On Monday The Hop played host to former chart contenders The Ordinary Boys. This booking is just the latest in a string of high profile bookings for the Wakefield venue following recent performances from the likes of Palma Violets, The Subways and Sleaford Mods.
Despite a successful music career in The Ordinary Boys, featuring four top 10 singles, the band’s frontman Samuel Preston is perhaps more well known for his short-lived marriage to fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton and for walking off the set of the BBC2 comedy panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks. However, it seems Preston wants to put this behind him and just get back to making music.
He has co-written hit singles for many chart topping artists such as Olly Murs and Enrique Iglesias.
This also gig coincides with the first album from The Ordinary Boys for nine years.
A brimming audience were well warmed up by five-piece Trash, the latest signing for Leeds-based label Clue Records. By the time the headline act took to the stage the crowd erupted into a series of cheers and applause. They took no time in getting into business by starting with new album opener About Tonight. This opener is symbolic of the flow for the rest of the evening, as each track is quickly followed by the next, rampaging through most of the eponymous new album. However those there to see the hits weren’t left disappointed as songs such as Talk, Talk, Talk, Seaside and Boys will be Boys were also played.
Judging from the band’s passion and crowd interaction, it’s clear to see that they enjoyed performing in front of a warm Wakefield crowd.
Whilst The Ordinary Boys may be past their commercial peak it’s clear to see that they still have something to offer in terms of nostalgia and some new tracks that are well capable of making an intimate venue come alive.
Gig date: November 16