Live Review: Flashguns at London Old Blue Last – 2nd December 2010

By on Friday, 10th December 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Well, it’s been very snowy here in London which means it’s been very cold, which inevitably means that the whole of the UK’s transport system effectively and efficiently grinds to a halt. It happens every year and will probably always happen every year! Nonetheless, I had tickets to the Flashguns single launch at the Old Blue Last and I was going.

Having reviewed their latest single, ‘Come and See the Lights’, I was looking forward to hearing how they performed live. I arrived at the venue and the band had just gone on stage, the room was packed out with what seemed like mainly friends of the band, or maybe fans too, considering the radio support these guys have had in the past. It’s a small stage in here and a somewhat curious venue for a single launch, but we settled in all the same.

I was hoping to hear a really energetic three piece, embellished with the epic vocals and ambiance I had heard on the record, but unfortunately that didn’t really happen. The band had some technical difficulties on the night and it’s a shame as it seemed to be affecting them and they couldn’t get into the gig. Saying that everyone else in the room seemed to be enjoying it, but the sound and performance just wasn’t doing it for me.

The third or fourth song in the set was the single, ‘Come See the Lights’, which was delivered well, but lacked the nuances and production of the record that ultimately turn it into something special. Don’t get me wrong, the band were tight and obviously made the best of a bad situation. There just wasn’t enough dynamic on stage to really hold my attention, even for a set this short; the band only played five or six songs, so hardly had time to leave much of an impression.

Once Flashguns have played some more shows at some bigger venues, I could definitely get behind them as they have some great songs and are great musicians. For now I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but the jury’s still out on this one.

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