The 606 Club was jumping to the sounds of Arrested Development, a night that was totally different to a normal night in this small Chelsea Jazz Club.
I could not call myself an Arrested Development fan, I remember their excellent rework of the Sly and The Family Stone classic ‘Everyday People’ but know little else of their work but curiosity got the better of me and I had to see a group of their stature playing in such a small venue.
The 606 was packed and as soon as the band took to the stage and Fareedah Aleem danced her way through the jam packed room the audience was energised, the energy inspired the band and for seventy minutes the place was rocking.
I did not know many of the songs but during the non-stop performance, they certainly sang ‘Revolution’ and ‘Ease my Mind’, and ‘People Everyday’ and there were samples of other well known songs including Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’. Speech’s vocals were the hub around which everything turned, supported by excellent vocals from One Love, Tasha LaRae and Fareedah. Eric Dozier played keys, Corey Raymond drums and William Montgomery bass. The band provided the excellent platform for the vocalists to sing and involve the audience who always responded with vigour. William was remarkable because he kept his cool persona whilst the rest of the room was going crazy.
When the set finished the audience rightly stood, applauded and hollered their appreciation.
After the show Fareedah shook hands with most of the audience and stayed on stage and was photographed with many individuals, we saw this all happening in front of our table. I am not sure how much the other band members interacted but I would be surprised if they did not. It was a night when due to the closeness the audience and band were one, creating an incredibly electric atmosphere.
This was a night I will remember, I may never buy any of Arrested Development’s music but I would definitely go see them perform again, I wish the energy in the room could have been bottled.