NGOD – Photograph by Lee Jones
Tall Ships. Where have they come from? A few months ago folk were rating them so highly that I guess I was just automatically put off. I’m sometimes guilty of shutting myself off from bands & films that are hyped and thrown in my face, and I never give them a chance. This has forever been the case with even some of my all time favourite bands… Maybe I’ll learn one day?
Earlier this month I went to see Tall Ships perform at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. I’ll freely admit that it wasn’t out of choice, I went to see a few folks for birthday celebrations and it ended up that they were heading to this gig. So along I went.
Up first were NGOD. They were the only band that I actually took any photos of. I remember being pretty impressed by them, and was picking up on some vibes similar to the latest Alt-J release. Not my music of choice by anymeans, but a welcome surprise and the guys were in to it. It felt genuine, which was a relief.
I missed the second band, as I was outside giving my full attention to more vodka. Time moved pretty fast and Tall Ships were up next. I had my camera but oddly I didn’t want to use it, which was not because I was drunk, more because the moment they started playing I was completely sucked in. Each song was seemingly performed effortlessly. They sounded well rehearsed and I find that with some bands that can really take the edge off, which is the bit I genuinely find exciting to witness in a live environment, but there was a real raw intensity in their performance and my interest never dipped for a second.
So this is where I join the small army of folk who told me to bloody check them out in the first place: If you haven’t yet checked them out, then you really should as their release is solid. Oh, and if they’re in your town/city or passing by within a 60 mile radius, then get off your arse and go see them.