Live at the Charlotte
are a band with big chorus, very polished licks and play emotional
They have a guitar technician who tunes, re-tunes over and over to a sell
out crowd who are kept waiting by a band who seem to have had allot of
money spent on them.
I suppose this is what record companies call a priory act.
I am squashed between two fat indie girls and we are blocking the way
to the girls toilets...nightmare.
Im quickly running out of air here but Im told not to worry
because Gary Briggs (lead singer) has a voice that will leave me breathless.
Havens web site states that the band are on the verge of ubiquity
and Im on the verge of being crushed by obesity.
The strobes kick in and at last they stroll on stage then I notice that
they are all wearing in ear monitors as well as having brought
in their own P.A and digital lighting system. This reeks of everything
that they will claim they are not (i.e. a corporate rock band). They play
and it sounds very impressive but Ive a nagging feeling that this
performance seems a little too much like a stroll in the park. I think
theyve been playing these songs for a very long time. I get home
and watch the video on the Internet to say something their
hit single and I can now confidently place the band alongside the Christian
band Delirious? After reading their mission statement I think they would
rather have us believe that they are as genre defining as the Smiths or
Stone Roses. Will Gary forgive me if I say that he has a better voice
than Ian Brown?...I thought not.