big trend (big_trend) wrote in gravenhurst,
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Borderline, London, 16/11/2004

I have been going to see Nick Talbot play gigs for seven years, in four different musical incarnations. Last night's Gravenhurst gig was the best I have ever seen. He was joined by drummer Dave Collingwood and guitarist/bassist/backing vocalist Paul Nash. This is the third show I've seen with this set-up and it blew the others out of the water.

The sound was perfect, the singing was pitch perfect, and the loud bits or (or 'sonic elements', whatever) made total sense and worked perfectly, and were not in conflict with the quieter moments. The audience was awed and respectful. Tunnels was perfectly realised, I've never heard it done better. My girlfriend was sobbing in I Turn My Face To The Forest Floor. I was sick to my stomach during Entertainment, which when played acoustically is a mournful ballad about going to a prostitute, but with full band turns into an epic Red House Painters-style love song to a prostitute, with guitar that builds and builds and expert use of a full drum kit (think Grace Cathedral Park). Black Holes In The Sand was perfect and the feedback at the end perfectly timed and controlled. Flowers In Her Hair is my favorite Gravenhurst song but I think I've overplayed it so it didn't wow me as much as on previous occasions. The Kinks cover See My Friends was devestating, as was Diane. Nick eschewed the Telecaster he's used at previous full band gigs, playing a semi-acoustic Epiphone for most of the show, switching to the acoustic only for Flowers In Her Hair.

I was privileged to be there.

Set list was:

Tunnels
I Turn My Face To The Forest Floor
Entertainment
Song From Under The Arches
See My Friends
Diane
Flowers In Her Hair
Black Holes In The Sand
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The Diver
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