Los Endos live at The Seaxe, Brentwood, Essex - Saturday 29th September 2007. Review by Alan Hewitt.
Yet another Saturday night, yet another Genesis tribute band! Los Endos had finally got out of the garage a couple of months ago and this was only their third gig together as a band; also only their second gig with a new lead singer!
OK, so I freely admit I gave the band some good-natured ribbing in the past over their inability to find a stable lineup, but here I was, ready to be served some serious helpings of humble pie! Our very own Stuart Barnes is the band's sound engineer and I ensconsed myself out of harm's way as he and the guys went about that 'mystery' that is set up and soundcheck. This took slightly longer than expected and the band were slightly late taking to the stage. Nevertheless, as soon as the doors opened, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the room was soon full of eager people waiting to be entertained - so was I for that matter, and I gladly paid for the privilege too!
The band opened with Watcher Of The Skies which was spoiled by a variety of technical problems. This was very much the scenario throughout the band's first set which included The Lamb.., In The Cage, Entangled, Blood On The Rooftops, all of which were delivered capably, but sadly suffered from one technical issue or another. It has to be said however, that the band showed professionalism throughout all of this and did not let it get the better of them.
After a short interval, the band took the stage again, bravely opening with The Battle Of Epping Forest, a brave choice given the sheer amount of stuff that goes on during this one! It was as if a different band were on stage. The gremlins which had dogged the first half of the show were gone and the individual players began to really shine. Dennis Stewart, the band's singer doesn't look or sound like Peter Gabriel - so what?! He has a great voice and a unique line in self-deprecating patter and he soon established a rapport with the audience.
I Know What I Like and Firth Of Fifth gave guitarist Gary Lucas and keyboardsman Alan Pearson a chance to really stretch their legs (and fingers) and I was amazed to hear after the show that this was Alan's third public performance - ever! He came across as totally professional and I was definately impressed.
An impromptu rendition of Horizons by Gary came ever so slightly unglued but even Mr Hackett himself has trouble with his baby once in a while so I wasn't unduly concerned. Performances of Afterglow, Supper's Ready, Dance On A Volcano, Los Endos and Turn It On Again rounded out the rest of the show with the band's own 'theme tune' giving the rhythm section of Martin Clarke on bass and John Alexander O'Neill on drums a chance to raise the roof for the appreciative corwd.
Then it was all over bar the packing away. The crowd certainly enjoyed themselves and deservedly so. This was a band that have only just got themselves off the ground, but in terms of sheer guts, determination and professionalism, they are already stars in my book and I look forward to many more performances by them too - well done guys!