ULU, London Thursday 13th September 2001
The first thing that hits you as Witness begin is the massive difference between the sound they make onstage, and the sound they make on record.
WORDS: Phil McMinn
PHOTOS: Hayley Madden www.click2images.com
|ED HARCOURT / WITNESS - ULU, LONDON
Two years ago, Witness were rightly being heaped with elegant praise for the
storming debut album 'Before The Calm'. Positioning themselves in an acutely
atmospheric, emotionally detached middle-ground between Radiohead and The
Verve, it seems incredible that the band now find themselves supporting
ego-maniac upstart Ed Harcourt.
However, they are, and in their relatively brief set, Witness give
forewarning of what could have been, if their studied, soulful melancholic
swathes of guitar music had been embraced with as much love as they clearly
infuse into their own work.
Tracks such as 'Here's One For You', 'You Are All My Own Invention' and
'Under A Sun', from the rather more commercial and 'up' new album of the
same name, come replete with sweeping chords and choruses, exaggerating the
dramatic scale of their transformation over the two records.
However, it is the lovelorn tremors of 'Still', a stripped-back 'Hijacker',
driven onwards by vocalist Gerard McKie's glorious, bruised baritone, and a
menacingly taut and droning 'Too Far Gone' - all from the debut album - that
reach for the magic of horizons not quite reached. Of course, there is still
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