During the week I received a call from Martin Fielding, a bass player who played with me last year. He let me know that he had formed a new band and that Saturday night was to be their first gig. The venue was El Romeral in La Drova. By the time we got there the crowd was already building up and there was a buzz of eager anticipation in the air.
After only 6 rehearsals the band were asked to perform live earlier than they originally anticipated as it was a birthday of a special lady – Becky. So the lads brought forward their plans and hoped for the best. With a mixture of family, friends and supporters as well as locals out to have a good time the mood was right for an evening of entertainment. Would this be a night to remember and for all right reasons?
Point Blank consists of Martin Fielding on Bass and Lead vocals, Ingo Thielding on lead guitar and backing vocals, Simon Earley on Keyboard and backing vocals and Bernie James on Drums and jokes.  All are accomplished musicians in their own right with Ingo being a very good lead guitarist, so I knew that there was plenty to look forward to.
So without further ado the band launched in to a gritty rendition “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” followed quickly by “Stuck in the Middle with You” and such classics as “Get It On”, “Nut Bush City Limits”, “Brown Sugar” and “Brown Eyed Girl”, which was sung admirably by Simon. I have to say his voice was very reminiscent of Van the Man himself and could have easily been mistaken for him. Simon later told me it is only because he had a sore throat that he sounded so gravelly, but the effect was perfect.
The audience got behind the band from the off, and deservedly so. It wasn’t long before they were on the floor hopping away and shortly afterwards the floor was packed with hot bodies gyrating and pulsating to the rhythms being cranked out at Point Blank range.
Although the set was predominantly 60’s and 70s music, Ingo later mentioned that their intention is to introduce more contemporary pop music into the set. Pressures of time however meant they literally had to throw together a set for the evening.
So was it worth going to see?
Yes most definitely. Although the band are a little raw at the moment and need to work on the sound and on getting the balance right between instruments and vocals, these are minor things which will be ironed out with practice. On the upside they certainly gave it all they had, played some popular tunes and performed tightly together – finishing in time. The crowd were certainly were right behind them. As personal friends of mine it would be easy to build them up and be biased, however there is a genuine sense of musicianship and the band themselves enjoyed their playing.
I don’t think it will be long before Point Blank become a household name in the area and the Inland and Coastal Trader would like to wish the band the best of British luck.
Launch of “The Rockets” CD.
If you are around on 16th April then you may be interested to know that Jools Cooper and The Rockets are performing at Tusks in Javea. The occasion is the launch of their new CD. It promises to be an auspicious occasion with Coast FM broadcasting Live from Tusks – so it is your chance to be a part of history in the making. Further information is in a separate article entitled “Reaching for the Stars”.
Geoff Britton and Volcano play La Taverner.
If you are free on April 22nd then get along to La Taverner in Palma De Gandia. Not only will you receive a warm welcome from Danny and Pat, but Geoff Britton, the former drummer with Jools Cooper and the Rockets will be playing in his new band, Volcano. It promises to be a great night out so get along and feel the shakes. You never know, you may even catch Danny dancing (though you would be the first to do so)
Vince Barnes

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