A nice pile has appeared on my desk of various CDs, DVDs, and PR announcements. The brain has recovered from the over-consumption at the NFD gig so its time for another column.
Last week saw a cracking performance from goth metallers NFD at the Barfly in Camden. Hot on the heels of their cracking new release Dead Pool Rising and some of the highlights of the disc were on show including the single “Light My Way.” It was heavy as hell and dreadlocked lead singer, Peter White, is impressive in his gruffness and stamina. As you would expect, the band played several tracks from their collective pasts including at least one Fields of Nephlim/Nephlim tune. On the strength of this gig I would encourage you to see this lot live, in addition to picking up their latest release. Quality goth all round. NB: If you live in London you can catch em' at Fight Club at the Mean Fiddler on the 30th of this month.
Tommy Emmanuel: Live at Her Majesty's Theatre
Unlike his recent CD Mystery, this DVD is not an all-instrumental affair, thus is a bit more interesting to watch and listen to. As it’s a homecoming gig for him in Oz, he plays a few covers including “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” More interesting is the fact that he sings quite a few tracks on here and shares the stage with his wonderfully voiced fiancée, Elizabeth Watkins. Her ethereal voice adds an extra layer to the music. They, of course, sing their cracking duet “Walls” to much approval. Emmanuel is a rather good guitar player, if not the most charismatic bloke in the world. Fans will eat this DVD up, as will those who are into their guitars. Not quite sure what it holds for those who have never heard of the man. At 1 hour and 20 minutes, the DVD is not that long by today's standards.