Sunday night at the Lincoln Imp in Scunthorpe was a busy one. The venue was filling up prior to the gig with fans eagerly awaiting the doors opening to the gig room.
It’s been many years since Wheatus played the old Baths Hall in 2003 and I know a few of us were there for that too.
One gig goer said: “I feel like I’m 14 again”
The whole night brought nostalgia to those who grew up going to local gigs in the late 90’s.
The support act was Damian Hess, better known as American rapper, MC Frontalot. Traveling from Brooklyn, New York, he is currently joining Wheatus on their anniversary tour. MC Frontalot’s music is described as Nerdcore Hip Hop.
MC Frontalot was definitely something different. Looking like an office worker with his formal shirt and tie. Once his performance started, the confident and quirky personality of Frontalot shines through. It’s a strange viewing experience and some equally out there arm movements to accompany his rap styling. It’s quite clear Frontalot doesn’t take life too seriously with his comedic lyrics and retro hip hop backing tracks with songs like “Internet Sucks” and “I Hate Your Blog”.
The crowd were piling into the gig room by now with Wheatus headline performance imminent.
Excitement spread across the room as Wheatus frontman Brendan.B took to the stage, joined by the rest of the band, there were a lot of them. Matthew Milligan, Brandon Ticer, Gabrielle Aimée Sterbenz, Leo Freire, Joey Slater &
There was plenty of crowd interaction and on stage banter from Wheatus and they were the band that just kept giving! Wheatus performed for a whole two hours with tracks from their back catalogue including American in Amsterdam, Lemonade, Fair Weather Friend and Hey, Mr Brown to name a few. The enthusiasm never waned from Brendan and the rest of the band.
Most people know Wheatus for their year 2000 hit, “Teenage Dirtbag”, and their second single, the cover of Erasure’s “A little respect” which both hit high in the UK singles chart.
They saved the well known hits for last with an extended and adapted version of Teenage Dirtbag. MC Frontalot joined the band on stage for a rap over and the crowd were given the acapella opportunity for the high pitched “I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden, Baby”.
Brendan’s voice was still able to hit those high notes and the whole band delivered a tight and faultless performance.
The crowd wanted more, so the band got an encore and that’s when the crowd were treated to, “A Little Respect”.
After the show the band all came out and were socialising, signing and having selfies with members of the audience, so there were some big smiles and happy fans.
It was excellent to see so many people turn out on a Sunday night for Wheatus and I just wish it was so highly attended for more gigs at this brilliant independent local venue. The Lincoln Imp may just look like an ordinary pub set into a residential area of town but inside it is so much more.
I look forward to seeing what the New Year brings for the Lincoln Imp with promoters at the Lincoln Imp, Will Nickelen (Crown Management & Promotions) and Kevin Searby (Grind Events) working so hard to bring new breakthrough artists and the well known acts to our local stage. I think we can expect more great bookings from this Scunthorpe hidden treasure. Look out for Independent Venue week in February 2019!
Review by Lea.G & photos courtesy of Lea.G & Steven Potter (P.P.F MEDIA)