“We’ll be as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away ...” Hollow Horse, 1985.
Quite prophetic lyrics when you consider that over 30 years later the band are still going strong and packing out venues, even in the middle of no-where.
The Icicle Works are one of the few bands left touring who give you the best part of 3 hours of consistently great music, and tonight was no exception.
I love Ian McNabb – it’s no big secret – but don’t let that fool you into thinking that this review is done through rose coloured glasses, because if it had been pants, I would not have hesitated to tell you so!
On the contrary, it was bloody awesome, and I’m sure everyone in attendance would agree.
I’ve never heard the band play the same set twice, so for fans hoping to hear ALL of their favourites, a show doesn’t come with that guarantee, but Holmfirth were treated to MOST of the biggest hits tonight, with very few of Ian’s solo numbers thrown in ; in my opinion he’s one of the greatest song writers this country has ever produced, so it’s always a bonus to get a few of his better knows songs in there too.
They tried out a couple of tracks from the new album “Star Smile Strong”, which seemed to go down well with the crowd, but there was no doubting the fact that this audience were there for the Icicle Works classics, and their reactions at times, were pretty hard-core!
It was fantastic to hear “Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)” make it into the set – with it’s recent inclusion in Netflix ‘Stranger Things’, it’s enjoying a bit of a global revival – other firm fan favourites included “Hollow Horse”, “Love Is A Wonderful Colour”, “What She Did To My Mind”, “Understanding Jane”, “Shit Creek”, “Who Do You Want For Your Love?”, “Evangeline”, “Starry Blue Eyed Wonder”, “When It All Comes Down”, “Out Of Season” ... to be honest I lost track a bit, I was enjoying myself a little too much. #yourefired.
The sound in the Picturedrome is always brilliant, and there doesn’t seem to be a limit on how loud they can get it without killing the attention to detail. It was certainly on the upper end of the scale tonight, and the band sounded tighter than ever before – McNabbs voice kills me every time ...
If you’re reading this and wishing you’d been there, don’t worry because the guys are on the road throughout November, and the early part of December –
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