Tall Ships at Scala
It seems like a long time coming, but the packed rafters of the Scala were living, jumping, screaming proof that Tall Ships have sailed onto this year’s top-music radar. Following the acclaimed release of their debut album, Everything Touching, the Falmouth three-piece are busy mesmerising crowds across the UK, and are sure to be festival masterpieces this summer.
Kicking off the night was T=0, a deliciously heavy and intense track that clearly satisfied the expectant crowd. Singer Ric Phethean introduced the band simply: “We’re Tall Ships and we’re here to play some songs.” Something of an understatement judging by the shrieks and applause coming from the crowd.
Phosphorescence went down well with the enraptured audience. Matt Parker threw some interesting shapes on his bass, clearly living and loving the moment. Ode to Ancestors was another stand-out of the night. The band were visibly enthralled by every second of their own performance, and gave out such captivating energy it’s hard not to fall head over heels with their sound. The trio showed an odd mix of nervous shock and gleeful excitement at the turn out of the night – it’s clear they’re in awe of their own success.
Gallop was a raucous delight of noise that had the audience bouncing. Tall Ship’s sound is reminiscent of Antidote-era Foals with their complex guitar layers and synth percussion, only there are heavier bass lines and a lot more smiles.
In an industry that’s churning out indie-rock hipsters in their masses, it’s hard to differentiate talent from hype, however, Tall Ships have an aura of ambition that secures them as a real gem in this year’s music books.
Photos: Bartek Odias
For further information and future events visit Tall Ships’ website here.
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