Spiritualized Acoustic Mainlines Live in London 26.4.07.
Originally Posted 4/30/2007
Spiritualized Acoustic Mainlines Live 26.4.07.
At the Shepherds Bush Empire.
I’d managed to be sold just about the worst seats
in the place for this sold out sit down show with
the Empire fully seated for the first time that
I’ve seen since it stopped being the BBC theatre.
I was in the wings on the second circle just
above the stage lights, if I sat down I could see
two of the 9 piece Spritualized Acoustic
Mainlines band. But if I stood up I had to hold
on to the post behind me as the drop in front of
me seemed to be like some huge void especially
with how stoned I was feeling during the support
band who were pretty forgettable and I don’t know
who they were either.
So while I was inspecting the sculptures on the
ceilings on the Empire and wondering whose Busts
are either side of the stage on come
Spiritualized Acoustic Mainlines to help make me
feel like I am floating high above everything
almost as if I’m Sitting On Fire that they opened
with, in there woozy laid back way the line-up of
two violas, one violin, One cello, pianist,
acoustic guitar and vocals from Jason and three
voice choir. From that slow and woozy beginning
the pace was set on slow very very slow as lord
Let It Rain On Me set one of the main lyrical
themes tonight of Jesus and the lord and what he
will and won’t do for us, coupled with True Love
Will Find You that followed it and set us sailing
looking for the Cool Waves to wash over us and
we’d better slow down some more and say Amen!
Oh Jason you have almost broken out of first gear
by now as Your Soul On Fire had some real
brooding menace going on as the song built and
choir built and everything built till it was time
to go Walking With Jesus one of the songs that he
Played the first time I saw him with Spacemen 3
20 years ago now. It was a cool version but I was
yearning for the Vox Starstreamer and AC30 drone
by this point, The closest they came was almost
upbeat version of Sound Of Confusion, but such
almost 50bpm pace couldn’t last!! As fine as this
band is the pace was just so slow and well Death
Take your fiddle brought things back down to a
crawl once more as Jason had to Go Down Slow more
songs of drug epiphanies and love gone wrong
meant they played All of My tears, Feel So Sad
and Stop Your Crying almost as a suite of despair
the sadness and blue tone was getting a bit
overwhelming. even if the three songs together
got the loudest cheers of the night!!
Well we were into greatest hits territory now as
out came Anything More coupled with Ladies and
Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and Can’t Help
Falling In Love there was almost a glimmer of a
smile on Jason’s face seated as ever facing side
on as you wouldn’t want to look at the audience
Not when you have a Broken Heart that may have
been caused because Baby I’m Just A Fool that had
me almost wishing the end would come as I wanted
something a little more upbeat this was a real
down of a set and when they Played Good Night
Good Night it sounded so baleful that you almost
thought Jason was about to kill himself with the
pain of it all, even Think I’m In Love that
should be uplifting sounded like a declaration of
despair they closed the set with Lord Can You
Hear Me Hear Me at all, lord can you hear me
call, well yes indeed it was a fitting close to a
real slow burner of a show that made the
energetic response from the audience seem totally
raucous after the laid back set they had just
played. They came back and did a cool version of
Oh Happy Day to finish things off with.
I left feeling like I could have done with some
more Electricity tonight as I needed some shock
treatment to wake me up again from this coma
Jason was trying to induce, I still can’t decide
if it was a good show or not!!
Originally posted on Myspace and the unofficial soup kitchen.