In the evening we went out to another gig - Ed had got tickets from a friend who couldn't use them, so it was for free :) It was in Colchester Arts Centre, which I've not been to before - I really liked the venue, it had atmosphere. The support band were My Latest Novel - who were fantastic. 5 person band, the drummer was just a drummer but everyone else sang and played at least 2 instruments at different points in the gig (sometimes within a song). The music was poignant, with the use and dis-use of harmony vocals adding to the mood they were creating.
Unfortunately the main band was Arab Strap. And I didn't enjoy their set at all - we bailed after 3 or 4 songs, because none of us were enjoying it much. The first two songs were a thudding wall of sound - I didn't feel I could distinguish any subtleties, any melody, any vocals, and I'm really not sure why they had a cello on stage, I couldn't hear what it was doing. It was all just rhythmic guitars and drums in sync pounding along. They stopped between songs, otherwise I'd've not been sure it was two songs. The next one, I could hear the words ... which normally improves things, I'm most often caught into songs if I can sing it (though this isn't always necessary - witness my enjoyment of the ¡Forward Russia! gig we went to on Sunday). Unfortunately I didn't much care for the vocal style of the singer (a sort of whiny croon) ... and the song itself was the sort of thing you'd expect a 14 year old kid to write, 'my girlfriend ditched me, she said she wanted to be friends and I got upset when it became clear she meant friends not going out, then my mum got mad at her and went round to beat her up coz she'd upset me, waaaaaaaaaaaah'. Maybe it was satire that I missed the point of. But overall - not my cup of tea at all.