Thursday, November 04, 2004


It’s been a rather stressful week, which coupled with the toothache hasn’t exactly left me in the mood for a gig tonight. However there is probably only one band in the world that could cheer me up and luckily enough it’s them that we have tickets for tonight. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Polyphonic Spree.

The stage at the Academy 2 is far too small (it makes the stage we had for them at Greenbelt look spacious!) as a result it takes a good 2 minutes for the all to weave their way through the kit etc into their places and at times the front line kindly ducks down to allow the audience and the rest of the group make visual contact!

Nothing however can hold back the exuberance and the packed venue is soon bouncing up and down and being swept along with the sheer joy of it all.

The set is a triumph, with fantastic rearrangements bringing new life to the songs from the two albums. To be fair though they are clearly preaching largely to the already converted, which may prove a frustration to them, but selfishly makes the atmosphere even more electric.

Suitably enough they return for their encore through the back door of the venue, snaking their way through the adoring crowd and up onto the stage (ironically this seems to work better then the earlier attempt to enter from the wings!).

All too soon it’s over though and we wend our way home, tired, but quite a bit happier.

A great night, but I don't think Tony should worry too much...

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