Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta
I saw Elbow at London's Brixton academy on Friday. Sorry I've only mentioned it now, but I've only just got round to it. Anyway, let's get the support band out of the way, the quite delightful Mew. Sadly we only caught their final song, due to being detained at the bar. Luckily, it was a long and wonderful noisey jammy wig out of epically beautiful, psychedelic proportions that managed to be both very loud and intricately delicate at the same time. Lots of reverb, lots of hairs standing up on the back of necks. Should've got here earlier. And I need a wee. Stupid bar.
Then Elbow come on, fronted by certainly one of the most affable men in pop, Guy Garvey. Surely voted "Least Likely To Front Medium Selling Rock Act" at school, he is a breath of fresh air. He has a walking stick. He waves it around. He sings like some smooth throated angel over 3 albums worth of gems. They chuck out my personal fave, 'Fugitive Motel', early in the set with the kind of gay abandon that shows how confident and talented they truly are. With "Forget Myself", they close an unforgettable night (clever, eh?) and we brave the cold outside with a coat of pure wonderment. Most underated band in Britain? Tonight it's difficult to argue.
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