Although I had been through to Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh the previous night to take part in Lach’s Anti-hoot, I had to go through again for the culmination of 6 weeks of Anti-hooting, The Superhoot. It is becoming a big event on the Edinburgh social calendar and quite rightly so because the standards of the act performing at it are always top notch. This one was no different and I was happy to be there to record most of it. Here are the acts, in roughly the order they performed in…
I had met Michael a few weeks previously when he was performing on the Early Evening Caberet and I enjoyed his set then and again tonight. He wasn’t too happy about being on first but he got himself together and put on a good performance. Nice one, mate.
Maria won the Anti-hoot the night before the final, which I was there to witness. I never had any battery power left to capture her performance so I was glad to get the opportunity to do it at the Superhoot. She hasn’t been playing that long compared to most of the other acts and was a bit nervous before going on.
I gave her some words of encouragement and she went up there and knocked them dead with a really genuine performance. I don’t know if what she sings about is all true but she certainly puts it across as if it were and I felt that the audience were touched by her music. As they say….one to watch.
Next up were the eventual winners, The Indos. They had brought a good support with them and they certainly got the crowd rocking with their set. They reminded me a bit of the bands, Television and Talking Heads. They played two of their own songs and a really cool cover of ‘Miss You’ by the Rolling Stones.
I had seen Paul before at Henry’s with his band The Lost Weekendzzzzz who I loved. I knew he was going to deliver a storming set and indeed he did. He really gets into his songs while performing them and you can’t help but be taken along for the ride.
I knew I recognised Pockets from somewhere but couldn’t remember where but when he told the crowd that he usually plays Ukulele, I remembered seeing him perform on The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival.
I enjoyed his set but when he dispatched with amplification for his last song, I wondered if he was more comfortable out in the street than in a venue, or maybe that was just the affect he wanted for that song. Whatever the reason, I was totally captivated by that song in particular and absolutely loved it’s sentiment.
A slight problem with the Superhoot is because it is that busy and people are drinking then sometimes the noise from the audience detracts a bit from the guys onstage. It’s not so bad if it is a band but more noticeable when it’s an acoustic performance.
I think Hunter and Hope were feeling a bit like no-one was listening at the start but they persevered and by the end of their set they had most people paying attention and really enjoying their songs. So Victory in a sense was theirs, albiet not the £200 version. 🙂
Lach came on after the break and kicked off the second half in fine style. He really rocked out on this one and got the crowd in the mood for the rocking acts to follow.
The Nex Tide
The Nex Tide were up next and I thought they were excellent. My cousin has been getting me into some decent Rap stuff recently and these guys know how to mix up rock elements with some full on hardcore rappin’ comin’ at ye.
You get a voting slip for every drink you buy and directly after their performance I told the singer that they had my vote, well one of them at least. However, I didn’t get around to it as I had to run for my train and was busy filming the rest of the time. Still, the thought was there.
The Pure Gallus
The Pure Gallus was pure original magic. He mixes a kind of lounge feel with humourous but heartfelt lyrics and performs them with a sincerity that is both charming and riveting. I love his act and I think it’s safe to say that most of the audience did too. Great stuff!
A string broke on one of the guitars near the start of The Hemulens set which seemed to throw them off a bit. They performed their songs well though and I really enjoyed their show. They actually played their first gig at the Anti-hoot which they won and led to their appearance at the Superhoot.
If you are wondering where the name comes from here is what it says on their facebook page “Hemulens feature frequently in the Swedish-Finnish Moomin book series and subsequent animations. Characterised as overwhelming, Hemulens can be loud, abrasive and insensitive, but are well intentioned and typically have redeeming qualities”. So now you know. 🙂
Elyssa Vulpes and The Betes Noir
Again, I saw Elyssa Vulpes perform the night before the Superhoot and as soon as they finished their first song, you knew they would be qualifying for the final. They put in another great performance at the Superhoot, reminding me of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and they even had a storyline for their songs.
I unfortunately had to leave to catch my train at this point and so missed comedian Jonathan’s performance. He was the only spoken word artist on that evening so congratulations to him for qualifying.
Greame Mearns was the last act on but I was getting on the train by that point. I have seen him a few times before though and I’m sure he put on another fine show.
Henry’s Cellar Bar Information
Here is a small clip of Lach talking about the general scene of Henry’s Cellar Bar.
Billys Round Up
Here I am giving a quick round up of the evening as I walked to the train station.
Congratulations to The Indos for winning the prize and more importantly being inducted into Henry’s Superhoot Hall of Fame. The new season of Anti-Hoot’s has kicked off again, so get yourself to Henry’s on a Monday night to either watch or enter. It’s a fun night either way. Maybe see you there.