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Reviewed on 1st January 2004.


Chris Helme

Live at Joseph's Well on Sunday, 21st April 2002

Helme / Banks / Fletcher... three of the best musicians in... er... to come out of Yorkshire... so ran the "glowing" introduction to the live debut of these three paragons of fine music. Although these will be a fully worked up plugged in live band (with the addition of a drummer) under the name of Super Zero (?) or at least I think thats what Chris said, I'll check the minidisc tonight!

Josephs Well in Leeds is tucked away behind the Infirmary, a fair sized boozer with a small live room downstair which hosts an acoustic evening every Sunday. Hence we are here along with around 100-150 others, some Shed Seven fans, some obviously hoping to hear some old Seahorses toons done acoustic style-y. Truth is, so was I, but that didnt last long, no back catalogues were plundered. Instead we got about a dozen songs, half of which had been newly written by the trio, the other half Chris had been touting around this past year or so. The only nod to a previous life was a version of "When Its Gone", previously a Rising (Pauls post Sheds band) track. That said we did get a sneaky intro to some 'Horses toons from Stu and an "ironic" "Going For Gold" intro from Paul.

This was no polished gig, it was very raw, very under-rehearsed but it worked all the better for that and the fellas obviously enjoyed it. The punters did too judging by the genuine calls for an encore. Nothing was planned so it was an impromptu run through the Rolling Stones back catalogue.

I wouldn't like to comment on the music particularly as it may be misleading hearing these songs acoustically but lyrically you can hear the legacy of the Seahorses although I doubt somehow that Chris would appreciate that?



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