Baba, Mary and I headed to The Retreat Hotel last night to catch Major Tom And The Atoms, the latest side project from Tom Hartney of Little Red. The opening band was Jimmy Hawk And The Endless Party. I enjoyed their songs and they had a few people up dancing by the end of their set.
Major Tom And The Atoms played a mix of original numbers and covers during their very entertaining and energetic set. Tom's baritone voice sounded great and the musicians in the band are all fantastic, particularly the saxophone player who had some mad solos throughout the night. Covers played included Smokey Robinson's "Get Ready," The Box Tops' "The Letter" and a medley of the themes from Jaws, The Pink Panther, Get Smart and Batman which was used to introduce the band. Of the bands original songs, "Hey Flo" and "Rolling Stone" were standout tracks. They finished their set with "The House That Love Built" and then for an encore did an inspired cover of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle." It was a really fun night and we look forward to catching them live again soon.
Here's a clip of "Rolling Stone" to give you an idea of what they sound like live: