Post by ME Forum Master on Jun 16, 2011 12:52:57 GMT
As the first gig for the UK/Paris tour is only a couple of nights away I thought I should set up a thread so everyone who attends can give us some feedback on how it went. I'm lucky enough to be going to the Colchester gig so will feedback how that went but if you've been to any of the other shows let us know your experience of it. I'm really interested to know what the set list is as we've been promised 'a couple of surprises'!
I can't wait to see the concert tomorrow! This is a dream comes true. I will give you some feedback but I am usually not very good at remembering the set lists (my "aural memory" is soo bad!). I will try my best.
Post by ME Forum Master on Jun 20, 2011 9:00:21 GMT
Well, if you want to know what the Paris gig was like you can watch this video of the band performing 'I Melt With You'. vimeo.com/25311025 Looks like it was a good size audience and seeing the beads of sweat on Robbie it must have been quite an energetic gig!
First of all, it was a complete surprise to see them in concert in Paris. To be honest, in the 80's, they were an underground band in France, only known by new wave / post punk connoisseurs...
The place: la Flèche d'Or (the Golden Arrow) is an old disused train station not without its charms. Three other bands were playing that night so the sets were limited in time (approx. 40 minutes). Too bad for Modern English but, hey, it was so good that people were happy with that.
They started with "Someone's Calling", my favorite song, so you can imagine my reaction!! Then "After the Snow". Basically, it was a delightful kind of "Best of" ("Black Houses", Life in the Gladhouse", etc) with a couple of surprises (very early songs including "Swans on Glass", Robbie needed notes to sing these song!), a song from the last album and at the end, of course, "I Melt With You". I am forgetting 2 or 3 songs ("Spinning Me Round"?) but I hope someone will provide the complete set list.
Full of energy, good spirit, great sound, moving, funny... it was really awesome! Do not miss this fabulous band, go to the UK gigs!!! I presume the sets will be longer so you are lucky!
PS: Modern English, do not wait another thirty years to come back in Paris!
Post by ME Forum Master on Jun 20, 2011 9:06:05 GMT
Just seen posted up on rockerparis.blogspot.com/2011/06/modern-english-flying-turns-mirrors.html that the set list was: 1. someone's calling 2. after the snow 3. tables turning 4. swans on glass 5. black houses 6. soundtrack 7. life in the gladhouse 8. move in light 9. I melt with you This page includes a link to yet another video of the performance of 'I Melt With You'. Anybody video any of the other songs?
Post by ME Forum Master on Jun 27, 2011 10:17:27 GMT
Well, as I attended the Colchester gig I thought I should let you guys know what it was like. As it was the first time they have played their hometown of Colchester for 27 years I expected it would be brilliant and I was not disappointed. The band were all on top form and Matt, their new drummer absolutely thundered away through the set list. The sound desk did a great job as you could hear every instrument really well. The gig started well with 'Someone's Calling', 'After The Snow' and the fantastic 'Tables Turning' but kicked up a gear when they started to play their post punk, early material, 'Swans On Glass' 'A Viable Commercial' and 'Black Houses'. With these tracks they sounded powerful and in charge. Never has their art rock sounded so tuneful. These went down well with the audience, many of whom remember when the band cut their teeth with these tracks in the Colchester pubs and clubs in the late 70's. More than that Robbie kept spotting people in the audience he knew from their early years. Next came 'Soundtrack', which though their newest song the performance fitted in well with their early sound, which fed straight into the power bass line of 'Life In The Gladhouse' and another 'Mesh & Lace' track 'Move In Light'. After these the return to pop standards 'Hands Across The Sea' and the ubiquitous 'I Melt With You' had to be played and were well recieved but the crowd were more pleased with the encore of '16 Days - Gathering Dust', so much so they demanded a second encore. This was definitely a special night for all concerned. The fans were so pleased to hear their favourite band in their hometown again and you could tell that the band were really enjoying themselves amoung friends. I cannot over emphasis how on top form the guys were, this was no light hearted concert for old times sake, the obvious energy, and power shown in the performances from everyone involved showed a high level of musicianship and real love for their music, in particular their early material which was totally re-vitalised. A fantastic show enjoyed by all.
Post by ME Forum Master on Jul 5, 2011 8:11:56 GMT
James McGalliard travelled all the way from Melbourne, Australia to see, amoung other things, 'Modern English' live at The Grove, Wimbledon. You can read his review in the section 'London Fields' - page # 52 streetpress.com.au/online_mags/DM/DM_1066/ It was also published in Melbourne the following day. Thanks James
Saw the guys yesterday afternoon at the Colchester Free Festival. Less old guys like me than expected. The rain showers abated and the sun shone when they finally got on stage, later than expected. A great, but short set, due to time constraints. It was great to see them again since that 1st time at the Venue, Victoria, some 30 years ago. I remember seeing them play a fine set at UCL. We didn't realise it was an anti fur gig and my girlfriend was very quick to put her fake fur coat into the cloakroom.
Went to the gig at Dp's bar at Aldeburgh on 28/08/11. It was fantastic, the band and set was excellent. The lads played with such energy it was like a debut gig. Many many thanks, we will have to get you to Norwich, Mark from Sprowston.