By Harvey Williams-Fairley
Nowadays, in my humble opinion, a majority of bands who I am fortunate enough to see live are usually dealt a great deal of justice by their recordings. They are in fact the very reason why us gig-goers are then coaxed from our bedrooms and into mosh-pits. Because the bands we admire, your recordings are so lovely that we want to spend money and see our favourite tunes played for real. Sometimes, due the machines of modern magic, the recordings are far better than the bands live performances. This to me is upsetting, as although I always enjoy live music, I do feel somewhat cheated. I can only hope these bands had a bad show or make some serious progression. In fact how often have you ever been able to say to yourself that a band’s record doesn’t do them justice, in a more interesting turn of events this happened to me recently – and this is the very thing I had to say to Phil Hussey after his gig last Thursday night at the Good Ship in Kilburn, London. Brighton based ‘bruiser rock’ outfit Blind Motive arrived strong, had the crowd and myself thoroughly engaged – hook, line and sinker! And left us all begging for more…
Blind Motive consists of front man and lead guitarist Phil Hussey, bassist Guy Jones and drummer Frankie Sparrowhawk on the 31st of March the trio played their first gig in three months, returning from a hiatus, having taken time away from the lime-light in order to perfect their sound and tighten up their set list. Boys my hat goes off to you, the time you have spent giving to the grind has really done favours to you and your music. Also, after a three-month break your confidence and stage presence was absolutely sublime. There is a fine mixture of cool, suaveness and ferocious energy when Blind Motive takes to the stage. Hussey admits he steals a few tips from Mr Nick Cave, from mic work to crowd interaction, whilst Frankie & Guy are surely mimicking the courtship behaviour between atoms in a nuclear reactor. Guy puts bassists across the world to shame, proving that instead of being a polite accompanying instrument – the bass is vital in achieving face melting riffs, and also that bassists shouldn’t be stiff shouldered numpties who stare at the ground the whole time. The energy coming from these two can only be described as wild and infectious, as everyone in the crowd was moving to the deep fuzz blasting from the monitors.
The style of this band is also something to be admired, both guitarists strutting sexy Gretsch’s in apposing Red & Black. Also Frankie is able to pull some serious madness from an extremely stripped down drum kit, of four drums and four cymbals. Aspiring musicians go and see this band! In fact everyone go and see this band, support local music and support theses three lovely chaps!
Truly an effortless five star performance!