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Music review: Moongoose

Yorkie's band delivers something different at Static

Published on December 10th 2010.

Music review: Moongoose

VENTURING forth on a freezing cold night to watch a mainly unheard-of band is not something I normally do, but, my interest piqued by reports of Moongoose's last live outing, I undertook this seemingly foolish task, wrapped up like some bizarre Christmas eskimo.

Moongoose last played Parr St Studios in September, after weather conditions deemed the scheduled venue (St. Luke's Church at the top of Bold St.) unsafe.

The band have, apparently, been going quite some time, a studio 'hobby' of David “Yorkie” Palmer, ex-bassist, among other things, of legendary Liverpool chart-toppers Space.

The fact that he had decided to take the band out live was interesting. A quick search on the internet and I found a couple of tracks that were almost as baffling as they were intriguing.

On arrival at The Static Gallery I found myself in the company of people hoping to witness something a little different from the norm.

Moongoose took to the stage and looked immediately like they were in danger of leaving again: apparently some technical hitch.

Then it began: a pulsing, throbbing concatenation of sound which, it would become apparent, is entirely their own.

The band remain virtually motionless throughout the set, with fits and starts from either or both of the guitarists, but with a drummer so animated he almost distracts from the filmed projections.

And what projections!

Almost a symbiotic relationship with the music is achieved with the visual effects. As if each song had it's own self contained world in their presentation.

By the third song, I clicked that there was to be no vocals. A refreshing change and something that I for one never missed.

The sound carried on, pulsing like Carpenter, tearing shreds out of the songs with razor sharp guitars and dazzling with those images.

It seemed over far too soon: the band left the stage as a song played all on it's own, solely in the company of it's own images.

They then ambled back on stage for one last tune: a shuffling, almost funky beast that was truly mesmerising.

This cinematic experience left my ears ringing and my eyes dazzled.The fact that on paper this shouldn't work at all, but in reality works so splendidly, is a true testament to all involved.

I have seen gigs at The Static Gallery which have been better attended, but came away thinking I'd seen something in Moongoose that was totally unique.

When's the next one?

Ben Matthews

*The 'Silhouettes & Shadows' EP is available on Imprint Of Quality as a digital download from HMV, 7 Digital, iTunes, Napster, etc

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