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TOUCHSTONE Borderline, London
3 September 2010
British progressive rockers Touchstone are live in London for their
first headline show in the capital playing to a rather packed
two studio albums behind them in their short history the band are
promoting their new live album 'Live In The USA'.
them at the recent High Voltage Festival, the band converted many new
fans to their cause, myself included. with a sound that combines the new
wave pop of the 80's with a progressive rock twist that sometimes hits
the heaviness of Dream Theater.
come alive with some excellent musicianship featuring some heavy chunky
funky bass lines from the oddly named Moo and some fine keyboard work
from Rob Cottingham who also can't resist the temptation of leaving his
seat to play on the keytar, but all eyes are on singer Kim 'Elkie'
Seviour whose charisma and friendly nature makes you feel as if you are
watching your best friend up there on stage.
with epic 'Wintercoast' that featured shared vocals from both Seviour
and Cottingham, I was soon absorbed into the music which has a feel good
factor about it. The set was so enjoyable that time flew by.
clearly enjoying herself stating ''I've been here at the Borderline many
times before as a fan ,but it's great to be up here on stage''.
song of the night is the dreamy melancholic 'Solace' which features the
line of ''Look after me, I'm your little girl'' as she clutches you into
her bosom, metaphorically speaking of course.
Days' nudges us back into life, before ending the splendid evening with
an explosive cover of the Tears For Fears smash hit 'Mad World' which
has more oomph to it than the original.
In this mad
world, I find it kind of funny, kind of sad, but touch wood, Touchstone
will have the luck to take them onto the bigger stages.
Set list : Winter coast / Shadow / Witness (Part 1) / Jokers In The Pack
/ Zinomorph / Voices / Blacktide / The Mad Hatter's Song / Dignity /
Discordant Dreams - Beggar's Song / Solace / Strange Days / Mad World
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