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Live: Neon Waltz

Neon Waltz’s performance lacked energy


October 23rd



Playing support to ex-Doves duo Jez and Andy Williams’ new creation Black Rivers were the rising Scottish six-piece Neon Waltz. No more than a hundred watching but nevertheless much was expected from the faithful in attendance.

Generally however the setlist was marred by poor quality audio with intense, overpowering drumming drowning out both the vocals and additional guitar and organ contributions. In short, although six graced the stage, you could only feel the presence of one.

There were moments however where the band broke through such sound problems and appeared to win the crowd over. ‘Sundial’ proved quite the hit with good collaboration from the catchy lead guitar line in conjunction with an organ melody which resonated well with onlookers from the front to the back.

Disappointingly though the band were let down by the acoustics from the venue of which were arguably not befitting of five instruments and a sole lead vocal. Also, given there were six on stage, those familiar with Gorilla will be aware of the lack of stage space and it will not be surprising to readers that at times the performance lacked the energy which the sound levels demanded.

All in all top marks for effort but little can be said for the performance itself.