The third group to emerge out of Composed, the Youth Music funded project co-delivered by Skillnet Group and Music for Change, played their debut performance on Saturday night at West Track Studios in Canterbury. The group of young people have been developing musicianship skills, writing songs and rehearsing for the past 24 weeks and they seemed to relish the opportunity to show the audience of family and friends what they have achieved.
No Idea (no idea how they got that name!) played an impressive 25 minute set comprising of their own songs and a few covers thrown in for good measure. They were supported by "The Minister of Information" who delivered a unique style of spoken word/ story-telling accompanied by some punk rock guitar. The Minister of Information describes the style as "desert punk" and who are we to argue with that.
Consisting of Harriet Gay and Rebecca Tucker on vocals, Frank Walsh on drums, Max Hutson on percussion and vocals, Dayle Brown on percussion and vocals and Nelly Ross also on percussion and vocals, No Idea played with confidence and passion. The band were ably supported by Music for Change's Yianis Zaronis on acoustic guitar and Composed volunteers, Louis Palfrey and Naomi Hogben, backing the sound up with acoustic guitar, percussion and ukulele. Sound wise, No Idea mixed up hip hop, folky pop, samba and a bit of punk. For most of the band this was the first time they had performed in front of an audience although you could never tell.
Steve Perry from Skillnet group said "The band were great – it was so good to see how much progress the young people in this project have made. I'm really looking forward to the next gig".
The next performance by No Idea will be at The Black Griffin in Canterbury – details to follow very soon. Watch this space!