Wheatus play their tight five at Bristol’s Thekla

PUBLISHED: 11:45 17 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:57 17 May 2019

Wheatus frontman Brendan B. Brown.             Picture: Sarah  Smith

Wheatus frontman Brendan B. Brown. Picture: Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Wheatus frontman Brendan B. Brown quipped he was working on his tight five, while bantering with the crowd during their wonderfully anarchic gig aboard the good ship Thekla on Monday night, but I have to disagree, I think the Long Island-based band have already nailed it, and then some.

Frank Hamilton.             Picture: Sarah SmithFrank Hamilton. Picture: Sarah Smith

The evening started with support from Wheatus backing singer, Gabrielle Sterbenz, who took centre stage with her band Lady Danger which also features fellow Wheatus member Joey Slater on lead guitar.

Her mellow, yet heartfelt indie stylings, and incredibly powerful voice, was a great start to proceedings and provided a great counterpoint to Wheatus' slacker rock free-for-all later in the evening.

Next up was Frank Hamilton, the singer songwriter from Huntingdon, who was an absolute delight.

Armed only with a stomp box, and an acoustic guitar he wowed the crowd with his idiosyncratic style and personal tales of his inspirations while embarking on his song-a -week project, which saw him release a new song every week, for a year. An endeavour which eventually lead to him working with Ed Sheeran and Newton Falkner.

Highlights included You, Your Cat And Me, Flaws And Ceilings, and What If, in a set that was equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking (but in a good way).

Hamilton promised he would be back aboard in six months and if you get the chance, check him out, as he is bound to be one to say 'I saw him when' in a few years time.

Wheatus then bounded onto the stage for an anarchic set, free from the confines of a stuffy old set list.

Playing tracks from across their six studio albums, Frontman Brendan B. Brown delighted in talking to the crowd, cracking jokes and working on his routine. But like the best comedians, Wheatus are adapt at looking like they are winging it, yet still managed to pack in all their best tracks including Lemonade - which Brown said he had wanted as the lead single for their second album, Hand Over Your Loved Ones, later released as Suck Fony, but Sony said no because they hated it. It's since surpassed one-million plays on Spotify, I guess that's vindication.

The crowd also asked the band play American In Amsterdam, Fourteen, Sunshine, Truffles and A Little Respect or 'that other hit from the first album' as Brown called it, the one the label decided to throw them under the bus over..

Throughout Brown joked with the crowd, taking requests, and putting down the occasional heckler.

At one point he even jumped off stage to dance with the crowd, before closing out the show with Teenage Dirtbag.

Wheatus has promised they will return next year for Dirtbag's 20th birthday complete with an extended 20 song release of their debut album, 'after that we might **** it off', they joked.

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