Friday, October 31, 2014

30.10.2014 LAMB (and support act The Ramona Flowers) @ The Institute Birmingham

Isn’t it funny how misery can add charm to a performance?! LAMB bass player Johnny came on stage with an injured leg while Andy Barlow’s & Lou Rhodes’ lighting technician apparently spent his time in the hotel throwing up, leaving the Institutes in-house lighting guy to add pulsating light effects to a pulsating, high energy show.

Promoting their new album ‘Backspace unwind’ brings LAMB to Birmingham and ,although the hall is not that full, they were bringing the house down. They sure know how to work the crowd.

The majority of the tracks came from the new album and Lou Rhodes delivered beautiful vocals over Andy’s often almost ambient beats and soundscapes.

In her white gown Lou looked simply stunning and the way she carries herself on stage lets listeners/viewers escape to their own worlds while being fully present to witness one of Britains best electroic acts doing their magic on stage.

Older gems like the chart topping ‘Gabriel’ or ‘What Sound’ also enriched the set and there is just nothing anyone could find to dampen the experience. One could really see and feel how enthusiastic LAMB are to perform live and it has been a great experience.

Easily 5 stars out of 5

Opening act The Ramona Flowers also rocked the house albeit it to a somewhat limited response which seems to be the fate of support acts who often play in confined spaces, limited light effects and a not-so-great sound. They played quite a few numbers from their current album and, given the right tools, could go far in the industry. 

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