Thirteen (count them), thirteen, of the Lemanis bunnies will be on stage at the band’s gig to launch their second album, The Truth About a Push Me-Pull You, on Saturday (February 28) at Plymouth’s Hippo (doors open at 8pm).
The Lemanis baker’s dozen, who will undoubtedly reproduce their multi-layered sound that has people comparing them to Pink Floyd, Belle and Sebastian and the Mamas and Papas (or you can make up your own comparisons) will be supported by Head of Programmes.
But what makes these Lemanis lot want to play to big audiences (if you sign up to their mailing list you may still be able to get free tickets to the gig)? So, it’s not the money (obviously).
According to Phil Baker (bass, keys, guitar, drums and vocals), it’s all to do with joy.
He told the PRSD: “Normally I’d never want to have to stand up in front of potentially hundreds of people and have them all look at me, that’s scary.
“And yet given the choice of 40 or 400 people there watching us play a show, we’d choose 400.
“If it was because we wanted to know all these people were hearing what our hard work had come to, we could give out more CDs without the potential risk of messing up on a stage.
“So why are we looking forward to this gig so much, and why do we want you all there?
“At certain points in our set, we can look down and see a smile on the face of pretty much everyone in sight.
“Sometimes it’s because of the music we’re playing. Sometimes someone’s fooling around on stage, or sometimes we just plain mess up.
“It’s nice to know we caused those smiles and all that fun. And for some reason the psychology books will probably tell us, the more smiley faces we see, the better it is.”
So, share the joy and make the world a better place – smile at Lemanis on Saturday night. But don’t laugh at them, that would be rude.
Or you can catch a special acoustic set at Jack Cham’s in Tavistock tonight.