Judge: Carlotta? Really? This is your back up judge?
Musicianship / Skill - 3/5
Keys - held down very well.
Bass - solid. Very good in song 2.
Drums - needs to work on fills, some missing hits!
Flute - technically good.
Trumpet - playing well, nice solo.
Synth - nice ????, basic but good for songs. Solos a bit all over the place.
Guitar - holds it down well but poor solo.
Professionalism - 3.5/5
Quite tight for this genre bar the drums. This needs to be tighter. Fluffed ending of set. Fucking buzz!
Songwriting - 2.5/5
Song 1 - Chico? First riff v. groovy. Stops tight. Bit monotonous. Third section really nice. Swapping between trumpet is really nice.
Song 2 - James Brownesque. Very good with hits, suffers with monotony. Chorus a bit weak. Third section is a nice touch after break.
Song 3 - 7/4 to 4/4! Best intro, very interesting as a song. Break down bit poor with fluffed bass notes. Most complete track!
Creativity - 3/5
Jazzy, funky stuff. No air of Ron Burgundy with the flute... Gets a bit muddled up and reverts to jams. This is ultimately not pushing out any boats but was enjoyable nonetheless.
Stage Presence / Entertainment Value - 4/5
Drummer, flute and trumpet loving it. Guitarist looks bored. Bass bobs about in the background.
Overall - 16/25
A collection of very competent musicians trying to play a very difficult genre. To their credit they have many great sections but lack cohesion to form proper songs. Some solos are also just a series of random notes with zero phrasing. Please keep at it though because the potential is there! P.S. I enjoyed this a lot more than my scores / comments suggest.
Judge: The guy doesn’t know a guitar from a drain pipe. (Carlotta...)
Vox – sings wonderfully, some minor tuning issues but so soulfully delivered the majority of the time. Strained as we went on.
Piano – beautifully played for the most part. Some fluffs that don’t detract too much from the whole performance.
Banter excellent. Generally very well played but completely unphased by any errors.
Song 1: Quite motional and moving if a bit 90’s American college at times. Abrupt end.
Song 2: Bit more ‘ballady’ at times. It’s not as memorable as your first.
Song 3: Mildly more upbeat, with the most memorable chorus of the lot. I feel that a lot of your set begins to sound a little similar – you need more distinctive songs and maybe a band…
James Blunt comes to mind. A lot. Piano ballads, which though played well don’t offer much in the way of novelty. Enjoyable enough though.
Stage presence/Entertainment value: 4/5
Such a strong performer that even when sitting down, he is captivating whole audience. Hilarious joke. I will visit this company.
You. Need. A. Band.
You’ve got bags of talent and it’s been a pleasure to watch you play over the years. I think a backing band playing your stuff would be huge. A little more song diversity too…
Judge: A chat bot would be a better bet (Carlotta)
Musicianship / Skill - 5/5
Guitar - great tone. Riffs are played with precision with great sustain on chords. In the latter part of the set the riffs get super tasty!
Drums - punishing and on point. Masterclass this is I'm sorry! Bass pedal is so well used! Those thuds - single pedal?
Professionalism - 3/5
Yes. Start is perfect. I am in Duloc, such a perfect town. Here we have some rules let us lay them down. Mosh pit too so that's good. Being a bit silly but it's good fun.
Songwriting - 3/5
Song 1 - builds really nicely actually. Meaty and disco any at times. Drums really build this up excellently! Each section is genuinely adding something different. Moves along really well and I'm having fun! Fuck it's gotten. Kinda drags.
Creativity - 2.5/5
Well. This is where I fall short... I've heard this kinda stuff a lot at bandsoc / rocksoc events with vocals behind it and less so as just a drums / bass duo. All the standard drum stops and half time sections are there yet it's fun!
Stage Presence / Entertainment Value - 3/5
Drummer is so in to it. Guitarist for me needs to do more. You're like the gingerbread man without his gumdrop buttons. At the moment you are far far away. Lots of head banging so audience enjoyed it.
