As previously mentioned I went to see this band last night. My friend Simon was kind enough to take me there in his Lotus Elise. That made for a fun ride down the country lanes. I reckon it's about 15 years since I last went to The Junction when I first saw Living Colour. The area has changed a lot since then. We had to wait a few minutes for Mark who had got us the tickets. He used to be in a band with Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
The audience seemed to tend towards men in their fourties, or older in some cases. In any case it was packed in there. We missed the support, but didn't have to wait long for the main act. They played for about two hours including all of their new album that entered the charts at number 31 this week. They seemed pleased with that. I didn't know their material apart from what I had found on-line. It's what I'd call 'serious rock'. Very technically competent without being too showy. There was lots of use of projected video, largely of dysfunctional kids. I can't say I picked up too much of the lyrics, but I gathered that it was not the happiest stuff. Possibly similar stuff to Radiohead, but then I don't know what Thom is on about much of the time. I go for the overall sound and in this case it was pretty good. There were some odd time signatures, 6/8 for one song and something I couldn't work out in a fun instrumental in the encore.
So I enjoyed it. I may look at giving their work a better listen some time.