Friday, 14 January 2011
131 10,000 MANIACS, KEVIN MCDERMOTT ORCHESTRA, Bristol Studio, Monday 22 May 1989
Back to "normal" gigs after a couple of Godlike performances from REM; still, old favourite Kevin McDermott is a bit porkier and longer of hair these days, fronting a band (his "Orchestra") who rocked out in an impressive, Irish folky, rootsy, bluesy way. Good stuff!
As for the Maniacs, they were as patchy and as disappointing as their current LP "Blind Man's Zoo", more wispy, flyaway and insubstantial than previous, more melodic and intriguing outings. Vocalist Natalie Merchant's liberalist preaching left a bad taste which was compounded when she scolded some of us for dancing (just dancing, not slam-moshing or anything violent)! Hey, I'm at a gig; no-one tells me not to dance!
Final score; McDermott 4, Merchant 1. Sorry, but your support band did you good and proper, Natalie...