Oddfellows Casino launch party

I went to the launch party for Oddfellows Casino’s new CD. They presented the new material as soundtrack to a Spanish 1970s surrealist horror movie called the Telephone Booth. It was strangely effective, and haunting in a melodic prog way.

Pete Fijalkowski and Terry Bickers warmed up, and although there was just the two of them this time and the texture was a bit more minimal, I think their songs have come quite a long way since last time I saw them. Terry’s guitar is very beautiful and shimmering.

As I unexpectedly had a spare ticket, I invited a gentleman in his 70s called Jimmy, who was talking a walk down memory lane in Brighton and asked me for directions on St James Street. He left Brighton in 1976 and wanted to tell me all about his time here, and asked me to join him for a drink. He was nice company, and I though he might enjoy a random near-life experience, as he was going to a funeral in Sissinghurst the following day. He used to work as a talent scout for EMI, and paid close attention to the gig.

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