Tall Ships, The Rainbow, Birmingham 14/10/12

In the atmospheric setting of Birmingham’s Rainbow Warehouse, Falmouth’s Tall Ships played out an impressive set on an uninspiring Sunday night. The set was played out in the Rainbow’s Warehouse which oddly has a glitter ball hanging from the ceiling. In a venue set up for all night raves, this was a little odd but still added to the atmosphere. There was no sign of ‘Funky Town’ or Travolta style White suits.
The trio opened with ‘T=0’, the powerful bass drum shaking the walls of the Rainbow, the guitar thundering into the riffs. The tight sound somewhat going hand in hand with the acoustics of the warehouse, drowning out the dire dance music coming from the other room. You can tell these boys practice hard, the keyboards working perfectly in tandem with the guitar and percussion. This creates moments of musical beauty.
The songs seem to be partially instrumental, vocals coming in at the beginning or the end of songs which works really well. It’s refreshing to see a band that brings something different to the table. The tried and tested formula of intro, verse, and chorus has totally been thrown overboard. This is used to great effect with the awesome ‘Vessels’, the crowd loudly singing back the final few lines. The trio’s smiles beaming with delight. There was also a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ directed at bass player Matt Parker’s Father. On another emotional point the band revealed that the track ‘Oscar’ is named after a friend’s son. This band has a heart.
Overall this was a great performance. Tall Ships convincing me at least, that they are something far more than being pigeonholed in the ‘Math Rock’ genre. They keep things very simple in their energetic live performance. Words to the audience were kept to a minimum as they seem to focus firmly on the music. I seriously recommend that you catch these boys live or check out their new album, Everything Touching. You will not be disappointed.
Photographs by Jonathan Morgan

Dave Holyhead

Huge fan of real music both old and new. Favourites include, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Courtneeners, Kasabian and anything inbetween that can bring joy to my ears.
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Dave Holyhead

Huge fan of real music both old and new. Favourites include, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Courtneeners, Kasabian and anything inbetween that can bring joy to my ears.

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