Words & Images | Craig Taylor-Broad
Radiohead fans are renowned for being massive dickheads who avidly support the band regardless of their output, I know this solely because I myself am a Radiohead fan. It was a brave move ten years ago then for Easy Star All Stars to create Radiodread, an album that covered Radioheads seminal album ‘OK Computer’. Here we are then on a rainy Saturday evening, with the band celebrating the albums ten year anniversary at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion’s, but first we have support band Regime…
The audience may be slow to arrive during opener Regime‘s set but that’s certainly their loss as the band move through a set that is as fun as it is politically charged. Full of energy, smiles and crowd interaction, Regime move beyond the ever increasingly tired and contrived genre of reggae, only seemingly happy when using pulsating baselines and hip-hop inspired vocal lines in order to crush what we have come to expect from the genre. Tonight Regime proved that they are a band to keep an eye on and furthermore, evidence that you should always turn up to shows in order to watch the support acts.
By the time Easy Star All Stars have entered onto the stage the venue has filled up somewhat which is incredibly relieving as Princess Pavilion’s has a tendency to feel depressing when even vaguely empty. What ensues however is a performance that feels lacklustre, paling in comparison to the passion shown by the members of Regime. While covers of songs by the likes of Radiohead and Michael Jackson to name just two of the acts offered tonight show the creativity of a band able to just about turn anything into a reggae style, there is a lack of dynamics that these original acts have, with Easy Star All Stars often tumbling down same old predictable reggae roots. That said, the audience lap up every note offered by the band tonight, proving that perhaps there is an element of fun that can be gained from the miserabalism that is Thom Yorke.’