3 The Charlotte, Leicester
three quarter full Charlotte on a November Sunday, bore witness to a laid
back and spiritual performance from one of contemporary musics coolest
and individual acts.
Hailing from Brixton with a Welshman and a Scotsman at the helm, Alabama
3 operate healthily outside the popular music mainstream. They have in
fact been together since the late 80s in one guise or another, and
are presently touring in support of their new album, Power in the
Camping up their southern accents all they can, the London outfits
combination of bassndrum loops and blues licks makes for a
solid live experience.
The tunes dont vary too much mid-paced and danceable numbers
throughout. The set is consistently good without reaching a peak at any
particular point. Their style is distinguishable from everything else
on the live circuit right now.
Variations of the Sopranos theme (Woke up this morning) abound.
No bad thing though. Main singer The Very Rev Dr D Wayne Love (Jake Black)
introduces the track as having nothing to do with a fat Italian!
The inter song banter is excellent creating a connection with the
audience that is welcome in todays live climate. The emphasis on
performance is certainly evident accents, stories, atmosphere all
play their part in proceedings.
Unfortunately constant high pitched feedback hampered the show. Vocal
loops did not come to the fore as they should during Woke Up This
Morning. All was taken in good humour by the band. Natural live
performers who it would take quite a lot to knock out of their stride.
And if something did, God would be on their side!
The crowd received every note, blues lick and joke in good spirit. The
atmosphere was the perfect way to end a weekend. As Ive said before
real laid back feel to everything connected to the gig. Its
what Sundays are for spent in the company of a Preacher.