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Frequency Fills the Void on Valentine's Day

18th February 2011

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The McManus Bros.
Another year and another day that often splits the critics like marmite. But those who attended the second Frequency of term filled the room with so much love that, as opening band The David Gilani Experience duly noted, there might not be room for any more loving, in the room tonight.

For The David Gilani Experience it was the second time they had played in the Bridge Bar, Southampton University, in four days, but this time their set was a more expansive and adventurous. Kicking off with a strung-together series of covers and originals, Flight-of-the-Concords style musical shenanigans riffing against more mainstream pop, TDGE kept up the pace and the laughs to ensure the audience were warmed up sufficiently for the rest of the night.

Second on the bill were The McManus Brothers. Patrick and Ciaran McManus performed a well-received acoustic set, cobbled together with warm folk renditions of such songs as ‘The Man in the Mirror’ along with the odd humorous original. The brothers exhibited some fantastic vocal range during their time on the Bridge Bar stage and won over the audience as time wore on, ending in a rather rousing reception after their finale.

Headline act Daniel and the Lion came to Southampton for the first time, and word of mouth was to expect something of real quality – and they delivered. With an original sound based comfortably in that place between folk and indie-pop, Daniel and the Lion mix gentle melody with foot-stomping, rousing choruses that got plenty of hips a-swinging. Not even a broken string could stop them, (though it almost might have – front man Daniel audibly cussed as it snapped and stung him on the fingers), the stoppage in fact propelling the band to the climax of their set, where an encore was duly asked for, and consequently performed. What was really excellent about the band was the variety of their sound – this reviewer struggled to even put a name to some of the instruments to begin with (for reference there was a glockenspiel, some sort of accordion on a chair, and an acoustic  guitar made out of metal, not wood).  Daniel and the Lion even feature a celloist in their line up, a small but vital role that is a perfect example of how they have gone about creating their sound.

Overall a wonderful Valentine’s day treat, whether single, together or in a group, the three bands were well worth the journey. JC

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