The Creature Comfort at Gullivers

The Creature Comfort at Gullivers

Words and photos: Anthony Firmin

There is always a sense of relief when you arrive late for a gig only to find everything is running way behind schedule.  Indie rockers The Goa Express have a sense of 60’s psychedelia about them.  Heavy, yet fun and at the same time accessible.  The band are a man down tonight but still pull it off – The Lizard Queen is a great song and Kiss Me is infectious.

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It’s been a while since I last saw The Creature Comfort, the last time being at SoundControl with a set that was as impressive as it was intense.  Since then, singer and frontman Ben Le Jeune has been grafting, creating a new set of songs for the band.  Now they are back at Gullivers with Le Jeune announcing that tonight he is not going to make a fool of himself, he is just going to stand and sing whilst the audience dance.  But that didn’t last long… not that he made a fool of himself but his absorption into the music and the songs becomes palpable and it shows

If Alone By Your Side was the warm up then Dissatisfied really sees the band get going with Le Jeune making the first of many forays into the audience. The tribal beat of Feel Bad gets the audience dancing, Cool Spot continues the theme and Sauce becomes the perfect condiment for the set. 

Although the spotlight is firmly on the enigmatic front-man, the rest of the band are in the shadows but musically they are tight, considered and in total control whilst the maelstrom is unleashed at the front.  Le Jeunes connection with the audience is absolute, sometimes manic and anarchic, but always engaging – other bands could learn a thing or two from watching this man perform.

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