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Saturday, October 13, 2007

STUCK

Sometimes that's exactly how I feel. Caught, helpless in a rut. The last two work weeks have certainly felt that way. Overwhelmed almost, holding on to the only hope I have - the Word of God. But that's another story...
Last night was the first time I heard You and Whose Army? (YaWA) live and it was the perfect tonic for the tough week before. Regular readers will know that I'm pretty close to Adam and Beni since they've been kind enough to be part of The Groovy People. Whilst Bonk and James, I have watched before playing for Indus Gendi and so, once again, is my objectivity tainted?
You decide...
The event was a tribute to the greatest DJ of all time - the late John Peel - and the venue was the Home Club, and as usual, saw some familiar 'old' faces viz Pat, Chang Kang, Joe, Ivan, Robin, Ben and some familiar 'new' faces viz. Inch, HQ, Aaron, Bang...
...anyways on with the show...
YaWA performed a 5-song set and with most fledging bands, began tentatively, almost like a cold car engine warming up. All four looked nervous as they launched into When Desire Strikes, a mid-tempo number with a distinctive lead guitar figure during the chorus which unfortunately was a little soft to leave a deep enough impact. This 'warming up' phase carried on with All Is Full Of Love, a brief two chord wonder which left the crowd bemused I think, not quite knowing how to react when the song ended.
Beni shifted to keyboards and Adam strapped on Bonk's guitar for Bjork Misplaced, a gorgeous piano ballad which changed the entire tone of the set as the music moved a step beyond your typical local indie rock and into the sublime...
A breakthrough had been achieved as the band belted out a confident Ordinary Is King, with James' slide guitar work reminiscient of the legendary David Gilmour himself, though the overall sound seemed more Neil Young than Pink Floyd live. And as much as I liked that, the band outdid itself with a truly incandescent Stuck, with Bonk delivering an impassioned vocal performance that surprised me. This dynamic shimmering live version blew the tame demo recording out of the water and lifted my spirits.
At the end, it was invigorating, my only regret was that the crowd did not seem to totally get YaWA with its cerebral brand of studied alt-rock.
But hopefully, that will come...
...but there's more...

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