ROCKPALAST VIDEO: ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE AT KOLN PALLADIUM

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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Electric Soft Parade: Rockpalast Interview + Session

Electric Soft Parade Interview + Session in Cologne, 4th Dec: Songs are LILY + SILENT TO THE DARK – Watch at Rockpalast Fan Videos from Paris, Cologne + Amsterdam: Watch Here Interview transcript:

How are you guys? A: Pretty good.

You took a couple of breaks since the last album at least so what happened inbetween, I know that you just put out an EP in the summer but inbetween, what happened?

A: We started this band with a guy called Eamon from British Sea Power called Brakes, we did that for a couple of years and took some time off from The Soft Parade but yeah… we’re back, with a vengeance.

Did you both join the other band?

T: Yeah, me and Al. I play guitar in Brakes, he plays drums. We took about 2-3 years break. Last year we did a one-off show, it was just a hometown show in Brighton but the reaction was so good, just playing those old tunes again, we thought let’s do another record. This whole tour came about, we never planned to get out to Europe at all, we always wanted to. This is a real surprise for us that this has all happened.

And the shows in Brighton almost became like a regular thing, right, for a while?

T: Yeah, we did a one-off and a few months later we booked a residency and played all our old records back-to-back. It doesn’t sound like a lot, doing one gig a month but when you’ve got to learn 40 odd songs or whatever it is – quite crazy. It certainly gave me proper perspective on our own songs. I kinda saw what the records are actually like and I realised what I like of what we’ve done and what I don’t like so much. It was a really good learning curve.

Is this the first time also that you didn’t go into the studio, just the two of you, you were joined by the whole band for the first time?

A: Exactly, yeah. We’ve always had changing line-ups… we’ve had the same bass-player, Matthew, for many years, since the beginning of the band. We’ve always had different people playing in different line-ups for each tour pretty much and definitely for each record it’s just been me and Tom pretty much in the studio. But we just felt like we’ve got the line-up now, it’s solid, it’s a great band so… we want to record it you know. It was kinda nice not really playing, I just played a bit of keyboards, didn’t really do anything.

So next album is definitely in line?

A: Oh yeah. We’re hopefully going to be working with the guy that produced the first record, we had a great time doing that so hopefully we should get something as good as that.

In the beginning the music business, it seemed like a really cool start for you guys – there was a bit of resignation going on for a while, is that right?

A: I’ve always thought and said that we’ve had our career in reverse compared to most other bands. We started off on a major, did 2 records on a major and then ended up on a tiny indie called Truck, did a record completely by ourselves. In a lot of ways, we’ve done everything in the complete opposite way that any normal band would hope to have their career you know. But that kinda suits us, you know, we’re kinda weird like that, that’s fine.

We essentially did 2 big budget records first and then the third album cost maybe… A: 800 quid… T: To make, compared to like a hundred grand on the second one.

What was artistically better in the end?

T: When we did the residency back in Brighton, I think The Human Body, which is an EP we put out in 2005, 2006, I still think that as a kind of statement is the best thing we’ve done, as a complete piece.

So it doesn’t have anything to do with money really?

T: Not at all, no. Then there’s certain songs on each of the records that are my favourite moments. As a complete package or whatever, The Human Body EP is my favourite, definitely. There’s stuff on all the records… It’s the same with film making or something, it doesn’t matter how much money something’s had pumped into it, if the approach is right and if someone’s allowed to carry out their vision… A: If it’s a good idea, if it’s any good.

T: People like Sparklehorse, there’s stuff recorded on dictaphone and all these different mediums, you know. Doesn’t affect, if someone’s got that kind of vision.

Are you guys able to support yourselves completely nowadays through music or do you do other stuff as well?

A: No and no is the answer to both of those. We don’t make money really, it pays for itself. Back in the day we used to spend a lot of money going on tour, it would cost 20 grand for a bus, sound guys and tour managers and all this stuff and we’re kind of doing all that ourselves. We’ve got a sound engineer with us. It’s stripped down so it doesn’t cost much to do.

Hopefully we can make this record pretty cheap and make some money off it because the silly thing is when you’re on a major and you’re spending so much money on a record, you can’t really ever make it back… we still owe hundreds of thousands of pounds to the label, we’ll have to sell a million copies just to get anything back.

How do you support yourself financially, what do you do, what other jobs?

A: Nothing, literally nothing, I live with my Dad. I’m telling you that on television in Germany.

Why not, if the artistic thing is behind it, if you’re looking to make music.

A: It’s a bit pathetic really though, isn’t it. We do other things. I’ve literally got the T-shirt. I played with The Wedding Present, I played drums in Hanover last year. That was pretty good, tide me over for a bit.

How about you Tom?

T: I kinda split my time between a place I have with my partner and the family home. But we both live in Brighton yeah.

