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Thursday 5th April 2012 @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
Words by www.heymancheckmyband.com
How is it, that there are so many good musicians around that so few people get the opportunity to hear? It’s a question we often ask ourselves, and the reason we do what we do. We write about music in the hope that it will reach more ears as a result. Thursday night at Sticky Mikes was a reminder of just what a worthwhile cause this is.
The entertainment for the evening began with Guy Alfred. One man with a guitar, who charmed the audience with his relaxed demeanour. He certainly wasn’t going to let a few sound difficulties get in his way. Unfortunately he played to a rather small crowd, as first supports so often do. This is even truer when the number of acts for the night hits four. That the crowd was so small was more an indictment of the early starts demanded by irritating sound curfews, than of his performance.
Thankfully the crowd swelled in time for Clockworks. They immediately injected a dose of energy into the evening. “Jacksonville” was dominated by a squeaky baseline and impassioned vocals. There were anthemic moments throughout the brief set, but the highlight was a slow burner, in the form of “Headlights”. Black Bonds continued on the theme of increasing power, and general noise. A night a Sticky Mikes certainly leaves ears ringing the next morning. On this occasion they were ringing with a winning combination of hectic rock, gruff vocals and lamenting bass.
Colour Movement took things back a notch with relaxed opener “Future Man”. Len/Leo’s vocals soared atop funk edged instrumental as the band conjured images of a journey across the night’s sky. The easy journey continued with the more grounded rock of “Rest”. Throughout the set, commanding vocals provided direction amongst the intricate soundscapes. There was a Kings Of Leon cover thrown in, an obvious nod to the Southern Rock influences that play a definite part in this bands look, if not so much their sound. Next time you find yourself facing a dull night in, head down to a venue and appreciate some live music, you’ll feel all the better for it.
Date: Wednesday 11th April 2012