Post by blondeambassador on Jul 31, 2008 10:09:31 GMT
Not too bad, Chloes mic didn't work for a while and then there's the obvious hitch of the Deus track coming on again but the sound soon settled and I didn't really have a problem with it this time round.
Right, some brief follow up thoughts now that I've regained my critical faculties after a good kip:
- The support act (Christopher D Ashley) was a disappointment for me. Ended up being the inverse of how I found Vessels at the Water Rats i.e. after being reasonably impressed with the stuff on his Myspace page, his band's live performance was underwhelming. Lots of the songs started fine and dandy, but like Nicky Butt trying to marshal a midfield, they were one-paced and lacked the ability to step up a gear after the first minute or two of each song. If he learnt how to get a bit of dynanism in his songs, he'd be on a winner. To their credit though, Mr Ashley and his band all seemed very personable and good humoured people who made an effort to get the crowd onside. And the song they closed with (the first one I heard on their Myspace) was very good. But overall, they were a wee bit disappointing. Ah well.
- Not quite as sure as BA that the set melded together as seamlessly as suggested. Don't get me wrong, I really, really like both PRR's Dark Third-era material and what we've heard of the new stuff, but (to me, anyway) it's very apparent that the new and the old material have been created by what seems like two different bands (which isn't so far from the actual reality of things, when you think about it). Not that that's a problem for me, I like it all, but for me there isn't the same cohesiveness that you might get with, say, Radiohead playing material from The Bends next to material from OK Computer - it's much more like OK Computer songs rubbing shoulders with Kid A songs. It works just fine though (like OK Computer and Kid A stuff also does), and it's unavoidable given the near quantum leap in PRR's sound.
- I would like to offer my apologies to Jon on two accounts: 1) for stepping on his foot after the show (in the process of getting the David Bentley signing confirmed to me by nekroman) like the big clumsy oaf that I am, and 2) for being unable to resist the temptation to spout the ridiculously cheesy pun of "Deus, Deus, so good they played it twice!" (that the cogs in my brain were working overtime on for about 20 mins after the Second Coming of Deus) at him. So very poor.
Post by blondeambassador on Jul 31, 2008 10:59:00 GMT
Ha, I wouldn't worry, I'm pretty sure you weren't the only one reeling out the deus jokes afterwards! I do get what you mean about the songs running together- I guess I'd really expected the worst when it came to that, as I've suspected the new stuff was going to sound like an almost different band but I found it didnt affect the way the set ran- I guess what I mean is there are obviously two different styles there but they didn't clash.
Post by ancientmariner on Jul 31, 2008 11:59:09 GMT
Hi there! New to the forum and to PRR as well (relatively). Last night was the second time I've seen them (after Water Rats). Enjoyed both gigs immensely! So that actually counts as a long set for them? I was left wanting more, especially as at Water Rats we got Nimos & Tambos and The Intention Craft as well. And why didn't they play Apprentice of the Universe at either of those gigs (when it's on Live at NEARfest)?
Anyway, awesome band, absolutely blown away by the energy emanated by them.
Love the new material. New album's definitely going to be completely different to The Dark Third, really looking forward to it even though I originally checked them out because of the whole 'New Prog' thing.
"Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air"
Post by blondeambassador on Jul 31, 2008 12:05:25 GMT
Hey, welcome! Intention Craft was supposed to be there I think but got *ahem* replaced at the last minute with Deus. I think Apprentice is one of the ones which has made way for the new tracks, which is understandable, it's been in the set a very, very long time up until recently.
Post by blondeambassador on Aug 3, 2008 9:17:17 GMT
Better than Water Rats for me, the Barfly is just a better venue for a start and the new material is sounding great. Band members just busy beavering away on the album at the minute, no definates on when we will see them out again or when the album is coming but I think whoever said September on another thread might be a little optimistic (though actually not TOO optimistic I don't think, I'm hopeful that they really are making good progress now and all stations are go, though I can't really give an estimated date.)