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The Assembly, Leamington 30 November 2009
have one of my favourite bands play in my hometown and at our great new
venue The Assembly.
are touring in support of their latest album Less is More an album of
acoustic and reworked versions of songs chosen by the band members from
their back catalogue.
The gig was
seated but as all seats sold out quickly the venue then sold standing
tickets at the back so there was a good sized crowd on the evening.
split the show into two sets the first being all of the new album and the
second a collection of other oldies given the same treatment.
This was a
very chilled performance with the band seated under impressive but subdued
lighting and looking very relaxed with plenty of funny stories especially
from vocalist H.
track set the tone for the evening, the delicate 'Go!' from Marillion.com
followed by the complex, lyrically clever and rarely performed 'Interior
Lulu' from the same album.
'Out of This World', the story of Donald Campbell's tragic water speed
record attempt next and then right up to date with 'Wrapped Up In Time'
from Happiness is the Road, for me a story of life's journey and loss.
Next a visit
to the first Steve Hogarth Marillion album Seasons End with 'The Space',
this one bringing back memories of the convention in Holland earlier this
The rest of
the first set was made up of the Brave track Hard as Love, the uplifting
Memory of Water and three tracks from Anoraknophobia 'Quartz',
(outstanding guitar solo by Mr Rothery), the quirky 'If My Heart Were a
Ball' and the epic 'This is the 21st Century' and the impressive new track
on Less is More 'It's Not Your Fault'.
short break the 2nd set began with the catchy 'Cover my Eyes' followed by
the Afraid of Sunlight classic 'Beautiful', 'Estonia' from This Strange
Engine and a strange choice for an acoustic set but one that worked really
well, the eccentric delight that is 'Drilling Holes' from Marbles.
the Holidays in Eden album 'The Party' followed by the strange tale of
obsession that is 'A Collection', then one of my personal favourites 'Gazpacho'
from Afraid of Sunlight.
crowd pleasers up next the awesome 'Easter' and the closing masterpiece
from Brave 'Made Again'.
To end the
evening the atmospheric real life ocean faring story 'Ocean Cloud' from
Marbles and then to see us off into the night on a high the sing-a-long
fun of 'Three Minute Boy'.
The new song
treatments worked very well and as usual with this band the musicianship
and performance was just about perfect, also great to see a few unusual
instruments on show including a glockenspiel and xylophone.
would love to see a Less is More vol. 2 album release, and tour in the
future. I also hope the band liked the venue and will return soon.
photos by Andrew Lock
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