REVIEW: The Magic Band/Blood Choir The Fleece by Tony Benjamin 9/10
I WAS expecting more of Blood Choir, a guitar-toting acoustic duo who weren't the four-piece rock band I'd seen on the internet. Faced with a hall of rock-minded blokes, their whispish Goth/folk and talk of necromancers seemed a bit out of place.
This gig was celebrating the late Don van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart and, when John "Drumbo" French announced the Magic Band and the five members kick into My Human Gets Me Blues, the first signs of life are observed from the audience and, from then, on it's mostly positive.
French's voice is remarkable, exactly channelling the tones and inflections that made Beefheart such a phenomenal singer. With fellow founder member Rocket Morton grinding out bass lines, guitarists Denny "Feelers Rebo" Walley and Eric Klerks clashing and weaving, and drummer Craig Bunch whaling into the kit, the sound was familiar.
Though an uninitiated ear might hear disorder in the broken rhythms and unusual harmonies, this is in fact, precisely composed. It's a brilliant achievement and a final sequence ending with Big Eyed BeansFrom Venus is a proper climax, which left a roomful of pilgrims still in the grip of that Magic.
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