Any other jobs, any other odd jobs?

T: I’ve done a fair amount of session work, I played with a guy called Patrick Wolf. I played with him for a couple of years which was great. Again just experience I always find that fascinating seeing the ins and outs of how different people put music together. He’s very showbiz. He’s pretty out there with some of the stuff he wears. I love that though, that’s his focus, he’s putting on a show…

Did he make you wear stuff?

T: He made me wear like a boiler suit, at some stage he made me wear a belt with a glittery PW on it.

A: This is onstage? T: This wasn’t on a day off no. He’s totally charming though and I just get on really well with him so it was a good laugh.

Now it’s Noel Gallagher that you’re supporting. Have you met him?

A: Oh yeah. We played with Oasis a few years back and actually Tom was sounded out about possibly playing with Noel in his band and it sort of fell through. Tom was the second choice and then the first choice became available again so he didn’t do it.

Bit cheeky he just went “come on then, give us a support, let’s go” and he did, good on him. Most of these kind of things, it’s some manager or some agent.

T: I texted him “‘ere mate, I’ve heard you’ve announced these shows, give us a support” and he was like “consider it done”.

A: So many people in the chain that could go “my band’s doing that actually”. We don’t have anyone fighting our corner in that way, agents pushing for stuff and things like that, putting pressure on people. We don’t have the profile…

T: If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

A: It’s an honour to do it though, it’s a total honour, he’s a big influence on what we do, definitely, Oasis back in the day were like one of those bands you know for me. Big, big influence growing up.

Do you party with him as well?

A: I haven’t done much partying but we’ve been driving to be honest because they’re on a bus, they’re driving overnight, sleeping man. We’re driving.

T: Last night man, Copenhagen to Cologne in one day.

You once said “I think technology should have just stopped about ten years ago” (interview)

T: If I truly believed that I couldn’t have my laptop… there’s too many things. I disagree with the Thomas White of 2002, whenever that quote’s from (probably 2007) There’s a lot of stuff. My phone died recently and I got a new phone. I just don’t understand that something has to be constantly improved or updated. I just wanted the same phone and they were like “sorry, you can’t get that one anymore”

I also notice that you do quite a bit of charity stuff every now and then. You did this thing for the hospice last year I think and also you did a charity gig for Billy MacKenzie (Associates) You organise these things yourself?

A: The Soundseekers Billy MacKenzie Tribute, a friend of ours, a guy called Gary, he runs the charity Soundseekers and he just asked us to get involved, I won’t take any credit for that. The Martlets thing that we did last year, that kind of kick-started the band again, our Mum died a couple of years ago – she was in that hospice so we wanted to raise some money for a really small independent thing, doesn’t really have much funding. They do amazing work so we wanted to give something back, that was the idea.

Hardly philanthropists do you know what I mean. The most gratifying thing personally I remember doing… we played with The Who at the Albert Hall many years ago, 2002 or something. It was for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Most of the bands walk in and meet some of the patients, some of the kids, teenagers that have cancer and they’re all terminal cases. It’s just mental, being 15 and going through all that stuff you go through when you’re 15 and you’re gonna die in 6 months. It’s crazy.

I guess most bands shake hands and whatever but we managed to hang out for 2 or 3 hours with these guys, played some music, it was just so amazing. They were amazing people, incredible. So full of fun and life. An amazing experience – humbling actually.

What’s going to happen next with The Electric Soft Parade. I think you announced to do some EP’s, what’s gonna happen.

T: Yeah… The main thing is getting in the studio with Chris Hughes and Mark Frith.

Adam & The Ants, I remember Chris Hughes. I’ve been such a fan of Adam & The Ants.

T: So we’re going to try and get in the studio with them, we’ve got 30 new songs written for a new album; demoed, they’re all ready to be started working on.

February the 4th next year is the 10 year anniversary of our first album so we’re gonna play it in Brighton. We’re going to do another of these extravagant hometown shows. So we’re going to play Holes In The Wall in sequence in a really nice place infact not dissimilar to this (looks around) Actually it’s nothing like it…

There’s a really nice place in Brighton called The Old Market so we’re going to do that and we’ve got a fantastic band on with us, called TOY who are gonna be supporting. They’re a relatively new band from London but they just supported us on a couple of UK shows. Absolutely great band (Buy Tickets)

That and a new record and… A: Back to Germany. T: If a promoter from Munster is watching this, we wanna play Gleis 22.

Thankyou guys. A: Appreciate it. T: Brilliant.

Electric Soft Parade: Paris Shows + Live Videos Nov-Dec 2011

Electric Soft Parade went on Tour in Europe with Noel Gallagher They also played shows of their own.

