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Robin 2, Bilston 9 December 2012
Christmas time so as usual Mostly Autumn hit the road for a few seasonal
dates including this performance at one of the bands regular haunts The
A new Gothic
style (almost Nightwish like) intro tape set the scene perfectly for
show opener the rocking, full blooded 'Passengers' album instrumental
happy, relaxed and full of festive spirit they performed a two hour plus
set full of highlights old and new. Latest album 'The Ghost Moon
Orchestra' gets better with every listen and this show included a
stunning dramatic performance of album opener 'Unquiet Tears', and a
gloriously heavy 'Drops of the Sun'.
same release and my standout of the evening the hauntingly beautiful
'Top Of The World', one of the most beautiful (sorry to use the word
again!) pieces of music I have ever heard, gentle at first with Olivia's
gorgeous vocals (assisted by Bryan so a duet really) sending a shiver
down the spine and the way Bryan Josh's solo begins in subdued fashion
and then explodes into life during the faster/heavier section is a pure
highlight from the new material but this one from the 'A Weather For
Poets' bonus disc which came with the new album pre orders was 'Changing
Fast' a medium paced solid rocker with a killer guitar riff.
plenty of light and shade in the set, full bodied rockers including an
explosive 'Never The Rainbow' (Gavin's drum work rate incredible) and a
charging 'Deep In Borrowdale', and on the quieter side a magical,
mystical 'Passengers' which seemed to fit in with the seasonal mood and
the laid back, emotional 'The Last Climb' was sensational and included
stunning performances by Anne-Marie Helder on the flute and Mr Josh on
favourites 'Evergreen' and 'Heroes Never Die' were thankfully in their
rightful place in the set and both went down a storm, and I was also
really pleased that in my opinion one of the bands new classics 'Ice'
remains in the set, a truly powerful, heart wrenching number utilising
both Bryan and Olivia's vocals and a number that builds and builds in
intensity and just pours emotion.
Autumn never fail to treat their fans this time of year to a touch of
festive fun and decked out in all manner of Christmas hats and
accessories the evening ended with runs through 'I Believe In Father
Christmas', 'Fairytale Of New York' and with Santa's Little Helper Liam
on lead vocals a cracking 'Merry Xmas Everybody', must give a special
mention to good friend of the band Roger Newport for taking over rhythm
guitar duties in sterling fashion while Liam did his Noddy Holder stint.
great Autumn gig and 2012 was another fantastic year for the band with a
top quality new album and plenty of action on the live front including
their annual main stage set at The Cambridge Rock Festival.
photos by Andrew Lock
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