Support comes from Brighton/Worthing trio Yew 3ree, who play a blend of what can only be described as “Electronica-Folk-Hop”. The trio are made up of The Remarkable One on vocals, Kathy Porter on vocals and flute with the beats provided by The Jezter. They’ve released their debut album “M.O.T.H.E.R.S.H.I.P.” and it’s filled with lyrics about nature, consciousness and wisdom, but with an eye firmly fixed on getting people the crowd involved and dancing. Giving us a folky twist on Hip Hop in a similar vein to Dizraeli And The Small Gods, it’s a good set from a great band.
The headliners today are Wille And The Bandits (note the spelling of “Wille” which is often misspelt with another “i”). They play an eclectic blend of Rock, Folk and anything else that takes their fancy, using Djembe and other percussive instruments, lap steel guitar and double bass. They’ve got a new album “Grow” to promote and it contains elements of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Santana. They even play a version of Santana’s “Gypsy Woman” as part of their energetic set.
They have a great mastery of their instruments, Matthew Brooks playing a six-string bass is particularly impressive, laying down some heavyweight basslines with a nimble dexterity. Wille Edwards is a good front man and musician. He plays different guitars during the set but mainly focuses on the lap steel guitar, wringing some incredible sounds out of his instrument to accompany his raspy vocals. They have a good underground following and a big section of the crowd here at the Komedia seem to know their songs, which range from good old fashioned foot stompers to the social commentary of “Still Go Marching In”.
Apparently the play over 200 shows a year, so they’re dedicated to getting out on the road and bringing their music to the masses. Check them out if they touch down near you.