When: 2 March 2013
Where: The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
We're a little bit late on the uptake here – but Emperor Yes (yes, YES)! How has this band not been on our radar until now?!? As Emperor Yes virgins, we were instantly captivated by the intergalactic pop that filled the Sunflower Lounge. The trio delivered their end of the world news in a shiny happy fashion, right down from the smiley vocal delivery to the cheerful electronics. Undoubtedly, this was the most uplifting set we've witnessed in ages.
After T=0 gets the packed-out basement room going for Tall Ships, the set is plunged into the first technical difficulty of the night. As the guitar goes out, it's a scramble to get the kit working again. And two false starts later, Tall Ships finally recompose themselves and get the show back on the road. With their producer and ex-Tubelord synth guy joining their live ranks, the band are able to bring a new dimension to album tracks in the live medium. The ethereal Idolatry is simply stunning, whilst Gallop is an anthem we can all relate to. The band also sneak in some older material from their rich back-catalogue, with Plate Tectonics and Vessels getting a thumbs up from the audience, who lend their voices to a sing-a-long. Closing with Hit The Floor, the band reinforce their standing as one of the UK's most interesting live acts. Long may the band continue to pleasure our ear holes.