound desk. As you can see, we’re pretty prolific song writers. In five or six years of rehearsing we’ve managed to get two songs of our own up to a standard we felt comfortable playing live. All the rest were just songs we’ve been covering for fun.
We couldn’t have asked for a better venue for our first gig. Jonas and Murder Mile went out of their way to help us out, supplying amps and letting Joe completely reassemble their left-handed drum kit. After our set, they took the stage and comprehensively blew us out of the water.
Their new lineup is fantastic. There were one or two rusty spots, but they’ve successfully taken on the mantle of the old one and were full of energy and very tight. Jonas is an incredible singer and front man, writhing all over the stage, strolling through the audience and generally beating the shit out of the songs and himself. If you want to hear them, you can pick up their old “Where dogs go to die” E.P. here.
Finally, here’s a pic showing a little more of the “yellow submarine” style interior of Project 142.