Live Review: Big D and the Kids Table – The Underworld, Camden, London, August 13th 2010

Ska heavyweights Big D and the Kids Table hit up The Underworld, with some of the UK’s top talent in the form of Mouthwash and Dirty Revolution for an unforgettable night of skanking and stage invasions!

It’s a stellar performance all-round from the vibrant ska/punk/reggae amalgamation of Dirty Revolution. Captivating front woman Reb Elle confidently belts out her powerful vocals with ease, complimenting the laid-back leads of guitarist Stu White during Failure To Communicate, while other tunes such as the witty ditty 50p and up-tempo favourite I Love Reggae also prove to be a smash.

Up next is London’s own Mouthwash as their deliver their excitingly fresh synth-tinged ska, attracting a respectably loyal following with those up at the front singing and bopping along word-for-word to the likes of That Girl and No Fear, even ending with a stage invasion and leaving everyone hyped for tonight’s headliners.

Upon the revelation that Big D and the Kids Table‘s forthcoming new record is going to be a lot more ska-punk heavy, their current live performance most definitely reflects the departure of their recent bluesy, big-band sound that Fluent In Stroll introduced. In fact, only two songs from the aforementioned record are performed, Describing The Sky and Not Fucking Around, meaning there is no need for any ‘doped-up dollies’ performing backing vocals tonight – as we saw in January supporting Reel Big Fish – which is a bit of a shame.

However, for any old-school fans, this set is the epitome of perfection, as they delve heavily into their back catalogue, opening with the raucous Check List from The Gipsy Hill EP. Powering through about 18-songs, including a few comical anecdotes in-between from frontman Dave McWane – there’s something for everyone – but it’s Strictly Rude’s dub-heavy Shining On that particularly appears to be a crowd favourite.

The sweat inducing encore of Strictly Rude, their cover of The Specials’ Little Bitch and Noise Complaint – the latter resulting in the night’s second stage invasion – isn’t enough for Camden tonight, as the fivesome leave the stage upon the 500-capacity chanting in unison ‘LAX! LAX! LAX!’ and despite actually running out of time, the band return to fulfil everyone’s demands; a spectacularly fun evening.

Faye Turnbull.

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