Review: Roland Stanbridge-Miles
SOME thrills - but not enough. I had been given a ticket for
in advance, as part payment for a Massive Attack ticket earlier
in the year, so I just went along with it.
In the weeks leading up to the gig, I heard more and more about
The Thrills and everyone I mention the name to is really jealous
that I had a ticket.
But I hear a couple of songs, and I'm not impressed.
However, when I heard The Zutons, friends of fellow Scousers,
The Coral, were supporting, I looked forward to seeing them.
Maybe I imagined it, though, because there was no sign of them,
only a dull American band, sounding a bit like early Radiohead,
but, sadly, without being really fucking good, or even just good.
The Thrills are better, though their first couple of songs are
a bit boring.
Then they produce their single, Big Sur, which shines and sparkles
like Belle and Sebastian at their finest - rare praise indeed!
Ironically, I think it's one of the songs that I didn't like
on the radio - so maybe they're one of those bands who need to
be seen live. I hope so, anyway.
However, their songs then return to the previous mediocre standard,
but are again followed by a brilliant classic pop tune, which
is this time followed by (almost) equally good songs.
They've won me over, so, of course, they disappear, then when
I return from the toilets and they return for an encore, the songs
slow down and my interest drops.
Potentially, The Thrills are a really good band, but I think
they have been hyped up a bit too soon and too much pressure has
been placed upon them.
Even though the gig wasn't one of my favourite so far this year
- not in
the same league as Gonzales, Blur, Super Furry Animals or the
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - I can definitely picture them achieving huge
success in the future (they don't seem to be doing too badly at
Hopefully, they won't do a Travis, or Stereophonics, and make
one and a half good albums, before becoming
increasingly crap with each release.
A pretty good night was then rounded off with an unexpected bonus,
when I was handed a
CD on the way out featuring Mylo's 'Destroy Rock 'n' Roll', a
track which had me vainly buying Jockey Slut in an attempt to
find it, due to some
dodgy information from Colin Murray!