Gig review - Aqualung


13. Apr. 2007, 14:00

Last night I went to ULU to see Aqualung.

In a fantastic return to form with the support acts, we had the wonderful Kate Walsh, a singer-songwriter who reminded me strongly of both Jenny Lewis and Martha Wainwright, which is No.Bad.Thing. I was so impressed, i bought the album (and got a free aqualung one too!). Hopefully i'll see her again at some time in the future.

Now, I wasn't actually a fan of Aqualung. That's not to say i don't like them, but i've just never heard their stuff before (or at least that i'm aware of). They were simply awesome! ULU is a tighly packed little venue, and it was rocking like nobody's business!

Matt Hales, who to all intents and purposes is Aqualung, is a really nice, cheery and, well, just normal, guy. I've seen his brother Ben Hales playing guitar for Duke Special. I've sadly forgotten the bass player's name, but the drummer David was utterly unique in that he actually played the violin during one song. I don't think i've ever seen a drummer play anything that didn't need to be hit, or the guitar, before, so that was a nice treat! (He played the xylophone too, but that was somehow less impressive after the violin!)

Matt may seem to be very normal, but there is a key difference to run-of-the-mill nice people: he knows how to write beautiful songs. Not just beautiful songs, but beautiful songs in so many different styles, and not forgetting how to rock out too, so much so that he had to take his spectacles off before he "rocked them into the crowd" (I also can't remember the last time i heard someone of my age call glasses spectacles!).

I'm not going to list any of the songs, because i have no clue what any of them were, but they were all brilliant!

The whole gig was recorded, so hopefully i'll be able to get hold of a video version sometime to relive it!

I may not have been a fan when i went in, but i certainly was when i came out!

Left Behind
Breaking My Heart
Something To Believe In
Vapour Trail
If I Fall
Another Little Hole
Rolls So Deep
Easier To Lie
Brighter Than Sunshine
Pressure Suit


Broken Bones
Strange and Beautiful
Black Hole
Akzeptierte Übermittlungen
Fibre Optic


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