Live at Leeds Beckett University on Thursday, 12th March 2009
I knew this was going to be a gig with a difference as soon as I entered Leeds Met for the show with Noah and the Whale. A large crowd had gathered at the stage early as the band had brought along their own travelling gilt-edged cinema screen showing a succession of short films by friends and fans.
The retro footage of bright young things in lush landscapes really held the attention of most and was much better than waiting around as with most gigs. It passed the time quite nicely and the only thing missing was the ice cream interval.
The band rattled through songs from the first album with great ease and the fans were also given a taster of songs from their forthcoming second album responding with rapturous applause.
The stage was heavily backlit with back projection and side lights making the whole visual effect something very special. Most of the songs from the first album were here including my favourite "Give a Little Love". Trying to sing along whilst trying to take photos is not an easy thing to do without looking stupid, but the crowd didn't mind as they were all joining in too.
The highlight of the evening must without doubt be the sunny summer hit "5 Years Time" and the engaging "Rocks And Daggers", with its chiming guitar, skittering drum pattern and Tom Hobden's folky fiddle; two classics if ever I have heard them and they should be on a Greatest Hits album in years to come.
This band have everything: great songs, great stage presence, good looks and a real good fan base. The future looks very bright indeed for these guys. Let's hope they come to Leeds again real soon!