Review of Bombskare at Mad Hatters (Hootananny), Inverness on the 20th of January 2012

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For Bombskare it was the first gig of the year for highly acclaimed SKA band and winners of the best punk recording from SNMA last year (still trying to figure that out).

A slight delay to starting due to weather difficulties did not dampen the spirits of the busiest crowd we had seen in Mad Hatters for some time. A more than receptive crowd with plenty of appreciation and skanking (on and off the stage) throughout the set.

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The 9 piece band (hope we didn’t miss one lol) squeezed on to the stage, although there was no effect on the energy of the band, indeed it anything it made it feel more concentrated, more vital and more fun. Following a brief, but very well received, sound-check , Andy declared “Let the shenanigans begin!”.

And they did.

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A 90 minute full on set saw glimpses of material from their new album whilst also interjecting covers ranging from ‘Inspector Gadget’ to ‘Walk like an Egyptian’. Retaining the fun but never compromising kudos.

Indeed, this highlighted the skill of the band in combining a professionalism, a general tightness in the band with a real sense of the set being an organic, evolving and creative experience. In summary: fun.

The banter from the band was incessant, especially during the occasional pauses between the songs.”Did I tell you about the trumpet player?” Andy playfully questioned, although teasing with the response “There is a list of things I could tell you about the trumpet player”.

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The gig as a whole was knackering with a combination of dancing (or at least knowing nods), smiling and applauding, a great mix.

The last word really needs to go to the band who posted on their facebook page, the morning after the gig; “What a thumping way to kick off the year – we love you Inverness!”

Written by Chris Lemon

Photos by Frank Finlayson

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs