The Real Bad Habits (The Stage Bus, Lewisham Peoples Day 9th July 2011)

Starting their set with a dedication to ‘the Legend, that is Neveile Staples’(Also playing the event), the Real Bad Habits burst into a frantic cover version of the Specials...

Starting their set with a dedication to ‘the Legend, that is Neveile Staples’(Also playing the event), the Real Bad Habits burst into a frantic cover version of the Specials ‘Gangsters’, which got the crowd skanking from the first note .
When reviewing the 7 piece SKA/Funk fusion band, from Brockley, South East London. Two words spring to; Enthusiasm and energy. There’s a real passion to their performance. They clearly love what they’re doing, and this is projected into the audience.
I always think that stage presence is the most important aspects of a bands performance. Often I find they have either too little, thus dulling the rest of the performance, or too much, which often comes across as overacting . Not these guys though. It’s refreshing that the Real Bad Habits have managed to achieve the perfect balance for their live act. Never once even bordering on pretention or boringness.
During their 30 minute set, the Real Bad habits played a mixture of their own material and some excellent SKA and Two-Tone covers. All of which kept the ever increasing crowd skanking to our hearts content.
Ending the set with a cover of ‘Ghost Town’ was a fitting final tribute to their hero Neville Staples who they’d be dancing frantically to less than an hour later in the band stand.

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