The Orb, those legendary ambient dance / dub scientists, landed in Gloucester as part of their 25th anniversary tour. As they were playing my favourite venue, the Guildhall Arts Centre, it would have been rude not to go along. I took James with me - his first "proper" gig. He's been to a handful of outdoor events where bands happen to be playing but this was his first time in an actual gig / venue situation. He loves his dance music and likes what he's heard of The Orb so he was keen to see them play live.
Talos the Bronze Giant! Yay!
They were, indeed, Orb-some :-)
The Sensitive Bore fame ) had won a couple of tickets to this gig and kindly invited me along. EE ( as no-one calls them ) were not a group I was all that familiar with but they turned out to be a fantastic live act and went down a storm with the predominantly young audience.
Everything Everything are dauntingly proficient musicians, every song containing surprising twists, turns and time-changes, but still welded to massive tunes and staying just the right side of pretentious. Cough Cough and Kemosabe are huge, singalong indie crowd-pleasers, Duet is the kind of anthemic ballad that Coldplay only think they are producing, while Don't Try is a typically idiosyncratic take on Neptunes-style R 'n' B. I missed all but one song by support band Thumpers
( terrible name! ) but Tom assured me they were very good and later coined the term "bliss pop" to describe them - a phrase that could easily be applied to the headliners too.
Anyway it was an awesome gig! I got myself down to HMV the next day and bought the band's latest album, Arc, which has been a permanent fixture on my CD player ever since and may well be my album of the year in what has been, let's face it, a bloody good year for new music. More to follow on this subject...
And thanks to Tom for getting me the ticket!