ROCKPALAST: ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE From the Koln Palladium show with Noel Gallagher, December 4th 2011. They played: Empty At The End, Lily, Cold World, Number One, Silent To The Dark, If I Can Dream (click link to watch)
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SUB 071 VIDEOS 29TH NOV (click link) BROADCAST, IF I CAN DREAM, LOSE YR FROWN, SILENT TO THE DARK, START AGAIN, EMPTY AT THE END, SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE, LILY, COLD WORLD
Tour Diary 2011 Part 2: By way of a second (Europe) instalment of the Tour Diary, here’s a little song I wrote the day after we came home from Europe, pretty much detailing how this particular jaunt around the mainland felt, cut to some photos from the trip. ENJOY! TWX Watch Here
Come All Ye – Le Cargo session at Truskel 5th Dec
ESP Session at lecargo.org Google Translation: After a great concert at Truskel Thomas White and Andrew Mitchell play an impromptu mini-session. We had to record 3 acoustic songs before the concert, but delays and technical problems meant that it was not possible. So they talk about it after the show. They have already given so much for a night, not to mention the fatigue of the tour… The Electric Soft Parade are rock’n’roll on stage but behind the scenes, they are of a rare kind and the opposite of the rock star cliché. So they propose immediately to do an acoustic song for Cargo! The Truskel told us about the basement but there are people and little light, while Thomas suggests the toilets. We hesitate a little but in fact the toilets of Truskel are cleaner and less odorous that some Parisian streets and well above the average bar. So we have to shoot in the toilet lobby with Thomas on lead vocals and guitar and Andrew on backing vocals and go for a classy cover of Fairport Convention.
Casino De Paris 6th December Videos (the concert audio was very loud: may need to adjust volume)
SILENT TO THE DARK by pitifreak
MISUNDERSTANDING by Laurentia05
LILY by wildsessionFR
LILY by saibu79
Photos at rockerparis.blogspot.com “When we get in the support band was already on stage, part of the audience wanted them out, they took it with a laugh; too bad they’ve done a great set ending with a smashing ten minutes song”
Paris Truskel 5th December Videos
Photos by Olivier Rodriguez
NUMBER ONE by saibu79
MISUNDERSTANDING by saibu79
Review + Photos: brightonparis.blogspot.com Google Translation: The two brothers “White”, Alex and Thomas, were present in Paris last week, along with the rest of their musicians for our enjoyment (to our delight) I first had the chance to see them at Truskel on Monday night for a very intimate concert. The group gave us a setlist quite diverse with old songs like the excellent “Silent To The Dark” and new ones like the beautiful new single “Lily”. Thomas begins on synth, while his brother’s on guitar, and then they change, their voices blend perfectly, I loved their complicity on stage, and their comfort with the public. Alex even goes to the drums, unfortunately hidden behind a wall… half of the crowd could not see this excellent performance and hilarious drummer facial expressions. The atmosphere is excellent, we would like these moments to last longer. But we still have a little live acoustic, in the toilet, yes yes!
Review + Photos: lecargo.org Google Translation: The Electric Soft Parade are like a friend you had lost sight of and found in a bar to drink a few pints with. The first song, Start Again, is good and strong as we would not have thought possible in the small corner room that serves as a stage in Truskel. The setlist mixing songs we know by heart with a few excerpts from A Quick One EP, recently released. We find them as good as they have been known some years ago, in fact even better… In a small room, one meter from the musicians, there is no choice we are plunged in with them.
Cologne Palladium 4th December Videos
SILENT TO THE DARK by tent23
START AGAIN by tent23
Rockpalast The songs escalated from an almost gentle way to start the powerful pop tunes. After the absolutely perfect opening song “Start Again” from their debut album ‘Holes In The Wall’, the guys absorbed every second before a large audience. The grand finale The Electric Soft Parade played “If I Can Dream” and left the stage.