Overall - 16.5/25
Well, well, well. There were many layers to this performance, though unlike an onion, this was sweet.
Judge: Or like Omegle or something…(Carlotta)
Artist: The Instinct
Drums: Best part of the band (this 1 point is yours), but still sloppy at times…
Guitars: One is playing out of tune...red guitar picking poor.
Black guitar: solo better than red guitar – but still poor.
Vox: Weak. The screams from red guitar are unpleasant (not in tune). Growls better…
Bass: (????) – competent otherwise. Take that back, after the break down in 3rd song – exposes bass, all over the place.
Feedback a lot. Sloppy. Laughing to themselves on stage.
Poorly rehearsed I am afraid.
Song 1: Poor start. Weak…annoying verse. Guitar solo uninspiring. Quiet sections ice touch but don’t save this song.
Song 2: Slow to (??). Just noise for chorus – cannot distinguish. Transition in middle all over the place.
Not much new here. 80’ rock/pop through and through but without the catchy songs or great vocals. Some effort with heavier sections in first track to be commended.
Stage presence/Entertainment value: 2/5
Terrible banter. Bit awkward.
Guitar (black) stationary compared to the rest. Band (particularly voc/bass) looks nervous between songs.
Oh dear. I’m sorry, this needs work. Songs are hard to properly judge as they are played so poorly. You need to sort your tuning ( a frequent issue you guys have) and go back to working on your tunes. Vocals need sorting…
Artist: Naga Sadhu
Guitar: good string bend, tekkers. Moves to heaver/choppy section really well. No mistakes that I can tell – feedback attacks.
Drums: Pleasure as usual. Slow sludgy and groovy. He has an obsession with being in bands with only drums & guitar…
Sounds brilliant out front. Nice quiet tuning between songs. Loving the use of Attenborough core…
Nervy at times which detracts from a well played set.
Song 1: Sludge riff went on for 4 mins. Changes to more choppy. Back to main riff.
Song 2: A lot more groovy and a welcome change. It suffers from the same ailment as the first – not going anywhere. Doom? Then it gets a lot more choppy! It’s all played really well but there is no hook that makes me want more.
Sludge. Slow and heavy. Nice elements of doom to punish my face hole. Again, their aim is not to really break genre barriers but a change up would be nice.
Stage presence/Entertainment value: 3/5
Drums going wild in the back – great to watch. Good use of Attenborough for song transition.
Guitarist is very focused but ‘bops’ nicely.
Very well played with moments of something wanting to happen but sadly it doesn’t. I’d say keep at it, but the guitarist is going back to Scarborough…
Artist: Musing Blue
Vox: Better than usual – minor moments of difficulty with tuning
Bass: Tone a bit chunky…but holds down well. Duff note on crucial moment of 2nd song.
Drums: Lovely and holding down – decent solo, but random – bit more structure needed.
Guitars: Slide played very well.
Sax: JOIN MY BAND PLS. Oh wait..
The difference between these guys and everyone else is evident in the first bar. So tight – stops are bang on. Bang on time wise.
Song 1: ZZ Top/deep south blues vibes. Great feel and had me nodding along all the way. Nice build mid-song.
Song 2: Lovely feels. Slow blues. Tasty solo. Really well written this is!
Song 3: A lot more blues/funk.
Bit sudden (??), Not enjoying this as much.
Bass is really standing out here. Guitar/sax battle a bit meh to listen to.
The generic city police called, they want their generic-ness back.
All the songs are different styles of blues songs, and only the third song makes any attempt to change it up with some jazz chords.
Stage presence/Entertainment value: 4/5
“We’re going to slow it down…” is another generic gimmick. BUT – it’s very fun and you & crowd love it. You’ve got people dancing! Keep having fun as I did too…
Easily best of night. I’ve been harsh because you’re all good but some issues end up being compounded because of this genre.
1st: Musing Blue
5th: Naga Sadhu
6th: The Instinct