Wow. How a week flies. We’ve been super busy, performing with The Zoots. We travelled to France and joined a cruise ship we were performing on before sailing to Italy. You can read all about our travels on The Zoots blog. It’s all been a bit of a blur (see pic) really. Everything’s just going really fast and its making it all a little hazy. We’re having difficulty dressing & feeding ourselves and figuring our what day of the week it it. We’re living out of suitcases and taking each day gig by day by night by gig. We’ve turned into little nocturnal creatures of the night. Stuart Morrell now can only open his eyes fully during the dark hours. Mike’s drum sticks glow in the dark. We speak, eat and dream music. We talk about dance moves, chords and songs. We are always working on our backing vocals. I SAY ALWAYS. We are so freakin’ busy and people keep asking to book us. Every day is jam packed with rehearsals, reminders and to dos, meetings, site visits, emails and of course, lots of gigs! Its so great to be busy!! Last Saturday, the 24th of May, we journeyed to Launton, a small village just outside of Oxford. We we performing for the Hash House Harriers, a global running group with meets all over the world – their motto; ‘a drinking club with a running problem’. We could tell it was going to be a good night. When Iain booked us as their band for the event he told us a lot about The Hash House Harriers, what they do and who they are. They sounded like a fab, we were really looking forward to performing! It turns out, they were one of the best crowds we have ever played to! We arrived mid afternoon and were met by Pete who showed us where we were performing and a room we could use to change in. It was a great space with loads of natural light. The HHH (Hash House Harriers) were out on the playing field having a good time. There were tents dotted about everywhere as they were staying there for a few nights. We loaded in our kit and got set up. They had some really big trollies we could use. They were pretty heavy but we managed. (Big Boys). We had a massive red stage which we filled with all of our equipment! We sound checked, taking into account the empty room which would soon be filled with dancing bodies later in the evening! Stuart Morrell ate a banana and we took some photos.
We had some delicious food (thank you!) before heading to our dressing room to warm up and get changed. Lead singer Jamie drank some Coke and bass player Stuart Morrell invested some time in his double chin. We checked the sets, we had chosen some really great tracks from our song list.
WE.WERE.ON! When we went downstairs to the room we were playing in, we were greeted by every single Hash House Harrier in School Themed fancy dress! They had some of the best outfits we’d ever seen. There were people in school uniform, netball outfits, cheerleading outfits, very little outfits, men in skirts, women in wigs. Everything. We could tell tonight was going to be just brilliant. The first set was just out of this world amazing!! We had such a great time and the crowd were outstanding. The dance floor was packed throughout the evening. We saw some of the best dance moves ever, and boy, did this lot know how to sing! Birthday Boy Bass Player Stuart Morrell got an extra special birthday treat from someone in the crowd (see photos below!). We loved every minute of it. I have no idea how long we played for, it went so quick!!
Time for a quick break (some more Coke for Jamie) before heading back out for set 2…!
Set 2! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better… It was so, so good. I wish you all could have been there. Everyone was having a great time, no, scrap that, they were having THE BEST TIME. They were honestly one of the best crowds ever. We even joked about bringing them to every one of our gigs! Ben’s guitar solos were just immense. They blow me away each week. Lead Singer Jamie and Drummer Mike switched places for a song and Mike took lead vocals for a track. People lost their clothes. Bass player Stuart Morrell played bass like an angel. He was born to do this. ( eat bananas and run a chain of kebabies). The dance moves got crazier and crazier. They should sell this feeling, someone would make a fortune. We were hot, sweaty, sticky messes. Our hair stuck to our faces and our shirts clung to our backs. The dance floor sodden with sweat from our bodies and tears from our our laughing eyes. The atmosphere was electric. We we’re in it together. It was brilliant. *Sweaty hugs*
We absolutely LOVED performing for the Hash House Harriers! This is one of our favourite photos of the night. Same time next year yeah? We you there? Did you take any photos? Send them to us, or tag us on our Facebook. Thanks so much for choosing us as your party band! Thank you so much to Iain Belton for booking us and for your kind words “Best gig in over 35 years of hashing. Thank you! OnOn Amnesia” Love Jamie and The First Class
Additional note! Just found this wee beaut of a video from the night…