THE CRIMEA

Live review

Didn’t spot this on the main page, so here’s Liam O Sullivan offering a glowing report of the band playing at the Liverpool Academy 3 on the 8th of Feb, over at Glasswerk. And if I’ve remembered how Greymatter mangles entry text, the More entry might even work. Meanwhile, Chris posted profiles of the band over at the Crimea Livejournal Community a short while back, and scholars of Davey’s music career may be interested in this collection of clippings being eBayed.

The Crimea @ Liverpool Academy 3
8th February 2006
Supported by: Cord, The Pedantics

It?s been quite a while since I last saw The Crimea, then known as The Crocketts. After years of only gaining mild recognition in the valleys of South Wales, the ?cow punk? band split up, moved to London and reformed as The Crimea, moving to a completely new style of music. I was apprehensive about the gig as I had read the bands? online blog about nightmare gigs at the start of the tour. Thankfully there was nothing to worry about?

In the seemingly tiny Liverpool Academy 3 an surprisingly diverse crowd has gathered. Anyone from the ages of 15 right up to mid 40s are all present. Local boys, The Pedantics kick off the support acts and the band that were formed from the ashes of The Bandits acquit themselves well in front of the small crowd that has just walked in. The set is high paced with a lot of fun funky tunes and at 45 minutes it is one of the better and longest support slots I?ve ever seen. Next up are Norwich-based, Cord, who probably suit the Crimea support slot better with their keyboard-orientated rock. At times it is too shouty for me, but despite small flaw, glimpses of their musicianship shine through. The band announces that they will be returning to Liverpool soon for a support slot with Orson.

The stage is then prepared for the main act, with a strange and slightly terrifying painting of an elderly gentleman reminiscent of Wurzel Gumage. White fairy lights surround the stage and red drapes are everywhere, creating a great atmosphere. The Crimea enter the stage to the rather odd sound of a baby crying, then all becomes clear as they kick off the set with the brilliant Baby Boom. Moving straight into album opener White Russian Galaxy, lead singer David MacManus seems to be nervous all the way through the gig shifting around the microphone hardly opening his eyes, thankfully this doesn?t detract from the performance.

The band rattle through the album tracks but also include a great Marvin Gaye cover and the b-side of an upcoming release, with MacManus only stopping to introduce certain songs by reciting humorous alternative lyrics. Other stand out tracks of the night are Girl Just Died and Bad Vibrations, with a fantastic little riff all the way through. Despite the rather disheartening tone of the song titles, all the songs are feel-good uplifting songs. This in some respects reminds me of what the Arcade Fire were able to do with their debut album Funeral.

The night concludes with Opposite Ends, a fantastic cover of Fleetwood Mac?s Everywhere and the latest single Lottery Winners on Acid which is accompanied by two bubble machines which gives a wonderful end to an excellent gig. It seems The Crimea have finally found their feet and I?m sure things can only get better for them over the next 12 months. The tunes are memorable and the lyrics are strong (not many bands can make such a dramatic transformation in sound and manage to pull it off like The Crimea have), the only disappointment is that more people aren?t here to witness it. Well done guys, and thanks for a fantastic night.

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5 Responses to “Live review”

  1. Denyer says:

    Added a couple of bits.

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