" Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band are absolutely incredible"
NOTE - This is a third party review of the band and there is strong language used in it.
So, here I am, sitting in the New Deer Public Hall, looking for something memorable. By fuck do I get it. Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band are absolutely incredible. And I mean incredible with a capital I N C R E D I B L E. If you get the chance to go and see this band. Do it. Do not ask questions. Do not pass go. Do not even put your y-fronts on if there's a risk you might miss any of their set. What a show of talent, musicianship, entertainment, you name it, it was there. Absolutely stunning. I'm afraid I can't name any songs, because I don't know what any of them are called, but every song was just mind-blowing. If you've never heard of Gerry Jablonski, you've probably never had anything to do with the Aberdeen Music Scene, as this guy is a veteran of the scene - I think he's 183 on his next birthday. I've seen Gerry Jablonski a couple of times playing acoustic sets and was blown away by that. What this guy does with an acoustic guitar is just brilliant. Just wait til you see him plug the fucker in. Jesus. The set starts with Gerry just ambling onto the stage, putting his guitar on and playing some really cool bluesy rock riff. The drummer joins him (I'll get to this guy further down the page - what a hero), and falls into line with a solid drumbeat, then the bassist (again - I'll get to this hero of a man later), and then the harmonica player (guess what - what a fucking hero!) joins in and from that moment on, the show doesn't stop for the next two and a half hours. Yes - two and a half hours of mind-blowing brilliant bluesy rock orgasm.
As I said above, Gerry Jablonski must be pushing 318 years old, but it really doesn't show. He throws himself around the stage like a proper frontman should - running from one side of the ample stage to the other whilst delivering brilliant note-perfect guitar solos, and he entertains the somewhat subdued crowd from start to finish with his crazy dancing - at times Gerry gets close to embarrassing Dad-at-a-wedding dancing, but he's such a cool fucker he can do whatever the fuck he wants in my book.
There are no words to describe how good the harmonica player in The Electric Band is. Oh my word - he is by far the best harmonica player I have ever heard/seen/thought of. Absolutely unbelievable. Every single note is delivered absolutely spot on, and compliments every other aspect of every song.
The bass player - the "Professor" as Gerry referred to him. I think he is a real life professor in some shape or form, but he is 300% a professor of bass playing. This guy is approximately 85,762 times better at playing bass than I am. To be better than me isn't difficult, but he's on a level that I honestly haven't seen from any other bass player ever. I've seen amazing bass players in bands whose bass lines don't work with the songs - you know, it's just a bit overcooked, but the Electric Band demands overcooked everything, so the Professor's basslines are absolutely perfect, and yet completely ridiculous at the same time.
When you look at the stage, your eyes are drawn to the sparkly pink drumkit at the back, and then there's this guy sitting behind them that just doesn't look like he's in a band. He could be a roady sent out to make sure the nuts are tightened or something, but he doesn't look cool enough to be in the Electric Band. Then you hear him playing. Holy. Shit. You don't quite notice how good he is during most of the set, but there was a massive bass solo at the end which was amazing, followed by the most ridiculous drum solo I have ever witnessed, which involved playing the floor tom with his feet, resting a drumstick on his leg, whilst hitting it with the other drumstick, individual solos on each cymbal, using both ends of his drumsticks, and both sides of his cymbals. 100% ridiculous. 700% amazing. (Postscript by Tropic At Ruislip, drummer Dave Innes sadly died in April 2014)
I said a little bit further up the review that the crowd was somewhat subdued. Well, they were - but only until a few songs into Gerry Jablonski's set. They got everyone up dancing, including a woman on crutches (I shit you not).
I can safely say that Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band is the best act ever to grace the New Deer Public Hall stage - even better than Cobra Kai, and even better than The Underkills - and will probably never be surpassed.
The only downside to the proceedings was the attendance. New Deer isn't the biggest place, but at the same time, there's not much happens in New Deer. We managed to sell the place out last year, but then that's because I'm from New Deer and people have actually heard of The Underkills for that reason. There were also a few other things going on on the same night, which can kill a crowd locally, which is a real shame because the people who weren't there really missed out. Luckily, it didn't take anything away from the atmosphere once Gerry got everyone on their feet and dancing.
The standing ovation at the end was well and truly merited.
Rating: ****** (yes, that's 6 out of 5)
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