El Goodo – Del Shannon plays the Tremeloes while The Beach Boys and The Beatles look on

Ross McGibbon June 13, 2018 0
El Goodo –  Del Shannon plays the Tremeloes while The Beach Boys and The Beatles look on

Live at Oporto, Leeds    12th June 2018

I suspect the member of El Goodo meet up weekly at their hideout in the Welsh Valleys and set themselves challenges:

“What if Del Shannon sang a Tremeloes song?”

“What if the Beach Boys tried to write an ELO song?”

And so on…

Tonight in Oporto, they regale us with a set mostly drawn from last September’s album and their deep knowledge and love for the sixties is ever-present. It’s not a pastiche or altered covers – these songs sound like they were just written in a parallel universe where the sixties never ended. Not obviously a live band, the front line of three guitars spend a lot of time looking down at the frets, focussing on the detailed arrangements and I suspect at least one of the band would rather be in a studio. Despite this, the set is technically impressive and the extended solos and jamming sections towards the end are impressive.

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The sole member who is able to talk is hardly chatty but has a lovely voice in the higher registers and leads some solid harmony work. The bassist is solid and groovy and there are keys and drums too, making six members on a tiny stage. They open on an anti-war song – so far, so sixties. Susan Bill sounds like a sweet early seventies Beach Boys ballad, others recalls The Shondells, while Lay It On My Honey could be a Help!-era Beatles rock and roll track. I Hadn’t Seen It Coming has shades of The Hollies and the whole is a delight for those playing spot-the-influence.

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This was a very retro set, just as expected and full of sounds from the early sixties Beat Explosion. No-one was surprised but I don’t think anyone was disappointed with the quality of songs and performance.

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