Copperhouse Inn, Hayle
Review by Kathryn Bartlett
EVEN NINE brought so much contagious festive cheer along to their Christmas gig at the Copperhouse Inn, Hayle, even Scrooge himself, had he been there, would have been unable to resist joining in the celebrations.
Playing to an audience that was packed to the rafters, Even Nine's infectious, tangible enthusiasm and captivating high-energy showmanship had people taking to the dancefloor from the off.
An eclectic punchy set was well-delivered by the by the solid three piece of Jody Martin (lead vocals and bass guitar), Rick Martin (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Brett Stepto (drums and backing vocals); ranging from a heady mix of quality covers of popular mainstream hits and age-old classics, from artists such as Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Midnight Oil and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen to seasonal favourites given their own spin, such as classic tale of a broken heart, Wham's Last Christmas, and Shakin' Stevens' Merry Christmas Everyone which had everyone singing and boogying away.
Not ones to shy away from their own original material - the audience were also treated to a few of the band's well-crafted well-loved tracks from their extensive back catalogue, such as Over, and a sprinkling of new numbers, including the fabulous Electricity and pumping Bon Jovi/Feeder-esque Brakes from their hotly anticipated new album The Lights Are Too Bright To See, due out in February.
A brief guest spot from Area 51's Gareth Bartlett met well with the assembled masses before the E9 trio resumed commanding the floor. Whether romping-stomping familiar favourites or exciting fresh newly-penned tunes, each enjoyable track went down a storm, and left the audience thirsty for more.
A climactic end to an impressive two-hour set had all, indeed, Dancing In The Dark - and Even Nine giving it their all in rousing final song, Mr Brightside, brought the roof down.
A great gig from a band you would pay good money to see.