IT’S at moments like this when I feel torn between those ever-present existential extremes of happiness and sadness.
Happiness because I’m stood right at the front watching two excellent Birmingham bands play in a tight little venue. Sadness because I’m able to do this with a considerable degree of ease.
Considering both of these bands are local, and that Untitled Musical Project aren’t exactly newcomers anymore, there should probably be a few more people here.
However those that did show were treated to The Gravity Crisis storming through a set that their more established stage mates found difficult to better. Lead singer ‘JP White’ definitely has more than a bit of Iggy Pop about him, skinny exoskeleton with icy stare that any Vietnam veteran would be proud of.
He lurches barely coherently around on stage whilst managing to sing all about Japan, or something. It doesn’t really matter, The Gravity Crisis are an entrancing live band, and hopefully due an ever-increasing amount of recognition within this city’s boundaries and beyond.
You know what you’re getting with Untitled Musical Project, shout-shout-riff, it’s a simple formula, and it equals extremely good fun. Tonight probably wasn’t their best night (perhaps down to a “retina burning” light directly in front of bassist Andrew Graham) but nonetheless it was entertaining.
UMP are never going to be anything but thoroughly good with songs like ‘Why isn’t Paul McCartney dead already?’ but nothing beats seeing a new band excel themselves live as The Gravity Crisis did tonight.