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Easyworld | Middlesbrough Empire | 11/01/03

Making It Look Easy

Gig review by Drew

Any band that is both championed and slated by separate journalists in the same national music weekly should, by default, make for interesting entertainment. Easyworld do not disappoint. Despite the appalling weather (it is twenty below and pouring down outside) and everything running an hour later than advertised, a legion of fans is hovering around the venue long before the doors show any signs of opening.

Regulation attire for the evening is a shirt and tie teamed with tattered jeans for the gentlemen, and pink fluff complementing fake fur and a tiara for the ladies. It’s obvious that Easyworld have a dedicated fan base. Some have come from as far as Hexham to see the band play, and bootleg CDs of earlier gigs are on offer to anyone willing to part with cash to a stranger in the middle of the audience.

After the Coldplay-lite indie-plod of support band Medium 21, Easyworld open their set with the brief but beautiful By The Sea, before thundering into Bleach; a song with possibly the best opening line ever written. “You make me want to drink bleach!” screeches singer and guitarist Dav, before crunching out a guitar riff big enough to radiate seismic waves as far as Hartlepool.

It’s hard to believe the band is from Eastbourne, a town famous for its ice creams and OAPs. Easyworld are able to blend killer pop-hooks and punky rhythms with delicate lyrics and a bitter pathos. Dav is also a bit handy when it comes to playing live. During current single Junkies, he plays a guitar and a mandolin at the same time. He can sing well too. Ignoring the indie status quo of sneering into the mic, his voice soars during the more tender songs, yet pierces ear-drums when singing to the faster, punkier numbers.

However, all does not run as smoothly as it could. When a loud buzz stops play, a crowd member demands they ‘sort it out’. ‘Something’s killed the keyboards’ mutters the apologetic singer while bassist Jo fiddles with a tangle of wires. As cables are tugged and unplugged, a solo rendition of early song Me is played as consolation, sending the die-hards in the front row into a furore.

All of the favourites are played, such as You & Me, Demons and the exquisite This Is Where I Stand. A few new songs are also given an outing, like CelebrityKiller and the thrash-pop of Other Man. The new songs are well received, with many of the audience singing the words loudly, as if they’d heard them a hundred times already.

Then, after having successfully worked the crowd into a sweaty, screaming frenzy, the band leaves. There’s no encore, and only a back-feeding guitar is left, discarded haphazardly to the side of the stage to punctuate the end of their set.

With the eyes of the British music press gazing squarely at the States, Australia and even New Zealand, it’s going to be a difficult ascent for Easyworld. But tonight they proved that they are a band of substance, and have the incisive ability to become a big name in British music.

With thanks to Dav, Jo and Glenn. Visit www.DavidFord.mu for more details on Dav's current project.

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