If you’re not the type of person to troll YouTube for new and different things then it might be that you haven’t come across Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox before. And that would be a great shame. Starting off as a small band on YouTube who do weird and wonderful covers to all your favourite chart songs (plus the awful ones – they even make Justin Bieber sound like a lyrical God), recipe they have skyrocketed, health demonstrated by their expansive (and ambitious) European tour of 17 countries in 2 months! This tour is just a small representative example of their huge support with well over a hundred million views of their YouTube channel. Known for their eccentric outfits, sildenafil musical adaptations and promotion of the best and brightest new singers, they are (in my incredibly biased view) the best thing to happen to the music in a long time.
When I found out they were touring the U.K again (after I missed out seeing them last time due to a friend’s 21st – *angry face*) I was ecstatic. Especially seeing as I managed to snag one of the last seats of their sell out gig at the Sage in Gateshead. Whilst I had at the back of my head a slight worry that the band might not be able to live up to my gargantuan expectations of them my mind was quickly eased. Known for rotating a wide array of artists I wasn’t sure who would be appearing on the tour but the line up was incredible with the one and only Scott Bradley, key singers – Morgan James, Kiah Victoria, Ariana Savalas and Mykal Kilogero including my absolute favourite Casey Abrams and tap dancer Christopher Erk.
Not only was the singing just as good, if not infinitely better than their YouTube videos, what made the gig so memorable was the stage presence of the singers. From the lively and encouraging compairing of Mykal Kilgoreto the sultry and flirtatious manner of Ariana Savalas you really felt like the band wanted you to be there, and not just for the money you would spend on their merchandise. This was substantiated by the fact that they all stayed after the show (including the underappreciated but excellent band) to sign posters and tickets – not making you stand in the cold outside for hours like many a band would. Further than this they stayed true to form with a jazzed up show full of costumes, tap dancing, audience participation and fantastic music.
Whilst all the songs were great my personal favourites from the night HAD to be The Greatest Love of All, Blank Space, Take Me Church and my all time favourite All of Me. To feel my joy you can see all of these covers on YouTube and on their Spotify.
All in all it could not have been a better gig. Especially seeing as we got to meet my one true hero Casey Basey after the show for a ginger hug & selfie. What else can you ask for really?