When Kscope announced ‘A Night At The Union Chapel’ we knew it was going to be something truly special. Over the past few years this record label have been putting out some of the finest progressive music around, from Steven Wilson’s solo work to Ulver. Tonight’s one-off showcase features some of their finest talent performing stripped-down sets in an intimate setting. Who else could we send to review it than Amit Sharma?
Six things we found out when we went to A Night At The Union Chapel:
1) Opening the night are Nosound duo Giancarlo Erra and Paolo Martellacci, who set the tone for the evening rather well. As it is not the full band, you can’t help but notice how much these songs end up sounding closer to Erra’s recent Memories Of Machines venture with Tim Bowness.
2) Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief is tonight’s main support with songs that verge within the realms of indie and post-progressive rock, somewhere around early Radiohead and Muse. By the end of the set he has full approval from the 800 strong crowd, who are encouraged to clap the rhythms to his closing song and do so obligingly.
3) It’s an interesting audience tonight – a very diverse cross section of music lovers from young death metal fans to older prog connoisseurs. There’s a chap in a Deicide shirt sat on the front row looking like he’s about to cry on the shoulder of a rock veteran in a Pink Floyd top. Not your usual crowd.
4) Of course the one band everyone is here to catch tonight is Anathema, who are performing as a trio with just the Cavanagh brothers and Lee Douglas. Songs like ‘Dreaming Light’ and ‘Flying’ sound even more fragile and exposed than they do normally, making tonight’s set especially breathtaking even by Anathema standards.
5) The sheer genius of Daniel Cavanagh as a composer and a performer is evident when he manages to recreate melodies that are integral to each song by creating loops with his guitar and then sitting at the piano to play over them. Vincent actually jokes “Danny Cavanagh on one-man band” at the end of the show, which isn’t far from the truth at all.
6) Clocking in at only 45 minutes, the Anathema set leaves the audience wanting more – which is always the best way to play it, especially given that tonight is more of a label showcase than their own night. Witnessing Kscope’s very best in such an enchanting venue could just about make this prog event of the year.
Last month, Anathema released Falling Deeper. It’s a collection of old, old songs of theirs, completely re-worked. It’s fancy and good. Falling Deeper