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SHORT SIGHTED
:: 22-20s ::
30 March 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
By Ged Camera

Yet another in a long line of NME "tips for the top" takes the stage. The pre-requisite 15 minute late entrance typifies the slack attitude that appears to run through what they call their "set"

Whether they presume that all the punters present will be familiar with their works, no songs are introduced; and there is no acknowledgement of the audience that moves forward to meet them.

Musically there are promising signs, influences of late 60's guitar psychedelia seemingly present, and when it's mixed with some blues type guitar work, hope prevails.

But then variety between numbers is slight, each one merely a slight re-working of the previous, until maybe sixth or seventh number in when there is a change of emphasis. Unfortunately, this appear to be the signal for the end, and barely 25 minutes after taking the stage, guitars are downed, Martin Trimble walks off stage followed swiftly by the other 2 members

With neither the stage presence to interact with the crowd, nor the willingness to involve them, frontman Trimble gives the impression of someone who is seriously pissed off, and doesn't particularly mind who knows. It may affect the numbers who turn up next time if he lets us know in advance.

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