Being ‘so far ‘South did feel a little foreign. After almost a decade in London I can say I’ve lived roughly in all the corners of town; South West, North West, East, North, Essex (aka ‘Super East’) and back in town – East again. Noticing a trend there? Since moving out of SW I have not spent much time south of the river at all.
|Not quite Narnia…|
|In full swing|
The line-up was short of a second guitar on this occasion, but still included an impressive brass section complete with trumpet, trombone and saxophones. Their upbeat ska/pop/punk sound was infectious. The trumpet actually reminded me of a brass section trend among SA rock bands in the late 90’s I loved back in the day, namely the ‘Springbok Nude Girls’ and ‘Dorp’ – in case anyone remembers them.
Operation Offbeat’s sound, however, was large – enough to fill any empty space with big beats and big brass. The levels unfortunately weren’t the best. There was a touch of distortion on vocals and the single guitar got a little lost behind the wall of bass, drums and saxophone. This did nothing to dampen the impact of their sound at all as it blasted at us with enough energy to get everyone’s feet tapping and heads’ bobbing (at the very least). The urge to skank alone was rather strong.
The punchy set was over too quickly. The vibe in the room seemed to intensify with each song and the small crowd that was present all seemed uplifted by the show. I kept smiling throughout as I heard the likes of some of my favourites, and their influences – The Specials, Rancid and Madness – trickling through. Described by another as ‘Skapunkalicious’ – I could not have said it better myself.
Promo is available for streaming and downloading on Bandcamp: https://operationoffbeat.bandcamp.com/releases
Their tunes are also there for the enjoying on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/operationoffbeat
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