SIGHTS & SOUNDS. Underworld, Camden. 30.10.09

Some gigs feel huge. Mostly those headlined by modern rock behemoths at mega stadiums with lights brighter than the sun and sound systems loud enough to crack the earth in two. It is very rare indeed to see such a show at a venue like the Underworld- an ordinary dark room, half full with ordinary people, on an ordinary Thursday night. Sights & Sounds though, are no ordinary band, and from smoky, slow-burning start to roaring, cinematic climax, the Canadian band conjure up a consistently epic, potent and truly powerful sound.

Of course they were always going to sound special so long as they came anywhere close to recreating the material on their ‘Monolith’ record, but tonight’s setlist is no mere going through the motions or tired retread. ‘Sorrows’ is massive (and every other adjective that means bloody huge), ‘The Clutter’ gets cut in half but still feels labyrinthine and hypnotic, never dull, and erstwhile Comeback Kid singer Andrew Neufeld folds himself in half with the effort of getting ‘Storm and The Sun’ out, and generally being an all-round towering frontman.

His exertion pays off. This is music you feel in your head and heart and chest, a show where the band loom like legends and you could be the only one they’re playing for, a gig that melts into your memories never to come out. This is the sort of show that has you all out of superlatives after just the first song, lost for words…


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