4th May 2000 - Blackpool Tower Ballroom
a support group you are always doomed in two ways. Firstly, in playing to
somebody else’s crowd and secondly being limited to a small selection of your
But Witness took the chance in giving a most
promising preview of their forthcoming album which seems to be even more varied
than their debut album.
The five new songs they are playing tonight are
altogether more up-tempo and rockier and first seem to stand in a contrast to
the songs of ‘Before The Calm’.
There’s still the sweet melancholy and whispering resignation of ‘So
Far Gone’, but on the other hand the dynamic rage of ‘Don’t
Suffer Fools’ (working title), tonight’s opener, or the guitar-flooded,
psychedelic piece of music that is ‘Wake
Down’, the song closing their 30-minute set.
You firmly get the impression that where the band
earlier seemed not only to be unobtrusive but almost reserved, they are now
coming more and more out of their shell, confronting the world with what they
have to say. However, they still don’t do it in a showy and overbearing way
like some of their contemporaries do.
You realize that Witness will never aspire to the
ordinary as they are having their own uncompromising vision of the world. A band
inspiring rather than bawling out their issues. But will you only notice if you
Witness might not (yet) have the mass appeal of
tonight’s headlining act but if you keep your head and heart in the right
direction, you will not have to worry about your feet.
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