The Northern Coal Funk Express steamed into the Phoenix Exeter to deliver a Friday night party that will long live in the Devon memory bank. The venue was virtually sold out, a tremendous achievement considering Smoove & Turrell have never played Exeter with a live band before.
It was the job of support band K-Lanta from Plymouth to warm the crowd up and a fine job they did too. The Smoove & Turrell set opened with a favourite from the Broken Toys album Have Love. Moving along the party vibe slows down a knotch as the serene ‘Deckham Love Song’ showcases John Turrell’s passionate and smooth vocals. The lyrics to this one tells the story of his formative years in Deckham. By the time ‘Slow Down’ reached its turn on the set list the audience wanted to do anything but. At this point it was all about keeping the tempo high and flying.
Songs featured in the set from the forthcoming album Mount Pleasant went down a storm. John Turrell revealed that a band favourite off the LP is ‘Mr Hyde’. It’s hard to disagree with that view as the song powers along with Smoove’s distinctive percussion creating an intense energy and rhythm that is totally infectious.
There was special mention also for keyboard player Mike Porter whose contribution to the band cannot go unnoticed. Later Mike jumped into the crowd leaving the keyboards to have a right good boogie on the floor, he is a legend and vital ingredient of Smoove & Turrell for sure. The main set ended with ‘You’re Gone’ before a three-song encore that finished with ‘Let Yourself Go’ taken from the album Eccentric Audio. It was this monster that finally flamed out an exhausted Exeter crowd!
The new album is officially released on June 29th. Pre-orders available – see link below.
There For Me
I Can’t Give You Up
Hate Seeking Missile
A Deckham Love Song
I Feel Alive
Love That Kind Lie
Keyboard solo intro
Will You Be Mine
Beggarman into You Could’ve Been A Lady
Let Yourself Go