Well, after 'The Mudkiss Punk Party' on Sunday it was time to wind down and what better way than to go and see Bat For Lashes. Although a Wednesday night gig isn’t really conducive for me being mid week and work the next day. However we were at our favourite venue Manchester Academy to see Bat For Lashes, fronted by Natasha Khan, supported by a band we were unfamiliar with Yeasayer all the way from the USA. They describe themselves as Enya with bounce. The house was filled to the brim, with a mixture of ages, mainly down the front the younger element, some adorned with head feathers and sparkles.At this point I have to apologise for the quality of the images, I did apply for a photo pass many months ago and heard nothing back, so had to take my compact digital.The photo pit was pretty packed though!
We didn’t have long to wait to find out about Yeasayer, initially I thought they would be a little dreary, as they appeared somewhat electronic based, but after a couple of songs they soon warmed up and some beautiful sounds emerged, which transported me to hot climates, such as Australian & South African drum beats, shiny happy people with sounds to match. I have to say the guitarist reminded me of a young Joe Strummer, which can only be a plus. Photos here
The Band: Anand Wilder, Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton
I loved the way the band all clapped in unison to ‘Trophy’ and 'Priscilla'. The beautiful song ‘What’s A Girl To Do’ was dedicated to “All the ladies”. The songs swung between romantic and dark poetic lyrics with an ethereal quality. Natasha might only be slight but she amazed me the way she managed to own the stage, with perfect pitch and spectacular professionalism and huge sound which filled the hall. The band were also a delight to film, so here's some more images and of course the video clips. Photo Gallery
Setlist: Glass, Sleep Alone, WIzard, Bat's Mouth, Horse & I, What's A Girl To Do, Daniel, Tahiti, Sirens Song, Trophy,Two Plants, Perals Dream, and returned to a raptourous encoure with Big Sleep, Wilderness, and Priscilla.
The Band: Natasha Khan, Ben Christophers, Charlotte Hatherley, Sarah Jones.
Review/photos/videos by Mel 14/10/09