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)

Rockpalast Interview + Unplugged Session: Lily + Silent To The Dark – Watch HereTranscript

SCROLL DOWN FOR FAN VIDEOS FROM PARIS, COLOGNE, AMSTERDAM, LEIDEN

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

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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)

Photos by soundofviolence.netSophie Jarry

SILENT TO THE DARK by pitifreak

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MISUNDERSTANDING by Laurentia05

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LILY by wildsessionFR

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LILY by saibu79

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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

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MISUNDERSTANDING by saibu79

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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

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START AGAIN by tent23

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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

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SILENT TO THE DARK by its211me2

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COLD WORLD by strangedaysindeed9

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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

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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.

Electric Soft Parade: Live Reviews + New Shows

ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE AUTUMN 2011 UK TOUR REVIEWS + VIDEOS

Tour Diary 2011 Part 1: Places: Edinburgh, Falmouth, Eel Pie Island, Manchester + Newcastle.


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Better Looking Records: “live psych jam for Silent To The Dark by The Electric Soft Parade in London”


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Oxford Academy, 28th Oct: chrisblizzardphoto.com Click link for Photos: “I’m glad the silence was better than the booing they’d had previously. I guess most people were waiting to see what they sounded like. Turns out, they sounded pretty good, and judging from the audience reaction, everyone else thought so too”

Hammersmith Apollo, 29th Oct: dailystar.co.uk Supporting a big rock star is no mean feat but for The Electric Soft Parade it was a walk in the park. The Brighton gang opened for Noel Gallagher and made waves with tracks from jangly EP A Quick One. With steaming melodies and powerhouse harmonies, ESP sounded more like ELO. The White Brothers (Alex and Thomas) shared vocal duties on Number One and waltzed their way through a cover of Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream. It’s no surprise Noel’s taken a shine to the five-piece. ESP’s tour continues across the UK this month.

Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 30th Oct: musosguide.com Pleasingly though The Electric Soft Parade were just launching into ‘Empty At The End’ when I wandered through the door so it was a welcome surprise to discover they’re back in this incarnation and that Brakes haven’t become the White brothers’ sole concern (not of course that there’s anything wrong with Brakes). Live the band at times came across like Joe Jackson doing his thing but they have a cosy and inoffensive sound all their own still for all that, with new song ‘Number 1’ fitting well into their canon. Unfortunately their first time back in the city since 2003 was brought to a rather abrupt end mid-anecdote, due no doubt to time concerns, but for what they got the punters were thankful.

Lily at Edinburgh by TheBrokenlizzard on Youtube

Masque Theatre, Liverpool, 31st Oct: link2wales.co.uk Before you could say Electric Soft Parade they were on. Now I’ve seen the name chucked about for years, and always had them down as a Delerium Records type psychedelic mushroom smoking band – maybe I’m confusing them with Poisoned Electrik Head or everyone’s Dads favourite ELO. They have been swimming around the under currents for ten years or so without ever having really broke the surface – and maybe tonight’s set goes a bit of the way to explain as their style swaggers from soft pop to hypnotic rock and back again – from sounding like The Strokes to Squeeze playing The Beatles to something leagues ahead – the penultimate tune (the long one) that jumped from riff to superb riff taking you to that Poisoned Electric place I had wrongly anticipated.

liverpoolmusic.com The night started with a warm up from the Brighton pysch-pop band, Electric Soft Parade who have just returned to music from a two year break, and have jumped straight back into things by releasing “A Quick One EP” whilst touring the UK with British Sea Power. Their sound is somewhat of a mish-mash of Britpop they clearly were inspired by the bands emerging in the early 1990s like Oasis, The Stone Roses and Pulp, nonetheless they have crafted their own sound out of these influences.

Concorde 2, Brighton, 1st Nov: theargus.co.uk If, in 2001, you’d been forced to choose which of these Brighton-based bands would be headlining Concorde 2 in ten years’ time, the clever money would have been on Electric Soft Parade. As it was, they soon clocked-up daytime radio support, Top Of The Pops appearances and a Mercury Music Prize nomination before fading away, while British Sea Power have steadily gathered widespread critical acclaim, a dedicated fan base and ongoing success. It was a bit of a surprise, then, that it was Electric Soft Parade who seemed to be having more fun. Here, amid the brotherly banter that flowed between Tom and Alex White, they reeled-off a classy collection of snappy and bouncy pop treats, played with passion and panache. From the fizz of Start Again to the fuzzy harmonies of Silent To The Dark, they played with the energy and enthusiasm of a new band, not one which was foolishly dropped by the mainstream music business.

Performance Centre, Falmouth, 2nd Nov: Review for Source FM On the 2nd of November 2011 University College Falmouth’s Performance Centre played host to Electric Soft Parade in the small yet and intimate Studio K. After a lively set from support act The Little Leagues the band took to the stage.

