Runner - The Charlotte, Leicester (8th
it was Readings turn to show us what they were made of and had sent
their representatives, Morning Runner to make the point. Current
darlings of the music scene, the band have been seen touring alongside
Coldplay, Bloc Party and Ian Brown and although the first time in Leicester,
have played 2 well received headline tours of their own. I had been in
the fortunate position of having had a sneak preview of their forthcoming
album Wilderness Is Paradise, prior to the show, but with
a release still 4 weeks away, those who had stumped up between 7-9 quid
to come along tonight only had the whisper that something special was
in store (ok, several releases and a website that appears to present a
wealth of resources may have been an advantage).
When half past ten had finally arrived, wed already been served
two delicious dishes in the form of the studious Polytechnic and
directors of their own floor-show, The Screening and although Morning
Runner had at least received airplay, theirs was also an unknown quantity.
Starting the show tonight in quite fitting fashion the band had chosen
the albums opening number, Its Not Like Everyones My
Friend a song with a sad undertone, but driving an audience that
was at least a couple of hundred in number, quite inappropriate, our gazes
were all fixed on what vocalist Matthew Greener had to say. From where
I stood amidst the heaving mass, the light show made it appear the band
were playing in an erupting sea of fireworks, although in contrast to
this, the back drop to the stage gave the impression that this was a prostitutes
boudoir, so perhaps fireworks had their place.
Have A Good Time had followed this first number, then Be
All You Want Me To Be and by the time Punching Walls
had met our ears, the ecstasy we were experiencing had to be carefully
managed by a band aware of their audience's needs. The set had so far
proved fast paced and made for exhilarating participation. The songs were
sung with a heartfelt sincerity and with lyrics that were in no way superficial,
living the dream in 21st century Britain was summed up when Matthew, Ali,
Tom and Fields struck into the album's final track - Work,
a song that with the swirling sounds of a small venue, may have been lost,
but the impact certainly wasnt and on the sang.
They had greeted the audience in a fashion that belied the groups tender
age. From an early signing with "Faith and Hope Records" in
2003, 3 years later and now signed to "Parlophone", they have
cultivated a super group in the making and although this may
only be an indie super group, as Matthew had stood on-stage,
hair obscuring his view, I saw a younger Gaz Coombes staring back at me.
Like the night Oasis, Reef and Coldplay had first played these hallowed
walls, I felt I had been lucky enough to witness history in the making,
this was stadium rock played to a handful in what might as well have been
a shoebox, chances like this don't come along every day.
Morning Runners debut album - Wilderness Is Paradise Now
is scheduled for release on March 6th 2006, through Parlophone.