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ROOM, Cambridge Rock Festival
8 August 2010
This was my
first look at Panic Room in the live arena, quite surprisingly given my
love of lead singer Anne-Marie's solo output, her contribution to the
fantastic Chris Johnson-Parade album and of course her Mostly Autumn
They have a
very distinctive sound, a mix of many styles including, for me, elements
of progressive rock, pop, alternative rock and they also have a
contemporary sound to their music.
of course not hindered by her many solo performances as well as
countless shows with both Mostly Autumn and before that Karnataka, makes
a superb front person, confident in her own abilities and making her
entrance for this show looking spectacular in a very decorative and
stylish gold face mask.
consisted mainly of tracks from their fantastic second album Satellite
(one of my current most played albums) including that album's powerful
opening number Freedom to Breathe, with its lyrics pointing at the
stresses of stardom (will be careful how close I get with my camera at
future Panic Room shows!).
Satellite we also had the heavy Dark Star with its slightly gothic
opening, the gentle soaring ballad The Fall which (includes some truly
excellent guitar work) and the stunning, quite literally out of this
world, epic title track itself.
The set also
included their interesting take on the ELP track Bitches Crystal which
was recorded for a disc to be given out with Classic Rock Presents Prog
This was a
very impressive performance which I am sure will have seen them pick up
quite a few new fans.
have many strengths, they have of course the always exquisite vocals of
Anne-Marie Helder, add to this outstanding guitar work by Paul Davies,
keyboard layers by Jonathan Edwards, a powerful rhythm section including
Gavin Griffiths, from Mostly Autumn, and first class songwriters -
particuarly the Helder/Edwards partnership - and you have some band.
photos by Andrew Lock
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