The audience intimacy did not seem to faze the band, with singer Alex White commenting “You’re small but perfectly formed”. Emphasis was placed on the band and their musical talent, as lighting did not overshadow and the stage acted as merely a platform for their instruments. The multi-instrumental band were casually suited and booted and seemed confident and comfortable on stage, often interacting with the audience. They smoothly transitioned through their catalogue and played catchy crowd-pleasers such as ‘Start Again’ and ‘Empty At The End’ from their 2002 album Holes In The Wall, as well as their more recent material such as ‘If That’s The Case Then I Don’t Know’ from their 2007 album No Need Be Downhearted.

I felt immersed in the performance as the band played, as I could feel every note, due to the vibration from the amps pulsating through every inch of my body. I would describe the bands style as a psych-pop hybrid of The Beach Boys, The Feeling, The Foo Fighters, with long instrumentals to rival Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Muse appealing to a wide range of tastes. What I loved about the performance was that audience could see that the band were talented musicians and really felt the emotion of each song they played; whether it was one of their own or their take on an Elvis Presley classic ‘If I Can Dream’…They certainly brought a new meaning to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Deaf Institute, Manchester, 4th Nov: highvoltage.org.uk (click link for full review) Returning to the live fold after a three-year absence, any nerves ESP’s Tom and Alex White may have vanish after they blast through ‘Start Again’ and the perfect slice of pop that is ‘Empty at the End’. The band’s sound is heavier here than on their recordings, where the jangle of acoustic guitar often features, but this is all part of the fun. After all, ESP are a little different to the ‘artists’ usually appearing on the circuit.

For example, they engage in banter, swear, laugh at themselves when they mistime a count-in, and call each other ‘Chief’. At the outset Alex admits that he has a sore throat, before shamelessly popping a lozenge. Cricket jumper-wearing, thick-rimmed glasses territory this ain’t.

ESP’s strength lies in their ability to pull together a variety of indie influences, doing what they do with breezy charm and, yes, guitar solos. The activity on stage as the multi-instrumentalist White brothers switch roles lends energy to the performance. During ‘Silent to the Dark’ Alex picks up sticks and improvises on the toms as Damo Waters, his live drummer, keeps the beat. Clearly confident when jamming out, you get the impression this is how many of ESP’s songs began life.

I would have loved to have heard ‘Why Do You Try So Hard to Hate Me?’ from Holes in the Wall, which doesn’t make it into tonight’s set, but we do get a brilliantly noisy ‘If That’s the Case, Then I Don’t Know’ from No Need to Be Downhearted. The weather outside is filthy, but on this wet Bonfire Night weekend, ‘Lily’ and ‘Red Balloon for Me’ round things out neatly before Tom White sends the fans home happy with the promise that a new ESP album is on its way.

the-fly.co.uk The streamers hanging from the curtains above the stage give tonight’s show an air of a ticker-tape parade. Appropriate considering this is the first tour the Brighton brothers, plus band, have embarked on in more than two years. Fresh from supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, at considerably larger venues than tonight, Electric Soft Parade are a little older, and in some cases a little balder, but time has done little to curb their enthusiasm.

After shuffling on stage with a few nervous smiles, all tension slips away as the band cuts into a bracing blast of a new song. There’s plenty of room at a half-full Deaf Institute on a rainy evening for what is essentially a chance to try some fresh material and get on the road again. But those who chose to stay at home miss a joyful display from a band clearly relishing being back on stage.

The White brothers jostle around, giving each other playful kicks and shoves as they showcase new songs and b-sides. There’s a ramshackle aura about the performance, with false starts and a few missed beats, which only adds to the intimate atmosphere of witnessing the rebirth of a once-great band. At times tonight, ESP display the jauntiness of The Beatles at their most whimsical mixed with ‘Is This It’-era The Strokes. Alex White expresses his disbelief that almost a decade has passed since he released debut album ‘Holes In The Wall’. However, ‘Empty At The End’, ‘Start Again’ and particularly ‘Silent To The Dark’ sound as fresh and relevant as ever – the latter including its traditional extended wig out. Songs from the underrated ‘American Adventure’ are just as good, with their tales of ordinary sadness. Welcome back, then, Electric Soft Parade, a ticker-tape parade on bonfire weekend is no less than you deserve.

Newcastle Academy, 10th Nov: Click here for Photos

Manchester Apollo, 26th Oct: by kavita41 on Flickr Electric Soft Parade - Manchester Apollo

City Sessions: Electric Soft Parade

CITY SESSIONS – ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE (click link + scroll down)

“We met up with the lads on a scorching hot day on Brighton Beach and spent many an hour chatting over more than a few drinks! They gave us a chilled out, stripped back version of Sleep Alone from their Mercury Music Prize nominated 2002 debut Holes in the Wall. Perfect for a lazy day on the beach!”