It was great to be at the 100 Club in London on the 6th April for The Poses only UK gig of their current European tour.
We like the quirky 100 Club in London for its intimacy. The stage is low (with a large pillar just in front of it) but the room is wide and shallow so can get close to the band.
The band are from Seattle and are Ken Stringfellow on keyboards and guitar, Jon Auer on guitar and Frankie Siragusa on drums. On some of the numbers they were joined by Gizelle Smith who provided some great soulful vocals. We were impressed with their new drummer Frankie. His drumming was enthusiastically brilliant. (Last year the Posies long time drummer Darius sadly died).
As always their songs were full of poetic lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Sometimes you need raw piercing sounds of heavy rock and sometimes you feel like standing on a warm beach and letting the gentle waves of rock wash over you. The Posies sound was the latter. It makes you feel good, but there were some serious lyrics wrapped up in there.
They played all of the tracks on the new album Solid States which is to be released next Friday on 29th April. Other numbers were from previous albums dating back to Frosting On The Beaters of 1993.
On the new album we really like the tracks We R Power which has a faster rhythm, the foot tapping March Climes and meditative like The Sound Of Clouds.
We R Power
Squirrel vs Snake
The Glitter Prize
Sound of Clouds
You’re the Beautiful One
Treetop Flyers have been through a lot since their debut album landed in 2013, both personally and professionally, but thankfully they have come through the other side, dropped new album Palomino and are now on a short tour to promote it.
The lovely Day & Night Cafe in the uber hip Northern Quarter of Manchester hosted the band on a cold Thursday April night when their new album was given a run out. Debut album The Mountain Moves seemingly gave the impression of the band as a folk-rock outfit, but Palomino takes several twists and turns and expands their sound significantly to include prog, soul and americana. My first experience of the band was on a sunny festival afternoon, so I was looking forward to the indoor show experience and wasn’t disappointed.
Singer Reid Morrison has the most wonderful soulful and unexpected voice, and various songs on Palomino show it off to its best, including title track You, Darling You, with the rest of the band performing the harmonies.
Several tracks on the album clock in at over the 6 minute mark, and in the live setting, seem even more at home. Keyboard player Sam takes on the vocal duties on Lady Luck, and what a voice he has too by the way, and closer for the night Dance Through The Night will quickly become a live favourite with its funky, proggy, groovy dance beat.
Several other tracks from Palomino made up the set, including Sleepless Nights, 31 Years and Never Been As Hard, along with opener from debut album Things Will Change also gets an airing.
The word joyous came to mind when I first saw them in that field, sitting in the sunshine with a cider, and I’m pleased to report that feeling remains even on a cold dark night in Manchester. Reid was constantly engaging with the audience, the band clearly having a great time playing their new tunes live.
Treetop Flyers are a fabulously talented band, and now they have 2 albums to their name, are able to expand their live repertoire even further. Catch them live to see for yourself, and preferably at a festival in the sun.
Pic below from Leicester gig and taken by Paul.
We're looking forward to Dan Reed Network's new album Fight Another Day to be released on 6th.
The band formed in Portland, Oregon, during the 1980's with a sound mixing hard rock, funk and soul and they produced 4 albums before disbanding in the 1990's. However they have now got together again and, as well as cutting the new album, they are touring Europe in June. Sadly they are only doing one date in the UK, at the 100 Club London on Wednesday 15th June.
They say the album title comes from one of the lyrics in the track Champion. It's about "surrounding yourself with positive people and giving you the strenght to fight another day" "after 25 years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!“
An ideal festival this summer for those who don't like the rain! The brand new Stone Free Festival, will be held inside the mega tent that is the O2 Arena this June on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th.
The festival will be headlined by Alice Cooper on Saturday and Rick Wakeman on the Sunday in a world exclusive performance of his 12-million-selling masterpiece ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table’ for the first time since 1975.
Joining them in the arena over the weekend will be The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke, Marillion, Steve Hackett and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live along with many other bands.
It plans to have multiple stages, a huge variety of artists, special acoustic performances, Q&As with headline performers, cinema screenings at the Stone Free picture show, a vinyl fair, specialist market stalls, classic album playbacks, craft beers and street food stalls alongside the the existing restaurants.