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Story One | Middlesbrough Music Live / Empire | 19/06/05

Storytelling

Gig Review by Dawn / Photo courtesy of Story One & Shady Adie

Had the Ben Parker half of (now defunct) duo Ben and Jason ever sacrificed viciously strumming his trusty acoustic guitar to instead grapple with a violin, he'd have put on a show something like that of Story One's energetic frontman.

As it is, violin-wielding vocalist Tom Evans is left in a charmingly manic class of his own as he and his band dazzle with one of the most entertaining sets of the year's Middlesbrough Music Live festival.

Despite an ever-increasing tally of gigs around the rest of the country this is Story One's first trip to the North East but, judging by the reaction of the Teesside crowd, Tom and bandmates Mike (drums), Gerald (bass) and Barny (guitar) would be wise to make a swift return to capitalise further on the interest generated by their impressively tight performance.

Even if you were to remove the strings, countless bands would still kill for songs as instant as these; with their passion wonderfully accentuated by the lively antics and charismatic stage presence of Tom, they become simply wonderful, bursting still further into life when their gentle melodies erupt into a full-blown grandiose performance not last heard since My Life Story's demise.

All this and a truly glorious violin-led rendition of Grandaddy's already marvellous AM 180 thrown in for good measure. On this evidence the Nottingham band's story is well on track for a fairytale ending.

Huge thanks to Tom. Visit www.StoryOne.co.uk for more info.

 

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