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LAND OF THE GIANTS
:: Barfly :: Oceansize :: Waiger ::
30 October 2003 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
By AS

It’s the day before Halloween, but there’s no stopping the 24 hour premature arrival of the horror as Oceansize are supported in a sea of mediocrity. Unfair / - Maybe - unfortunately, despite their best efforts, Waiger wail on. Their brand of modernised, slower burning Britpop is smothered in intricate, rock classic guitar solos and some vocal lines that at times leave a little to be desired. It’s not as though Waiger are short of ideas. They’re not. The structures to their song are reasonably mature, but it seems to drag on and in the sound that does come out, its hard to pick out some attention saving hooklines.

Barfly fare better, as their rock is certainly middle of the road but more uplifting and airy. They have some heady high points and the delivery is more polished and more definitely aiming for perfection. Sadly, my overall impression is that an occasion such as Oceansize closing off a tour , requires more of a celebration as opposed to providing a platform for struggling bands, when so many other unsigned outfits are currently making the grade. A good thing which ever way though, that local acts do get the opportunity to obtain a good promotional platform.

Oceansize close off their humungous tour (Biffy Clyro supports, then Kinesis, then headline) with one final burst of winter sonic supernova. Despite a few technical problems, the band pour through an extended set of album tracks and some greatly missed live favourites. “Remember Where You Are” is their current pinnacle, in terms of technical and melodic perfection. With Jon-Lee from Fi-Lo Radio joining them on stage, there’s a massive line up of five guitars providing the barrage. “Breed Siamese” and “Amputee” make welcome appearances, as does “You Wish” and previous single “One Day All This Could Be Yours”. But it’s the crushing blows of the orchestrated yet wildly malevolent “Massive Bereavement” which has the most memorable impact. Closing the set with “Saturday Morning Breakfast Show”, not only one of their oldest tracks, but also one of their most popular, there's the welcome and explosive ending that they've so ably trademarked.. They leave the stage no doubt weary and exhausted, but with a critically acclaimed album still literally in its infancy, their charted course has to be ever upwards.


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