Anthony Joseph in the Set

The intimate surrounds of the Set was the perfect venue to witness this charismatic band up close and personal.

The intimate surrounds of the Set was the perfect venue to witness this charismatic band up close and personal.

Led by Trinidadian poet, lecturer and novelist Anthony Joseph, the Spasm band are an eclectic mix of funk, jazz, afro beat and rock along with the spoken word. Joseph mesmerised the crowd with his Pinero-esque poetry, the words are full of emotion from stories inspired by Carrabean culture. By the second song they had people up and dancing, their good energies permeating through the crowd. Visually this band is an interesting mixture of new and old, the guitarist and bassist wearing traditional head-dresses while the saxaphone player, drummer and Joseph himself had a more modern laid back demeener. This mixture of old and new resounds with their music, with Christian Arcucci mastering guitar solos over a traditional afro beat, or Colin Webster switching frequently from the saxophone to the flute.