Review: The Fall at Tramshed, Cardiff

My review of this hectic concert by The Fall was printed in the South Wales Argus.

20170207_153438   thinmark

The Fall

Tramshed, Cardiff

Friday, February 3

Manic punk poet and general shambles Mark E Smith led The Fall through a wild evening.

The ever-changing Fall is a band only in the loosest sense of the word and as the only constant member, Smith slurs rambling observations atop a revolving line-up of musicians.

The Fall in 2017 is a four-piece, stripped down to just Smith, a guitarist, bassist and drummer.
The tight, professional players contrasted with the unpredictable Smith, who wandered the stage of Cardiff’s Tramshed.

The legendary frontman held two mics to his face as he shouted and warbled the largely incomprehensible lyrics at the delighted crowd.
At last count, more than 60 people can claim to have been a member of the fabled northern outfit at some point over the past 40 years.

The absence of keyboardist Elena Poulou on stage was felt and the rendition of recent cut Wise Ol’ Man sadly lacked her melodic backing vocal to play off Smith’s scowling delivery.

Her unmanned keyboard was still present however, which Smith shuffled towards and slapped at tunelessly from time to time.

Never a band to live in the past, the setlist drew mainly from 2015’s Sub-Lingual Tablet album.

The enraptured audience also got an airing of 1986 single Mr Pharmacist to bring things to a chaotic close.

On South Wales Argus website

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s