No excuse for not living the moment tonight, I forgot to take my mobile phone with me, but that means that there won’t be any shitty out of focus pictures from me! Anyway this gig was another great line up put together by the Magical Mr Coates at Please Please You. Headlined by Miles (ex Epilogues) the night also included three other acts. Excellent value for a fiver I reckon! First to hit the stage was Elk who gave us spaced out folk music backed by acoustic guitar and often by an almost hypnotic keyboard drone. The latter was provided by Mikey off of Miles. There was clearly a whole bundle of emotion in these songs although it sounded like the vocals were mixed a little too low in the quieter moments. The crashing, crescendo like harmonies on some tunes were truly epic. If there is ever another series of ‘True Detective’ some of these songs would fit perfectly.
Wounded Bear was second up. He has warm, rich, sublime vocals with a hint of sweetness. Perhaps the aural equivalent of Jack Daniels with honey. This troubadour tells intricate stories with his songs of love and loss. New song “Civil War” is shaping up to be something very special. Alexander Carson was the nights penultimate performer. He has almost angelic vocals on some truly ethereal songs, many of which deal with death. On paper that might sound like a depressing way to spend an evening, but trust me it is not! Alexander’s use of looping and layering his sounds is honed to perfection. On top of that he is one of the most accomplished keyboard players that I have seen in a while. There were some immense piano flourishes that ran the gamut from classical to jazz and back again. This guy is well worth checking out.
Finally it was time for Miles. I had seen main man Mikey in a previous acoustic guise as Epilogues. He has come a long way since then and he was good when I saw him as Epilogues, he is even better now and the more powerful sound of a band performance suits him well. Most of the tunes seem to have an ambition to be cinematic in scope and most achieve that ambition. The solo tunes seem to carry a great sadness in their ambient parts and this couples so naturally with the soul baring lyrics. “Me” is an absolute killer of a sad lament. While the emotion in “Two Weeks” was palpable to the point where Mikey was moved to shed real tears. Nigel the drummer took on a spoken interlude to thank everyone who supported and worked on the show. Nigel you are a fucking excellent drummer, but stick to that and not stand up comedy. If you love really open heart outpourings in song then Miles are a must for you. This band needs to be heard more widely. Make it happen!
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