Gig Review by Sam Higgins with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Starsailor

Arriving a little past 8pm meant missing the first support act, Judas. I did take a CD from a guy handing them out, though. They sound like they would fit in very well on this bill. It’s nice to see bands using a more traditional(ish) method of promotion, it’s been a while since I have seen anybody handing out CD’s at a gig.

The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks

By the time I’d grabbed a drink from the bar, 4 young lads have made their way onto the stage. The Sherlocks set starts strong, the crowd enjoying it all from the off. They sound familiar, ‘another guitar band from Sheffield’, but there’s something a little different about them, especially in songs like “Escapade”. They’re a tight band with some great hooks, I just felt they looked a little nervous on stage. Hopefully with a few more gigs under their belt, they’ll relax a little and enjoy it as much as the audience did.

Starsailor

The room is filling up now, the Starsailor fans of the Midlands are arriving at Wulfrun Hall. A few more minutes and stage lights dim, entrance music begins to play. Starsailor kick things off with “Poor Misguided Fool”, a track from the first album an excellent, powerful song to open with.

Starsailor

This tour runs alongside the release of “Good Souls: The Greatest Hits”. I half expected to hear more from the last album, but was impressed that they played such a good selection from the earlier records. I’m biased towards Starsailor, after seeing the live DVD of “Love Is Here” in 2002 inspired me to pick up a guitar. Even with that said, I forgot just how many well written songs they have.

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The 5 piece have a thoughtful, tasteful arrangement. I feel as if each musician and instrument has it’s own area in every song. There’s never competition, everybody has precisely the right amount of space.

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Richard McNamara, guitarist from Embrace, joined the band on stage this evening. It was a great addition, as it enabled songs with the front-man, James Walsh, playing acoustic to contain the lead lines found on the records.

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James’s performance stood out to me most, his vocal delivery was flawless throughout. I smiled when I recognised his bottle of water on stage that I’d seen on the DVD in 2002 appear, replacing the cap each time he’s taken a sip. James thanks the crowd a few times over the course of the set, he seems like just a genuinely nice guy.

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Starsailor end the Wolverhampton show with, of course, “Good Souls”. Everything about the gig was a success. The atmosphere, interaction and response with the crowd, through to the sound and lighting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to see them again.

Starsailor

The UK tour continues until the 17th October, after which the band move onto Europe. They’re definitely worth trying to catch, more information on tickets here.

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