Live Review: Anathema – The Garage, Glasgow

You know we recorded the album here in Glasgow…. love this place” Vincent Cavanagh tells the crowd. Throughout the show, both Vincent and Danny chat to the audience, and have a real rapport with the fans, which, for me, makes the difference between a good gig and a great one. At one point, Vincent jumps down into the photo pit, and chats with members of the crowd during a song. Lee Douglas stuns everyone tonight and showcases her beautiful voice during “Endless Ways”. With only piano accompaniment, she wows the crowd. When Danny isn’t rocking out with his brother Vincent, his eyes are closed, and he really looks like he’s in the zone. Even after all these years, these guys still look like they love playing live. “Does it sound good? Does it sound ok?”, asks Danny, and it’s a resounding yes from everyone here. On record, Anathema can come across fairly bleak at times, but it’s a real party atmosphere here tonight. Songs like “Thin Air”, from 2010’s “We’re Here Because We’re Here”, get the smiling crowd clapping along. “Oh, and it was all going so well” laughs Danny as they have a false start for the track “Closer” and have to restart it. I’ve seen bands use projected videos before, and in the past, I’ve caught myself watching the screen rather than the band. Anathema manage to do it right however, and the video enhances the live experience, rather than being a distraction. Abstract and amorphis shapes swirl on the screen behind them, exploding into firework like patterns during the song, and it’s another winner with the audience. “It’s 10 O’clock, but the people at the Garage said we can have one more song”. Guitarist Danny starts playing some Pink Floyd, and I have to say it was a bit of a WTF moment for me. I’d seen the set-list before the gig, and was hoping for “Fragile Dreams”, but after my initial disappointment, the song morphed into the “Alternative 4” classic, which had probably the biggest cheer of the night. It’s been a great evening, and Anathema delivered an exceptional performance, featuring 90 minutes of some of their best material. The tracks from the new album fit seamlessly alongside the older favourites, although most songs were taken from 2003’s “A Natural Disaster” onwards. This is the first date of the tour for the new album. Try and catch them if you can in a city near you. You won’t be disappointed. Alcest Setlist Onyx Kodama Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles Oiseaux de Proie Eclosion Autre Temps Percées De Lumière Délivrance Anathema Setlist San Francisco Untouchable Part 1 Untouchable Part 2 Leaving it Behind Endless Ways The Optimist Thin Air Lightning Song Dreaming Light Can’t Let Go Beginning and the End Universal Closer Encore: Firelight Distant Satellites Springfield A Natural Disaster Fragile Dreams Review: Martin Patterson Images: Lara Vischi [gallery type='flickr' user_id='132278830@N06' view='photosets' photoset_id='72157685483744032' columns='3' tag_mode='any' sort='date-posted-desc' per_page='35' layout='square' caption='title' thumb_size='s' main_size='z' ]  ]]>

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