The tracks were slow but always rising in temperature as if they were hidden treasures becoming more and more revealed – something which proved very likeable for the ear at such an intimate gig, and from such a deep couch. Lyrics like "In the dark, in the sun, we are both alone" expressing the essence of what was being told in this little venue, The Last Shop Standing. In between songs he kept us all assured we were not at a mainstream event of any kind with his comedic, dry wit and willfully oblique references. At times I could be reminded a little of live performances from the Spiritualized album 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space'. However, the PJ Harvey and John Parish album 'A Woman A Man Walked By' was the real taste we were experiencing here.
Two covers, one about an elephant boy; 'Sabu Visits The Twin Towers Alone' by John Prine; and a really fine cover of Smog’s 'Teenage Spaceship' sealed the evening. Listening to Smog’s original afterwards I found I preferred the sound of it live, played earlier in the evening. An excellent combination of outstanding, original song material, great covers, in a new record shop which has appeared beside (or almost) Really Good Records, Bretonside. If there are to be more gigs here like this particular one (which there are, so I hear) then it is very good news for the city of Plymouth indeed.
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