Last night I went along to a cracking night at The Standard, Walthamstow’s only bespoke music venue. The three bands were all excellent and it was a fun night, if tinged with sadness as it will be one of my last visits to the historic venue.
This isn’t a review of the gig, although I thought I would post a couple of pictures I took on my phone. It was a free show, featuring The Anoraks, The Capris and Steve White & The Protest Family. I caught most of The Anoraks, and I perhaps did them a disservice in my preview of the show when I described them as an “Oi! band”. They were classic punk, and I mean that in the best sense, with classic rock and reggae riffs mixed in with the ‘three chords and the truth’ punk rock.
The Capris are regulars on the Walthamstow music scene, they are a covers band and a very good one. Their show at The Stow Festival was one of the many highlights of that weekend, and they were in good form last night. Catch them at The Queens on Friday 2 December.
Steve White & The Protest Family played an excellent set, opening with two classic local tunes, ‘You Can’t Say Fuck In The Queens’ followed by ‘Walthamstow Dogs’. SW&TPF are always good fun to watch, and if you missed them last night, they are playing another free show at The Bell on Saturday 10 December.
It will be one of my last, if not my last, visit to The Standard, as it closes in December. I am going to try and make it down to see Bootleg Blondie this Saturday, who I hear will be doing a set of disco classics as well as a Blondie set. There was quite a lovely impromptu moment last night when Paul, who runs The Standard with his partner Amanda, got up on stage after the bands had finished to say a few words about how much he and Amanda had enjoyed their time running the venue. They were super-supportive to us when we were organising Stow Fest, and E17 will be a lesser place without them.
So, that was it. A lovely venue is shutting to be replaced by a supermarket, and E17 will have lost another space where local bands can perform. The promoters of the Club Bus Wind night at The Standard are moving their night to The Artisan in Chingford. I don’t really have any positive way to finish this blog post, sorry.