Forget about Doc, Marty and filling up the DeLorean with garbage, travelling back to the swingin' '50s is as simple as getting along to 'Wild and Swingin at this year's Fringeworld show by Bang Bang Betty and the H-Bombs. The band is made up of four superbly talented performers and musicians fronted by Perth based singer Coo Jarvis.
For an hour, the band pumps out tunes that really do one thing and that is to get your hips moving from side to side. And I'm not even that keen on dancing. The songs are so infectiously groovy. All dum-dum-dee-dum-dee-duh-duh....duh-duh...duh-duh. The whole show is a seated show, judging from the age of the audience this was probably a good idea although there were a few complaints about the lack of dancing space.
The rhythm section is a class act with the drummer changing sticks to brushes, to the "normal" sticks, to the ones with fluffy end bits every time I looked his way. The saxophone solos were truly memorable, my boy was making that thing sing, I mean it was really squawking. The guitar player was clearly passionate about the music of the era and served as our co-guide (along with singer Coo Jarvis) as we travelled through time to discover and revel in the works of singers and artists he explained to us had long since been forgotten; contemporaries of Elvis and the early gods of rock 'n' roll such as Lavern Brown, Ruth Brown and Little Esther. The band are playing again at the Sunset Verandah in Scarborough on Saturday 15 February at 8:40pm. Tickets can be purchased here.