August 2, 2008

Soulful Music is Electrifying

Ocean Colour Scene M Club, Crewe

ON WHAT felt like the muggiest night of the year so far, fans turned up in their hundreds at Crewe's M Club to see Ocean Colour Scene.

A large percentage of the audience seemed remarkably young - surely too young to remember the band from the time of their biggest album, Moseley Shoals. Yet their presence is an acknowledgement that not only have Ocean Colour Scene had a highly successful career, they are still popular.

You have to feel sorry for any band- performing on a hot night in a venue with no windows or visible ventilation. But OCS put up a great, energetic and highly appreciated set.

With the band starting with some slower, acoustic numbers, I was beginning to wonder when the gig would actually kick in - and from the initial response from the audience, some of them were obviously thinking the same. Things soon got livelier with the introduction of classics such as Riverboat Song, and by the time Hundred Mile High City rolled around, the crowd were getting into the spirit. The mood was electrifying and the bass pumping.

Simon Fowler's surprisingly soulful and husky voice cut through the rather soupy atmosphere. Some artists disappoint when you see them live, but in this case, the opposite was true - Fowler delivered every note and every word, in particular during his solo moments.

Even if you're not a big fan of OCS, their music is so appealing you can easily get a lot of enjoyment out of one of their gigs.

Victoria Power

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