Fresh from recently releasing one of the best albums of the year in A Good Day For The Damned, reggae rockers Jaya The Cat were embarking on a run of the shows in the UK. Jaya The Cat are one of my favourite bands to see live and it has been ages since I've seen them, as they clashed with a King Prawn show last year, so this gig at The Underworld in Camden was a must.
Only one band was supporting Jaya The Cat tonight, the always fantastic Captain Accident and The Disasters from Wales. Because there was just the one support act Emma and I had some time to kill when we got to The Underworld so we checked out the Jaya The Cat merch table. Jaya The Cat seemingly have more t-shirt designs than most shops! I finally got my hands on a vinyl copy of The New International Sound Of Hedonism, my favourite Jaya The Cat album and Emma got herself a new t-shirt featuring a cat and a skull - two of her favourite things. The Jaya The Cat merch lady was one of the friendliest people I've spoken to at a merch table, taking the time to have a brief chat about our recent visit to Berlin. For context, we were talking about Berlin as I mentioned I'd already picked up A Good Day For The Damned at Core Tex Records in Berlin. Anyway, enough with the shopping experience - on with the show!
We first saw Captain Accident and The Disasters back in July at the excellent Level Up Festival at the New Cross Inn and were blown away by the incredible talent on the stage. Again, on a cramped looking Underworld stage, the five piece absolutely killed it. Mixing traditional ska and reggae with a rock edge they were perfect for getting the crowd warmed up. When a band is this good perhaps you only need one support act? The crowd at the Underworld, which already pretty large, took Captain Accident and The Disasters into their hearts and wasted no time in having a dance along with the band. Personally I do prefer the more uptempo ska songs that the band play - they really get my feet going - but I can't help but be mesmerised by the reggae songs as well. Captain Accident and The Disasters are a great band.
This review was written by Colin Clark. Photos by Emma Prew.