Normally you would have to read several paragraphs of evocative description, including a few song titles here and there, in order to find out what a reviewer thought of a gig.
I will save you some time.
The Frank & Walters are very entertaining and well worth seeing live.
As you might have already guessed, I do have some reservations though.
As a band they are a little anachronistic. A band out of time. The Frank & Walters in 2012 is a little like finding The Hollies supporting the Sex Pistols in 1977 or Genesis headlining at this year’s Reading Festival.
Back in the mid 90s this lot were well regarded by the NME and could pack out a venue like the Wedge. These days, despite being older, wiser and funnier (the between-song banter was brilliant) they failed to draw more than 60 Portmuthians. I know because I counted.
This is a shame as they worked their socks off to entertain and they played a great mix of old and new. I’m just not sure there is a place for them in 2012; they deserve one, for sure, but on Friday night’s showing Portsmouth, at least, does not agree.