It was a bitterly cold night in Glasgow last Monday when I took myself along to the O2 ABC for a bit of a change of pace. Although I would never class myself as a diehard fan I had always enjoyed what I heard, in particular 1998′s Big Calm album. It’s a bit of a sentimental one for me with it being one of only a handful of albums my wife owned when we first got together. I heard it a lot.
But this was no bad thing, it brought back some good memories and Skye Edwards has a voice that I could listen to day in, day out and never get tired of it. The real trick was whether it would come across as well live.
Opener ‘Make Believer’ from the new Head Up High album was a very laid back start but once the Big Calm twosome of ‘Part of the Process’ and ‘The Sea’ kicked in the crowd started to get it’s groove on. Up until now the sound had been not quite right, the bass being a bit overpowering, but once that settled down Skye’s vocals really started to shine.
New single, ‘Gimme Your Love’ followed and included a decent bit of crowd participation before a decent if unspectacular cover of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ a couple of songs later. This was followed up with the haunting ‘Crimson’. This is off 2010′s Blood Like Lemonade album, not one I had gotten around to listening to before, but what a track. One of these songs that, when played live, seems to build up, layer upon layer. Ross Godfrey’s guitar was sounding fantastic during this and despite it being a new track for me was probably the highlight of the set.
They finished up the main set with a spinetingling ‘Blindfold’ followed by another new song, ‘Release Me Now’, which picked the pace up a little bit. Maybe not the stand out of the new material but pretty catchy. The band came back for a 3 song encore, kicking off with ‘I’ll Fall Apart’ from the new album. They followed this up with ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’, the band’s biggest hit single which segued neatly into closer ‘Face of Danger’, again from the new album. This saw Skye taking over Chali 2na’s rap in the middle as unsurprisingly the Jurassic 5 rapper wasn’t there. Got to be said, she did a great job of it.
This was a really enjoyable wee gig, sadly not quite as busy as one might have hoped though. Skye’s vocals were outstanding and the new songs stand up really well alongside the best parts of the band’s back catalogue.
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