To celebrate The Full Moon’s Shakedown Promotions first birthday sponsored by Peaceful Hooligan, they welcome Fool’s Paradise to headline along with the 100 degree temperature that effected everyone! Unfortunately Section 60 didn’t complete the line up but last minute, Adam French came to the rescue of keeping it a 1st birthday too remember. The Clique and Carnation concluded the line up.
Kicking the evening off Carnation perform in their eccentric ways. Developing deeper into the set we see the 60s pop rock seep through melodies and lyrics. Lyrics which are powerful and have been keenly observed with elegance; Rebels Tale is the key track that stands out for intelligent lyrics. The tempo of Carnation is consistently up and down, it keeps the momentum up for the crowd. Carnation intends to get back on stride, get out of Stoke and perform more.
After being in London last weekend, Adam French kindly stepped in to place when Section 60 didn’t turn up. I love the perkiness of Adam’s music, especially Back Where I Belong. Adam conveys emotion through his intense acoustic performance as well as through the thoughtful lyrics. The track everyone hears about 5 times a day maybe more on mainstream radio, French topped it off. Get Lucky by 80s synth pop band Daft Punk. Mistakes were made but for standing in last minute, Adam achieved the night’s purpose of entertaining. Watch out for Shiver the music video.
The Clique had been rearing to go for this gig for a while. They’d planned a surprise for Shakedowns first birthday. It was RIP Rhythm is a Dancer and welcome, Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams mashed with White Stripes – Seven Nation Army mash up. 80s synth dance rock vs garage blues rock. Weird yet wonderful. The Full Moon may have got a little empty but nevertheless they carried on in their dirty indie dance way. New single Wanderer, really does show the talent in each member. This night in particular I came to a result that Gary Clay, front man, has excellent stage presence and for me, personally one of the greatest vocals in Stoke! With an edgy gritty and textured vocal it adds that indie element of The Clique. Be a part of The Clique and join them at The Strypes gig 10th July at Sugarmill.
Headline of the night was mod band Fools Paradise. It was the last gig for fellow member Matty White – who will be missed as lead guitarist by the band and fans. Kicking off with Blow Them All Away, Rob’s guitar string snapped, this didn’t stop him from doing what I personally thought was the best I’d seen fools in a long time! The stage presence, personality, music and overall experience of being in the audience were quality.
The capacity of the Full Moon loved the set; even the staff and bouncers. There were arms in the arm for No Such Thing as Paradise and The Twist made an appearance throughout Get It On. There’s a 60s vibe created in the atmosphere which soaks into people heads, minds and personality. Jump in to the time travel machine and let Fools Paradise take you back to the 60s.