Fran Hardcastle writes about PB Underground ahead of their gig at Pizza Express Dean Street this weekend…
It’s not often you go to a gig and come out thinking that the support band were ‘almost better’ than the headline act. Such was the opinion of a couple of overheard audience members at the bar at Tower of Power at KOKO last night. A sacrilegious comment for a die hard TOP fan perhaps. TOP are most certainly at the top of their game, but support band, PB Underground deserve such comparison.
Run by northern drummer, Pete Ray Biggin, who co-composes all of their original earworms, PB Underground is a collective of some of the absolute best session/pop/soul and jazz musicians in the country. Last night’s line-up included bassist Ben Epstein (Duffy), the phenomenal percussionist and vocalist Daniel Pearce (Dizzy Rascal), Sean Freeman (Level 42) on tenor sax, Brendan Reilly (Basement Jaxx) alongside Patrick Alan (The Drifters) on lead vocals and Soul Family favourite Ben Jones on guitar, to name a few. The result is near perfect timing, precision, energy and soloing that blows you out of the water. The band seem to be a bit of an industry secret at the moment, but this should soon change. With festivals like Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul and Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show leading packed regular club nights in the North of England, a funk revival is happening and this band should be king.
PB Underground are at Pizza Express Dean Street, Saturday 31st March.