Blue Orchids and Black Doldrums @ Gullivers
Another in a series of gigs that are being held in Manchester as part of the Musicians Against Homelessness fundraising campaign, again being held at Gullivers in the Northern Quarter.
The Black Doldrums have been causing a bit of a stir and their name is being banded about so it is good to catch them live. The duo, from London, play a heavy, bluesy, droney rock which is part psychedelic, part grunge. They set out to impress during their 45 minute set, and impress they do with a serious drum sound that reverberates along with a guitar that toyed and teased with effect driven feedback. With such great songs I cannot wait for their return - their CD, Exit City Lights, is excellent!!
After a short break it was time for a highly anticipated set from the Blue Orchids. Formed by guitarist/singer/lyricist Martin Bramah who quit The Fall after Live At The Witch Trials was recorded their activity is best described as intermittent as it has been pretty much since the early days. However, this year has seen a relative frenzy of activity from them. A successful ‘Pledgemusic’ campaign has funded the release of a new album of material (their 6th), The Once And Future Thing and has seen them tour too. Tonight’s set is post-punk heaven for those in attendance; the bands music is as chaotic and psychedelic as you would expect and is a journey through their musical history, rapturously received by the audience.
Many thanks to Andy White for inviting us along to be part of this fundraising event and for organising a great evening.