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JOSH & CO
Robin 2, Bilston, 13 December 2009
Being a huge
Mostly Autumn fan there was of course only one place to be on Sunday 13th
December and that was here in Bilston at the excellent Robin 2 to see Josh
& Co. Limited perform the outstanding album Through these eyes.
main event there was a support set by new band Parade which
included some familiar faces to Mostly Autumn fans, including the
extremely talented Chris Johnson who wrote and produced all of the tracks,
the excellent multi-tasking Anne Marie Helder (keyboards, guitar and
backing vocals) and the powerful drumming of Gavin Griffiths.
just released their excellent debut album The Fabric from which they
performed a selection tonight including the excellent slow burning High
Life, Feedline and one of the stand out tracks on the album The Dogs.
music is hard to categorise (not usually a bad thing) and to me is more
rooted in indie than classic rock, very experimental and you can see
touches of Chris's interest in film music. The vocal harmonies in the band
really shone out and the change from gentle to all out rock on some tracks
was very effective, I would love to see them again especially a headline
show for a longer set.
Josh & Co, I loved the album before the show but seeing it played live
has only confirmed how good it really is.
tonight included more familiar Mostly Autumn faces including Iain Jennings
on keyboards and the incredible vocals of Olivia Sparnenn.
track was the powerful Land of the Gods followed by the rousing battle cry
of The Appian Way before things slowed down a little with the haunting We
Graze which included beautiful backing harmony vocals by Oliva, such
lovely heartfelt lyrics on this track.
music continued with the uptempo rocker Black Stone and then the track I
cannot seem to get enough of at the moment, and which includes for me one
of Bryan's greatest riffs, Slow Down an absolutely awesome piece of music
with a touch of classic blues rock to it that had the Robin well and truly
Next a track
that really came to life on the stage, the title track Through These Eyes
with unusual name dropping spoken verses and catchy Mostly Autumn-esque
chorus, a tale of the afterlife with a suggested line-up of a band that
could play that greatest of venues.
It is with
the addition of three covers connected with this fantasy band, added to
this track that the number completely takes off - All Along the Watchtower
with electrifying fret work from Mr Josh of course, Behind Blue Eyes and a
roaring Rock and Roll complete with a fantastic vocal performance by
Olivia and splendid guitar work by Chris Johnson.
out tracks included a real show piece for Olivia's vocals the gentle
understated Old Friends and first encore track Carry me and they finished
the night in seasonal style with Bryan leading the crowd through a
sing-a-long of The Bing Crosby classic White Christmas.
So glad I
managed to get to a Josh & Co. gig loved every minute of it, quality music
all evening as usual a guitar masterclass by Bryan and another night that
proves what musical talent there is in the Mostly Autumn universe.
Verdict - A magical night
photos by Andrew Lock
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