by Tracey Elliot
JUST six gigs old and already their diary is filling up faster that you can scribble with a bookie’s biro.
But when the best part of their hard-earned summer break has been spent sweating over their set in a grubby garage you can hardly blame Except For Access for expecting results, now they’ve finally got around to hitting the Scarborough pub circuit.
This is not a band that’s been thrown together over a few beers in the back bar of the local boozer.
Brighton Institute of Modern Music student duo Harry Bullen and Jon Dawes have taken their time in recruiting bassist Jackson Ellis and guitarist Jordan Allen to form a unit that should hopefully fulfill their lofty expectations.
Make no mistake, their first couple of shows were lively and well supported, but a little on the shaky side, as you’d maybe expect from a young outfit like this. That aside, the wall-to-wall punters in the West Riding and Indigo Alley loved them, while the captive crowd at the Crow’s Nest had little option but to get down and party to a stylish and carefully chosen stream of guitar-based rock covers.
By gig number five the boys had shaped up and sharpened their act and on Friday night they did all but tear Indigo Alley apart. Saturday at the Ship saw guys at the bar dancing to Thin Lizzy while their girlfriends sang along to Lady Gaga… all bases covered.
A few self-penned songs are finding their way into the set and the quality of writing makes it hard to pick them out from the eclectic and constantly shifting list of covers. It’s not easy to pick favourites but Harry Bullen’s delivery of the Only Ones’ 1978 classic Another Girl Another Planet works for me and does more than justice to Peter Perrett himself, while Jordan Allen’s accomplished soloing on the Chili Peppers’ Dani California could well draw a nod from John Frusciante.
Jackson Ellis on bass and drummer Jon Dawes are welding into the solid rhythm section essential for a four-piece guitar band like this, and as growing confidence joins undoubted ability Except For Access should look forward to a bright future.