Live Review: Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny

Posted: October 1, 2012 in Alternative, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Mrs Mackerel reviews Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny, at Kings College London Students’ Union, Wednesday 26th September 2012

Live Review: Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny.

As a fish somewhat known for her tardiness with deadlines, this has proved to be no exception. It was a Wednesday night at KCL forum, with Jenny Wren and I masquerading as not quite the oldest swingers in town, but we were bringing up the rear, shall we say.

Despite our sombre mood, BJH and the happy Hoofers were well worth the journey. Being an honorary Hoof (with the signature to prove it) I somehow have a proprietorial sense over the band, or at least some case for inclusion. Where I’m not sure. The stage is small and the personalities are big. Diminutive she maybe, but Beth Jeans Houghton has huge stage presence and a pitch perfect falsetto vocal to match, despite nursing a sore throat this evening.

A rollicking good run through a lot of Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose saw Sweet Tooth Bird, Dodecahedron, Atlas, Franklin Benedict and a storming rendition of my song of the year, Liliputt. New songs included the instant foot-tapper, Joe Frasier, and we close the set with punk anthem Prick AKA Sean. Bloody Marvellous.

They have energy, true individuality and bags of traditional North Eastern humour, which of course I just love. The between song banter is class, yet I was somewhat disappointed not to be playing “mime the shape of your poo” – a game that MM had enjoyed at No Direction Home (enjoyed might be stretching it, but he is from Oxford).

Anyway, we loved them. I knew I would, the minute she trotted out in her fuchsia and black polka dot suit, with her back-combed blonde hair, and bright red pout, the Hooves with their ceremonial war paint. And now they’re relocating to LA. Our loss is Hollywood’s gain, I suppose. But there’s a new album in waiting – get a move on gal!

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