Major Tom and The Atoms have been doing a weekly residency at Cherry Bar on Wednesday nights, with each week devoted to a dearly departed legend of rock. Tonight I met up with Mary as the opening act Casey Dean from the band Secret Tsunami was starting his solo set on acoustic guitar. He played a mix of bluesy rock songs as well as covers of the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
Major Tom and The Atoms began the evening with their latest single "Boom Boom Boom." Tom Hartney was wearing a very impressive plaid suit (on the Matt Preston scale for loudness). The set list featured many songs from their debut album Heroes, Villains, Boom Boom Boom! including "Bloodhound," "Confusion," "Evil Angel" and "Hey Flo." It was also good hear old favorites like "Merri Creek (Dead & Gone)." This week's residency was devoted to English singer-songwriter Nick Drake so the band did covers of "River Man" and invited Venice Music on stage to sing lead vocals on "Hazey Jane II." To finish off the night and their May residency they had people up and dancing to "The House That Love Built" and "Mockingbird."
Here's the video for "Hey Flo"