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Edition No. 98

Date:- 10 May 2003

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Good Reef!
Report by Natasha Piscitelli & Photographs 
by Patrick Trollope.

WEST Country rockers Reef once again proved themselves to be the funked up kings of British rock at the Liverpool Lomax on Bank Holiday Monday.

The boys stormed onto the stage to the cheers of the eager audience of students, musos, punk wannabies and old skool rockers and delivered a dazzling adrenaline fuelled performance.

The Lomax was packed and when Reef charged straight in with their last single ‘Good Feeling’, the crowd couldn’t help but erupt into a frenzy buzzing off the group’s supreme confidence. Their first ever single ‘Set the Record Straight’ was delivered with oozing energy and an avid lust for life while later on their hit ‘Superhero’ soared high across the crowd, reeling everybody in with its exhilarating guitar riffs and catchy hook line.

Their biggest hit, the energy-pumped ‘Place Your Hands’ was blatantly the gig’s highpoint and a true crowd pleaser, charging over the audience in a fury of caustic vocals and spangled guitar riffs. The eager crowd couldn’t help but jump up and down wildly flailing their hands in the air and singing along with the famous lyrics at the tops of their voices.

Revved up vocalist, Gary Stringer proved himself to be hit with the ladies, bouncing wildly around the stage like a cat on heat. While the chilled out bassist, Jack Bessant, looking as though he’d been marooned on a desert island, thumped out deep baselines from behind a wild fury of hair. New drummer, Nathan, played a blinder considering he’s been with the band for just two months and impressed the crowd with his magnificent drum solo. 

They encored with three tunes and finished with the song that made them famous, Naked, before Stringer bounced from the stage dangling a set of house keys, no doubt thrown onto the stage by a sexed up fan.

Reef are fresh, loose limbed and happy to be here. With four classic albums of sawn off pop and super crazy rock already under their belts and a wealth of hit singles, it’s with clear satisfaction that these boys are here to stay.

The lads are on a mission and are undisputedly one of the most exciting riffed up bands in rock and roll history. The gig was originally scheduled for Tuesday March 25; however an amalgamation of illness and departing drummers caused the boys to put the gig off until now. If they hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have had the chance to see them deliver this almost perfect performance. The night was an unexpected treat for me and my appetite has not just been wetted it has been soaked.

Their latest album ‘Together – The Best of Reef’ is available in music shops now and their new single, the aptly titled ‘Waster’ is out in June.

Preformed music; Good feeling, I would have left you, Come back brighter, Lucky number, Place your hands, Set the record straight, Talk to me, War pig, Saturday, Stone lately, Summers in bloom, Where you are, Late stomping, Yer old, End, Give me your love, Waster and Naked.


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