September 14th 2017
Okay, okay, I take it back about “Jericho” – I just needed to see it performed live!
John Hackett’s vocals really are soft and disarming, whereas Jeremy Richardson’s are considerably harsher, but together [live!] it works.
In fact, when you see JHB live, you realise exactly why their studio album sounds the way it does, and why each piece fits. [I still don’t like coffee revels though, just so you know].
JHB have one of those rare on-stage chemistries, that is practically perfect.
All members are equal, and that’s ultimately apparent with the fluidity of which they perform.
You have to start with the quality of song writing, of course, and whilst each individual band member makes their own fabulous contributions to the writing – to see them bring their work to life together, as a band, is something else.
The setlist comprised both vocal and instrumental pieces from the new album, but also previous compositions, which gave a great genre crossing vibe ; throwing in a bit of jazz, and some rock n roll, with classical twists.
For me, the highlight of the show was “Satellite” – it’s such a beautiful song, and when Hackett, and bass player Jeremy Richardson both take to guitar alongside Nick Fletcher, the harmony of those 3 guitars is sublime.
Until this show, I had never seen anyone play a vertical flute.
I had seen a man stand on one leg whilst playing a regular flute, but to watch John Hackett play vertical flute was really quite fascinating – I clearly should get out more.
It had also been a while since I had seen someone play guitar like Nick Fletcher! It isn’t often that you find a classically trained guitarist who can translate such mindful talent as his, into shredding like a cyborg on a PRS!
It was a hugely enjoyable gig – whether you’re a ‘prog’ fan or not, I am certain you’d still be impressed.
If you’ve recently bought the new album “We Are Not Alone”, which includes a Live album of the bands Classic Rock Society show in May 2016, then you’ll be able to identify with how good these guys are, but I can honestly tell you that their AATMA show was even better, and I would strongly recommend trying to catch them whilst they’re out on the road ...
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