Review: Los Pacaminos at The Spring, Havant

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I admit that the initial attraction of the gig by Los Pacaminos, at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant on Saturday, was the presence of 80s singer Paul Young, but what we discovered was a group of extremely talented musicians, who kept us entertained for over two hours with a mix of `Tex Mex’ and country/blues music.

They opened the first set with a slick version of Highway Patrol featuring Paul’s still-gravelly but now bass voice, then treated us to a mixture of songs from their new album A Fistful of Statins including the heartbreaking Caballero with touching vocals from Drew Barfield, and The Girl from Tennessee featuring Paul Young; Texas Tornado classic Little Bit is Better than Nada and old favourites like Smoke, Smoke Smoke and Little Sister.

This is a band you can rely on for a great night out. They were enjoying the evening every bit as much as we were. Like the tray of what appeared to be Tequila shots delivered to the Stetson-wearing musicians by the Tequila Girls, the evening was great fun.

The standing section of The Spring was dancing from the first number, and we didn’t stop the whole evening.

We headed home with sore feet and a little bit of Texas in our hearts!