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:: then came music ::
21 March 2003 / Star and Garter / Manchester
By Cath Aubergine

There's nothing like spending your Friday night gazing exhausted through a grimy window at the nocturnal transactions of Fairfield Street to the sound of some chunky-riffs half-arsed nu-metal-by-numbers support band, to really make you question the very essence of your existence. And there's nothing like ten minutes later seeing six talented young lads throwing everything they have into making an exhilarating sound to remind you of the point of it all.

Last on in a four-band night of variable style and quality, from the first notes it's apparent Then Came Music are quite serious about what they do, as if that name wasn't enough of a clue. They are not going to settle for mediocrity and nor should they. They open with “Everlasting For A Short While”, a ten-minute-ish ten storey monster of a song that ebbs and flows and builds into a very big sound indeed. Mixing and matching influences from 60s psychedelia, 70s space-rock and the darker side of 80s indie with an attitude and feel that's totally contemporary. It starts sort of where Doves' "There Goes the Fear" left off and takes in everything from the Chameleons to Spiritualized to the Cardiacs on the way.

They're compelling to watch too with drummer, two guitarists, bassist, keyboard player and singer all pretty good at what they do and all vying for space and attention on the too-small stage. Marc Murray is a natural frontman, with the confident moves of a young Ian Brown and a long-lead mic to go with it, and his voice has a strength and depth that the last demo/single didn't at all do justice to. Its title track "Lost Control" is another highlight, quite Puressence-ish but with more going on - in fact there honestly wasn't a bad moment in the set. It's refreshing to watch a young band who set their ambitions so high and actually pull it off.

Next gig will be at the Retro Bar on 9th April (03) , and a new CD should be surfacing soon.

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