CJ Wildheart brings his Robot tour to the boat that rocks for a night of old and new.

An early start means a smaller crowd for the support acts. But, those that arrive in time witness an excellent performance by local band, Flowerpot. The half-hour set includes old tracks and new, some due to appear on the forthcoming EP scheduled for release in April.

“Broken Stiletto,” their debut single goes down well. The band is tight, on form, and obviously enjoying playing at this local iconic venue.

By the looks of the new tracks “Over-rated” and set closer, “Calling Your Bluff,” big things could be just around the corner. Look out for Flowerpot playing headline shows soon.

Flowerpot is Louisa Baker (guitar and vocals), Morgan Pearce (bass), and Ellie Daymond (drums).

The second band, VH Yes, are primary support on the tour. The indie-pop band is touring in support of their first three singles. Their debut single, “Reach,” was released at the end of December 2015. “Wrong” and “Tomorrow” were released just last month. It is likely we can expect to see and EP or LP release in their near future.

While some noted that VH Yes seemed out of place in the tour lineup between two heavier bands, their performance was still well received.

VH Yes is Christina Maynard (lead vocals and guitar), Dave Draper (guitar), Oly Edkins (bass and backing vocals), and Ben Pemberton (drums).

CJ Wildheart appears on stage in his traditional trilby hat and hits the ground running. Joining him is Chris Catalyst (guitar and vocals; also of Eureka Machines), Lee Wray (bass), and Elliot Vaughn (drums).

The tracks are much in the line of the tried and tested Wildhearts formula – heads down rock n roll.

The crowd response is good, with fans singing along. Their set list comprised mainly of songs from the new album, Robot, and the previous offering, Mable.

“Come Around” is a catchy song, while “Light It Up” is a rocking track that gets the crowd moving.

“Ctrl Alt Del” is a great track, despite the backing track which is very overpowering and unnecessary. CJ works into some conversation and thanks the small crowd for still being a noisy crowd.

“Always Believe Her,” he tells us, is about a pet hamster. They follow with “Sasquatch” – a catchy, anthemic rock number, and encourage fans to sing along.

Next is the great “F.U.B.A.R.” Typically, CJ ends their set on this track, and the band leaves the stage. However, tonight, CJ tells us they are just going to play through to great cheers from the crowd.

The “encore” consists of a couple of old Jellies songs, “Keep A Secret” and “Lemonade Girl,” which receive a great reception. The band saves the best for last with a blinding rendition of “Go Away.” The crowd is reluctant to do so, feeling the CJ Wildheart one-hour set is simply not long enough.

Photos by Donna Coombs

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