Bunker Pop, Alex And The Christopher Hale Band, Marty – Live At Dubrek, Derby, 31/5/23

Went out to see three bands at Dubrek tonight!

Marty - 6

First on were Marty who played a fun, high-energy set with lovely three-part harmonies and some good shouting. Who doesn’t like bands shouting together, always gets the crowd going! Also, I like the Doorsy move of having the keyboardist play bass, no mean feat along with the other complex twiddly bits she was doing.

Alex And The Christopher Hale Band - 4
Alex And The Christopher Hale Band

Next on were Alex And The Christopher Hale Band presenting a series of funny / sad vignettes. One of them (I can’t remember the title, sadly) was strangely touching, there was real pathos in the imagery. Best person in the band was the bassist, of course. 😛

Bunker Pop - 8
Bunker Pop

Last were Bunker Pop who kind of reminded me of Grandaddy but like, a JOYOUS Grandaddy, if that makes sense? Interweaving guitars and synths, surfed over by wry vocals, these Hullists had great energy and an easy friendliness with the audience that Royal Blood could learn a thing or two from. Sadly, I had to leave before the end of their set as my long Covid kicked in with a vengeance – I was too tired to even stop for food on the way home.

BUT I had a cool night, it was good being able to actually make it out to a gig again, even though I knackered myself. And Dubrek is such a cool venue. ?

Here’s to more gigs!

All the pics are in an album here.