Review at pretty-paracetamol.de Google Translation: Before Gallagher and band came on stage, The Electric Soft Parade played. Honestly, I did not know anymore that there is still the band from Brighton. The mid-00s, they were once very popular, their album “No Need To Be Downhearted,” was for me at that time the smartest piece of British pop music. Then they disappeared from my sphere of influence. In the summer of this year, “A Quick One”, an EP with two covers and two new songs… In half an hour they played a good handful of their songs and well. Unfortunately, I missed “No Need To Be Downhearted (Part 1)” and some other great songs from the 2007 album.
neulich-als-ich-dachte.blogspot.com First, there was naturally a support act, in this case, Electric Soft Parade. Like Oasis this British band was founded by a pair of brothers… but at least Alex and Thomas White still pretty good. They opened with their very entertaining performance of “Start Again” and also played their biggest hit “Silent To The Dark”.
Amsterdam Melkweg 30th November Videos
LILY by its211me2
SILENT TO THE DARK by its211me2
COLD WORLD by strangedaysindeed9
Review at incendiarymag.com (click for full review) There’s simply no denying the fact that ESP stepped up a level for their short Melkweg set. Polished, assured, confident and clearly loving and feeding off the larger crowd the five of them simply played their socks off.
They sounded fantastic too, in particular a delightfully quirky Cold World and another fabulous, if somewhat clipped version of Silent To The Dark. However, special praise must be given over to Lily, a song that simply gets better every time I hear it. Its delightful guitar lick gets under your skin quickly, aided by a clever little tip tap drum beat. The way the second guitar comes in to wind you into the chorus works wonderfully too and where that would be enough for most bands and the song could perfectly exist in its form as a quirky little three minute number, I simply love the way they drop the whole thing into reverse, turning the last third of the song on its head. It’s an absolute joy and the kind of thing that ESP seem to be able to do in their sleep but it’s this ability to swap and change styles without ruining the song that marks them out above so many other pop/rock/indie bands.
They came, they saw and while they may not have conquered the Melkweg (for fans were still streaming in through the door as they finished) they certainly left the stage with more fans than they arrived and it was a pleasure to witness them on stage in what is their rightful home. The larger stages suit them because they can handle it… Their tunes are powerful enough, and deserving enough, to play these large rooms and there’s a lot of potential in this current line up that has yet to be fully developed.
Leiden SUB 071 29th November Videos
UPDATE: SUB 071 VIDEOS 29TH NOV (click link) BROADCAST, IF I CAN DREAM, LOSE YR FROWN, SILENT TO THE DARK, START AGAIN, EMPTY AT THE END, SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE, LILY, COLD WORLD
BRUXELLISATION by Incendiarymag
Review at incendiarymag.com (click for full review) It was a delight to hear Bruxellisation again, the way the song dovetails between light and dark is a clear example of ESP at their best and even the forced guitar change during Number One couldn’t stop the crowd’s heads from bouncing along with delight. If That’s The Case Then I Don’t Know was remarkable and seemed almost too powerful for this tiny room. Played slightly faster than usual the song tore into life, building up to a quite frantic conclusion but the price of admission was encapsulated in the quite fantastic version of Silent To The Dark. The song must have clocked in at close to fifteen minutes. The extended Krautrock wig out at the end was simply magnificent. With Damo, Matt and Andy in top gear, Tom and Alex traded playfully back and forth between guitar and keyboards for ages, adding layer upon layer of slightly surreal and transcendental musings on top of that momentous rhythm, before building the song up through its riotous tub-thumping section into a fierce and frankly shattering conclusion. Trust me, you’ll want to search the tinterweb to get a listen to this version, it was outstanding.
Whereas normally that would bring the curtain down on any regular show, ESP were having so much fun they decided to treat, nay spoil us, somewhat with the powerful and pounding Broadcast, an ESP remix of Brakes favourite Comma, Comma, Full Stop and a scuzzy, fuzzy and frankly triumphant cover of If I Can Dream. It was a version filled with yearning, self pity and real power, a version the King would have been proud of and with that, ESP left the building.