LIVE: Jack Rabbit Slim at Rubber Room

29/03/2010

Alison Emm went to see Jack Rabbit Slim do their thing at The Rubber Room


Jack Rabbit Slim - The UK's number one Rockabilly band apparently
Jack Rabbit Slim - The UK's number one Rockabilly band

Nottingham has been keeping a secret from it’s populous for nearly five years now, but not very well thankfully. The Rubber Room is the monthly night that brings all the people that know how to dance, dress and comb their hair properly together for a night of rock and roll how it was meant to be played; dirty and downright dance floor friendly.

You can see why parents were scared back in the fifties and sixties, with music that you can dance to any which way you like and that just seems to inspire you to move your hips in a salacious fashion, you know there’s going to be trouble. The general look of the evening was restyled fifties: pin up queens, quiffs, country style shirts, tattoos, sweetheart necklines, full skirts, turn ups, high heels, turned up collars and retro up dos. Think Cry Baby meets Grease (and if you’ve not seen either, shame on you).

With some of the coolest retro flyers in Nottingham, The Rubber Room is regularly graced by bands.  This isn’t, however, a night where the punters just stand and stare at the stage in awe/boredom/hero worship/mild interest* (delete as applicable). No, there was swinging, swaying, shaking and moving going on and it was clear to see that Jack Rabbit Slim were loving what they were doing as much as we were loving what they were doing. A four piece from Cambridge, these guys know rock and roll and have the quiffs to prove it. With a double bass throbbing through you on every song, there was no way you couldn’t feel alive and awake even if you had just finished up a week of hell at work.

This was Jack Rabbit Slim’s second appearance at The Rubber Room in a year; they were obviously keen to come back to the Nottingham and give a repeat performance after having shot some of their promo video footage at the last gig here. Playing a mix of covers, old material and new album tracks, they played two sets in the night and no-one seemed to be tiring of them. A rockabilly band, they’ve taken influence from old and new and seemed to be the missing link between Josh Homme and Elvis.

The Maze was made for nights like TheRubber Room just as feet were made for stomping and hands were made for clapping. 

Jack Rabbit Slim played the Rubber Room night at The Maze on Friday 26 March 2010.

 

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