I just got back from seeing The Sons Of Pitches at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone and I can honestly say that it was one of the best live music events I’ve been to (and I’ve been to a lot…) It’s almost 11pm but I wanted to blog while I was still basking in the post-gig-glow, because really there’s nothing quite like it!
So for those of you that don’t know, The Sons Of Pitches are an all male a capella group who recently won Gareth Malone’s latest show, The Naked Choir (it’s not as dodge as it sounds, I promise). A capella music simply means music without instrumental accompaniment, but it really is so much more than that.
The show was an absolute extravangaza of stunning singing, hilarious comedic moments, mind-blowing beatboxing and some slightly suspect dance moves… The best way to describe it is just that it was really really fun! I don’t want to post any spoilers for those of you who might be seeing them on this tour, but I will tell you that there was some improv involving a song about garlic bread, and it was bloody brilliant. If that hasn’t intrigued you, I don’t know what will…
I obviously have to talk in this post about how technically outstanding this group is. Their harmonies are so tight and some are so close that they’re almost haunting to listen to. They are so slick in terms of timing and rhythm and didn’t fall out of sync with each other once throughout the entire show. The sounds that they can produce are simply amazing! As they put it tonight, they make a living by ‘making sounds with [their] mouths’, but this simple phrase speaks nothing of their vocal abilities!
Beyond this, they are also truly fantastic performers. Their comedic timing was so good that I left the theatre with aching cheeks from laughing so much! For some, their slightly irreverent sense of humour may hit a nerve, but for me it just hit the spot.
It really is this unique blend of amazing vocal ability and dynamic stage presence that makes them such a fantastic boyband (…you’ll get that reference if you’ve seen one of their shows). If you haven’t, I urge you to look them up and book a ticket, you won’t regret it. I’ll certainly be hitting them up next time they’re back in my neck of the woods.
To be honest, the best thing about the whole evening was just the look of pure glee on all of their faces throughout. I’m not sure they can quite believe that they’re now doing this for a living but in my opinion they’re so deserving of all the success they get. And I can’t wait to see what they do next!
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