An Interview with The 38s

We managed to catch up with one of The Crooked Crow Bar's favourite bands, The 38's to find out a little bit more about them. It was a brilliant excuse to be able to speak to another grown up that wasn't sat at a till or banging a saucepan on the doorstep (since lockdown our contact with the outside world has been very limited)! The interview went fantastically well, they really are a lovely group... They were the last band to play at the bar before the lockdown and we cannot wait to see them up on our stage again. Here is the full interview... 

Crow Crew: Tell us about you. What is your band name, and what sort of music do you play?

The 38s: We are The 38s, a successful cover band who play the kind of songs you know and love. We focus mainly on 60s Soul, Northern Soul, Ska and Punk while throwing in a few Rock & Roll numbers to keep the dancefloor alive. We’ve been together for 5 years now and developed a good reputation in the Beds and Bucks area where we play regularly in pubs and social clubs.

Crow Crew: What are some of your favourite songs in your set?

The 38s: For me as lead singer, it has got to be ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronettes, but we also love playing Blondie, The Small Faces, The Ramones and The Specials. ’It Must Be Love’ by Madness always goes down well too.

Crow Crew: What is the secret of your success?

The 38s: Practice, practice, practice. We rehearse every week. We are lucky to have access to high quality kit and instruments, which helps us to sound so professional on stage. As lead singer, it is great that I have a roving microphone, so I can get out on the dancefloor and join the audience.

It’s not easy though when you’re a band starting out – having to do the best you can with very little kit available to you. Paid gigs mean that the money is split between band members…it takes a lot of gigs to save up for an amp or a monitor.

Crow Crew: Is it all glamour and glitz performing in a band?

The 38s: Hahaha! Performing is brilliant, but what audiences don’t see is the behind the scenes ‘grunt’ work that goes on. Turning up at 7pm to set up kit, sound check, get the levels right, then after the gig finishes the work involved in packing down and loading the van takes time. A gig lasts for two hours, but the band invest over six hours to make that happen without counting the rehearsal time. Even so, it is all part of the experience and we love it.

Crow Crew: Tell us about some of the venues you’ve played.

The 38s: In our time we’ve played in some interesting spaces. Onc