Sorry. I’m a bit late with this. The gig was last Friday evening, and I was supposed to write it up and post within 24hrs. But first of all I had a bit of a cider hangover (thanks Bruv, Gordon & Ali), which took out Saturday. Then I ended up working all the way up on the Cumbrian coast on Sunday (took me so long to get back I missed the World Cup Final). And finally I got an email from Michael Hann on Monday morning saying that The Graun wouldn’t be using the review even if I sent it! So that kinda took away any sense of urgency I might have had.
But back on-topic, our mini-social group eventually prised ourselves away from the Ring O’Bells bar and the sunshine, and made our way into the Minster, and we settled into a pew. A little further back and out than I normally manage, so not the best view in the place. But then DsUncle had said – with the experience of having seen Midlake several times already – that they weren’t the most visually arresting band anyway.
First up, a support band by the name of GoldLake that I admit I’ve never heard of. Interesting enough, if a little schizophrenic. They seemed to range from folk-rock to shoegaze musically, and from hippy-chick to 2-Tone visually. They played this one in their seven song set:
When I suggested and bought the Midlake tickets, I’ll admit I was more fuelled by my enthusiasm for The Minster as a venue than by my near-forgotten copy of The Trials Of Van Occupanther album. Playing that whilst working in the week running up to the gig, I found I didn’t feel the love for it that I thought I remembered. This could have turned into a rather awkward evening! Fortunately, it didn’t. A simple but effective lighting rig worked well with the venue; they didn’t try to turn the sound up too loud (which is the one time it goes wrong in The Minster); the playing was immaculate; and the songs definitely pushed my buttons more with some live oomph added to their sound. And as they played almost every song from recent album Antiphon, I may have to check that out sooner rather than later. That would certainly be the opinion of ‘Bill’ & Emma Finn, Midlake fans who’d travelled down from Teesside to see the band for the umpteenth time. I don’t know them, but the band do, calling them out for a namecheck and thanks. A quick chat with Bill made me a little ashamed of my indifference towards TTOVO, but I didn’t let on. 😳
Here, to finish, is a three song playlist, all from the gig. Band intro (from promoters The DogHouse) and Ages; the well-known Roscoe; and a Dylan cover, with added GoldLake, from the encores. Ages in particular has some sweeping shots of the inside of the church, if you’re interested.