bravecaptain are martin carrs (he of boo radleys
fame) new band. when the boos imploded they left us with the
surefire royalty maker of wake up boo and conversely
some of the more interesting music to come from liverpool
in the early 90s. fortunately for us carr has stepped
forward with a band that sounds experimental, but also has
a neat line in great tunes.
bravecaptain appear to be taking the recent sounds of mercury
rev and flaming lips, and bred them with everyones favourite
loft-dwelling, fridge-painting english hippy, syd barrett.
the result is interesting to say the least. its not
easily defined, which is a good thing, but the tunes are still
evident, and with a bit of luck bravecaptain could be one
of the more successful curiosities produced this year. the
only unpleasant surprise is when they play the boos
lazarus, strummed mildly on guitar it seems a
shadow of its former self, and not a little lost in
amongst the rest of the set.
lowgold have toured with grandaddy, doves, and coldplay
in the recent past, all widely successful bands in their own
right. so can they follow suit? with their album released
and a headline tour they should be bound for stardom with
all its trimmings, right? well dont hold your breath.
for a band who so loudly claim to be great songwriters there
are precious few that lodge themselves firmly in your head.
the best song theyve got is beauty dies young,
which borrows heavily from wheats dont i
hold you, and sadly, it doesnt really measure
up. perhaps the most telling point about the lowgold live
experience is that their bass player is centre stage and he
is the most interesting member of the band, ferchristsakes.
the whole things all rather bland, and there are other
bands doing this kind of thing better, so do we really need
lowgold? what do you think?
review by allin pratt (for night shift)
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