Tue 27 May – The War on Drugs, Quilt
The War on Drugs, Koko, Tuesday 27th May 2014. It’s a cold rainy evening in London but our hapless crew of gig goers take refuse in a pub across the road from the venue where it’s so hot it’s almost mankini weather. It’s my 16th gig of the year and I don’t think I’ve gone with the same people to any of them. Birds Eye Andy makes another appearance long with the Burgess brothers, The Head and Big Al with a guest appearance from ‘dirty Leeds’ Simon.
There is a mysterious alchemy to what makes a great gig. It’s a magical combination of sight, sounds, songs, audience, venue, setlist, the company, the band, the mood, the light, the mix and the beer. It’s undefined and impossible to manufacture as the same band can play the same songs at the same venue two nights in a row and it will be different.
Last night was one of those nights where the Musical chemist had the tools but just couldn’t get the ingredients to work together. …