Blanket’s Side of the Moon
Words and Photos: Anthony Firmin
Under the light of a full moon installation, cinematic post rockers Blanket (that’s prog to us older folk) are at the Harris Gallery in Preston to perform their album How To Let Go in full. They impressed us greatly when we caught them opening for Zeal & Ardor but this show see’s them execute their music on another level entirely, and it goes some way to explaining why they are rated so highly, post rock at its very best.
“This is crazy” exclaims Bobby Pook as the huge moon displayed above very slowly turns around on its axis, and as Simon Morgan turns on the axis of his heel he briefly knocks all the backline power off for a few seconds – the band carried on regardless.
Like the glow of the moon above, the power and majesty of their music radiates us all here. Vocoder processed vocals echo around the central chamber as a video plays above drummer Steven Pellatt, the visuals being a key ingredient to the overall presentation from Blanket.
For this evenings show the band are supplemented by cellist Elizabeth Preston along with a couple of backing singers who help to elevate the music to a higher celestial plain, their presence in the mix not always obvious but when it is there it is wonderful.
The sound of new single Beacons cascades and bounces around the columns majestically as bassist Matthew Sheldon bounces around the stage, the band are clearly enjoying themselves and that radiates out into the audience, many of whom are friends, family and long time supporters.
As the band strikes their final chords it strikes me that I have experienced something very special this evening. More bands should take advantage of these ominous, yet less obvious buildings for events like these...
Blanket will be carrying out another interstellar show at the Bluedot Festival at Jodrell where they will be playing on Friday 19th July.