The only reason I came to this show was to see the support band - Grey Ghost, featuring a friend of mine Matik. Grey Ghost is the new solo project by The Melodics’ front man Jeremedy and tonight was their debut live show. Aside from Jeremedy missing a cue at the start of one song, there were no other signs of teething problems. Jeremedy’s energetic performance was hard to confine during the set and would have been a lot more fluid on a bigger stage. The set closer, complete with guest drummers, is sure to be a hit if they manage to get picked up by any of the festivals over summer. Unfortunately a week has passed since the show so I’m unable to give the titles of any of the songs from the show apart from lead single Space Ambassador - an obvious highlight. After a bit of JJJ airplay already and an upcoming support slot for 360’s tour, Grey Ghost is sure to be someone you’ll be hearing more from soon.
After 20 minutes of Jackson Jackson’s set I was ready to leave. Had I not had a comfortable leaning post near the front of the stage I have no doubt I would have. 40 minutes in I was still counting down the minutes until I was free - I couldn’t find any connection to the music, finding it disorganised and generally unappealing. As I stood there thinking what it was about these guys that almost convinced me to go to a show in 2007 they refreshed my memory with Eliza - probably their most popular song from that time. I was still unimpressed, but at least the familiarity of hearing a song I knew was something to cling onto. From that point though, either something clicked within me or the band started playing some more accessible songs - I’m not sure which. Whichever was the case though, the show was thoroughly enjoyable from then on.
Whilst I probably won’t go back to see them again I would encourage fans to definitely check them out. New song Dave was one of the most fun on the night, closely followed by Down To The River and The Devil In Me. One thing that Jackson Jackson can definitely hang their hat on is that I think they’re the only band in history to cover John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air in the same set as playing an instrumental tribute to Super Mario Bros. (I also suspect that they played snippets of Tool and Rage Against The Machine during some guitar/keytar solos, but I may have been imagining that…)
Grey Ghost - 8/10
Jackson Jackson - 6/10