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PURESSENCE @ THE RITZ, MANCHESTER 21/04/11 - REVIEW BY SHAY ROWAN

No finer example of this frustrating phenomenon can be found than tonight at The Ritz where the headliners are Manchester’s Puressence, a band whose history has spanned almost twenty years and seen them release six albums of considerable quality.
During this era we have witnessed the rise and demise of a huge number of male, guitar orientated bands from the great to the downright mediocre.
With the exception of a relatively short period following the release of their second and arguably finest album “Only Forever” – Puressence have been largely and unbelievably overlooked by both the music buying masses and also by those who have hoisted far lesser talents onto undeserved pedestals.
None of this matters one jot tonight however for the long serving and faithful support that gathers every time that these particular boys are back in town.
Top quality support from Exit Calm, Manchester’s Lowline, and a quirky and inventive set from Loop Aznavour set the scene for the evening and Puressence take to the stage to a huge ovation from the packed audience.
They consist of three excellent musicians fronted by the kind of charismatic front man that most bands would kill for.
James Mudriczki possesses swagger and confidence by the bucket load and uses this to tease and cajole the crowd into increasing levels of adoration.
Tonight’s gig also marks the launch of their sixth and latest album “Solid State Recital” and although there has always been quality shot through each of their previous works, this collection of songs heralds a true return to form and of those showcased tonight ‘Majesterial’ and the quite beautiful ‘Cape Of No Hope(Water’s Edge)’ are standout tracks.
It has to be said however, and with all due respect to more recent releases, that the ‘golden’ period of the first three albums is the source from which the seasoned fans derive the greatest pleasure when they are served up live.
Mudriczki pours his heart and soul into each tale of love, loss and emotional turmoil, delivering every line with his outstandingly distinctive vibrato and enough power to rip shards of glass from the mirror-balls that adorn this famous old venue.
In a ninety minute set that never dips in quality the band play as if their very future depends on it and in truth perhaps it does!
As they return for their encore the faithful bay for more and they are rewarded with a trio of crowd pleasing favourites – ‘This Feeling’, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Sharpen Up The Knives’ closing a blistering set.

The night ends with a mutual display of respect and gratitude and Mudriczki leaves the stage with a wry grin and the words

 

 
One time or another I am sure that we have all asked the question as to why he/she/they didn’t achieve the success that they deserved. No finer example of this frustrating phenomenon can be found than tonight at The Ritz where the headliners are Manchester’s Puressence, a band whose history has spanned almost twenty years and seen them release six albums of considerable quality. During this era we have witnessed the rise and demise of a huge number of male, guitar orientated bands from the great to the downright mediocre. With the exception of a relatively short period following the release of their second and arguably finest album ‘Only Forever’ – Puressence have been largely and unbelievably overlooked by both the music buying masses and also by those who have hoisted far lesser talents onto undeserved pedestals. None of this matters one jot tonight however for the long serving and faithful support that gathers every time that these particular boys are back in town. Top quality support from Exit Calm, Manchester’s Lowline, and a quirky and inventive set from Loop Aznavour set the scene for the evening.

Puressence take to the stage to a huge ovation from the packed audience. They consist of three excellent musicians fronted by the kind of charismatic front man that most bands would kill for. James Mudriczki possesses swagger and confidence by the bucket load and uses this to tease and cajole the crowd into increasing levels of adoration. Tonight’s gig also marks the launch of their sixth and latest album ‘Solid State Recital’ and although there has always been quality shot through each of their previous works, this collection of songs heralds a true return to form and of those showcased tonight ‘Majesterial’ and the quite beautiful ‘Cape Of No Hope(Water’s Edge)’ are standout tracks. It has to be said however and with all due respect to more recent releases, that the ‘golden’ period of the first three albums is the source from which the seasoned fans derive the greatest pleasure when they are served up live. Mudriczki pours his heart and soul into each tale of love, loss and emotional turmoil, delivering every line with his outstandingly distinctive vibrato and enough power to rip shards of glass from the mirror-balls that adorn this famous old venue.

In a ninety minute set that never dips in quality the band play as if their very future depends on it and in truth perhaps it does! As they return for their encore the faithful bay for more and they are rewarded with a trio of crowd pleasing favourites – ‘This Feeling’, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Sharpen Up The Knives’ closing a blistering set.

The night ends with a mutual display of respect and gratitude and Mudriczki leaves the stage with a wry grin and the words: “Stick with us – we may just make it”. Have a listen – you may just agree!

Review & photos by Shay Rowan

http://www.puressence.co.uk

During this era we have witnessed the rise and demise of a huge number of male, guitar orientated bands from the great to the downright mediocre.
With the exception of a relatively short period following the release of their second and arguably finest album “Only Forever” – Puressence have been largely and unbelievably overlooked by both the music buying masses and also by those who have hoisted far lesser talents onto undeserved pedestals.
No finer example of this frustrating phenomenon can be found than tonight at The Ritz where the headliners are Manchester’s Puressence, a band whose history has spanned almost twenty years and seen them release six albums of considerable quality.
During this era we have witnessed the rise and demise of a huge number of male, guitar orientated bands from the great to the downright mediocre.
With the exception of a relatively short period following the release of their second and arguably finest album “Only Forever” – Puressence have been largely and unbelievably overlooked by both the music buying masses and also by those who have hoisted far lesser talents onto undeserved pedestals.
None of this matters one jot tonight however for the long serving and faithful support that gathers every time that these particular boys are back in town.
Top quality support from Exit Calm, Manchester’s Lowline, and a quirky and inventive set from Loop Aznavour set the scene for the evening and Puressence take to the stage to a huge ovation from the packed audience.
They consist of three excellent musicians fronted by the kind of charismatic front man that most bands would kill for.
James Mudriczki possesses swagger and confidence by the bucket load and uses this to tease and cajole the crowd into increasing levels of adoration.
Tonight’s gig also marks the launch of their sixth and latest album “Solid State Recital” and although there has always been quality shot through each of their previous works, this collection of songs heralds a true return to form and of those showcased tonight ‘Majesterial’ and the quite beautiful ‘Cape Of No Hope(Water’s Edge)’ are standout tracks.
It has to be said however, and with all due respect to more recent releases, that the ‘golden’ period of the first three albums is the source from which the seasoned fans derive the greatest pleasure when they are served up live.
Mudriczki pours his heart and soul into each tale of love, loss and emotional turmoil, delivering every line with his outstandingly distinctive vibrato and enough power to rip shards of glass from the mirror-balls that adorn this famous old venue.
In a ninety minute set that never dips in quality the band play as if their very future depends on it and in truth perhaps it does!
As they return for their encore the faithful bay for more and they are rewarded with a trio of crowd pleasing favourites – ‘This Feeling’, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Sharpen Up The Knives’ closing a blistering set.
The night ends with a mutual display of respect and gratitude and Mudriczki leaves the stage with a wry grin and the words:
“Stick with us – we may just make it” Have a listen – you may just agree!