DEADLY LONG LEGS, LIVE @ THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM
A RETRO REVIEW BY THOMAS “T-BIRD” JONES
“THE GREATEST BAND YOU NEVER SAW”
One Friday night in October a few years ago, Birmingham was lit up by the raw garage sounds of three young punks that headlined a night that myself and a couple of buddies, Ben and Jim Drummond put on at The Sunflower Lounge.. .Deadly Long Legs literally blew everybody away that fateful night with an explosive set of garage rock that stripped the paint off the walls.
Having told them that they were headling after my band Swampmeat had played they hesitantly agreed and went about their business in soundcheck to an empty room thus prolonging the surprise.
Out they came with Sam, lead singer and guitarist sporting an El Santos wrestling mask and with a confidence that commanded the attention of everyone in the tightly packed, sweaty room..Half an hour later it was safe to say that everybody was in raptures with encore after encore being demanded.
Their musical influences stretch back to the 60’s garage rock, psych bands and early U.S. Punk but dont be fooled into thinking they were gonna take you on a trip back there..these were all their own songs learned on instruments that they were still using at the gigs.
The love all three of them had for their music was infectious and you couldn’t help be pulled into the atmosphere and be dancing like crazy within minutes of the first note being strummed. An album was recorded in late 2008 with one of the members not being able to bunk off school to record.. so rather than give up, in true Deadly’s style they drafted in a friend and taught him the chords on the day before the record button was pressed.
Unfortunately weeks after this, their pal sadly took his life and the tracks he played on stand as a testament to their friendship. A few gigs around the country followed and interest was sparked with many people in the music game but they kept it all d.i.y. and to their credit carried on as they were….and then they were gone…
The band split and went their seperate ways and it was all our loss. I can say to this day i still feel so proud that we put their first gig on in Birmingham and its still being talked about now. God Bless you Deadly Long Legs, from day one you did it all for the right reason. No looking for the pot of gold or the musical fortune just a love of what they did.. hey, what more do you need?
THANKS T-BIRD. DEADLY LONG LEGS WERE A BAND BELOVED BY VELVET SHEEP AND ON T-BIRD’S SUGGESTION WE LATER PUT THEM ON AT A VELVET SHEEP NIGHT IN WHITECHAPEL ON A BILL INCLUDING TAP COLLECTIVE WITH BEN SWANK (SOLEDAD BROTHERS). DLL MAYBE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.