Gig Review by Sara Reynolds with Photography by Wayne Fox

Troumaca

Tonight at the Rainbow really is a night for Brummies to be proud – as both bands on the bill hail from the Midlands.

Dumb

First up is Dumb a four piece who despite their tender years, perform an accomplished and tight set. It’s clear despite their age that their sights are focussed on big things. They play a series of guitar based ballads, which are reminiscent of late nineties American based pioneers Nirvana, Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins. Dumb keep it short and sweet with a six tune set that certainly gets the crowd warmed up with a few indie chicks drawn to rock out at the front, and at their crescendo big up tonight’s head-liners Troumaca… ’enjoy’.

Troumaca

Next up… Troumaca mean business… regarded by many as the next big thing to come out of Birmingham…their commercial potential was spotted one sunny afternoon back in 2012. Attending our very own Mostly Jazz festival Giles Peterson witnessed Troumaca’s talents and signed them on the spot.

Troumaca

Since then Troumaca have played Mostly Jazz again in 2013, and courted a string of high profile festivals with their charms. Their sound, which has been coined by some critics as a form of Tropicalia certainly lends itself to the festival environment. Tonight though Troumaca recreate the festival party vibe, playing songs from their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘The Grace’. Troumaca themselves describe their sound as Bass escapism, soul and dub, according to their facebook page, and it is clear that it’s influenced by earlier Birmingham bands including Steel Pulse and UB40, but what really sets them apart is their marrying of these and other influences from the likes of bands such as Radiohead. It is undeniable that Troumaca have forged a truly unique sound, and from what I know feel they are now very close to reaching what is within their ‘musical minds eye’.

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There’s no chat between songs, which gives the feeling that you’re kinda listening to ‘The Grace’ as if straight from the album, (although the running order is certainly changed – for your surprise and delectation). They begin with ‘Trees’ my personal favourite, an evocative, and almost spiritual ballad, they produce some exciting renditions of ‘Sanctify’ and ‘Gold Women and Wine’, and mix up lead vocals between Sam and rhythm guitar/vocalist Geoffrey Foulkes. By the time we reach ‘Kingdom’ song nine on their set list the crowd and band are as one enraptured in a mutual frenzy of exotic sound.

Troumaca

For their last song ‘The Grace’ they sing ‘spread your love’ and with the crowd rocking to every electronic and drum mixed beat it really does feel like an anthem to spread not only the love but the word…Troumaca clearly have arrived.

Troumaca

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