Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Sometimes things break. Sometimes they don't work. Sometimes it's an issue when that happens. But not at The Medicine Sessions. Sound checks can be interesting at the best of times, but when vital pieces of kit go wrong, a good medium sized drama happens which has the ability to create minor heroes, almost breakneck speed car journeys and the beaming grateful face of a delighted musician.

Northside drive (Jon Pearson) was the grateful musician on the receiving end of not one, but two rescues after some essential wiry things didn't work. Thanks to the bottomless pit of muso bits at Matt Tull's house though, (a local Medicinner) the night was saved. Thank feck it was, as Northside Drive created an entirely beautiful set, meandering between classical solo piano and electronic experimentation. Jon's set was split into two halves, the individual pieces of which he played back to back allowing the audience to fully submerge themselves in whatever story they decided to create for the music. I was pleased to see the entire room lapping up North Side Drive's set, with an absolute silence as we watched Jon bend over his keyboard in taut delicacy, his fingers intricately and precisely pressing out notes with obvious talent.

At the break the room dispersed for cigarettes and top ups and discussions of music and remembering. It was cold outside as we smoked, cold but good, warmed from the knowledge yet more music was to come.

Dimitry Datus played the sessions back last April when The Medicine Sessions was still finding its feet. Yet again they played a great set, not without the odd minor drama of their own. It is the measure of a band though when they can hold their hands up and draw on some heckles and join in with the banter and self deprecation, despite feeling like everything is falling apart.. which it wasn't... and didn't. The lads from Dimitry Datus are good heads, a fact which the Medicine audience saw and appreciated and thus, everything they did was embraced fully. They have a very distinctive style of rock'ish'ness with some great songs, lyrically of which are clever, witty and original. The band have the slightly unusual set up of lead guitar, bass, drums and voice and like The Police before them, make it work very well, though I'm sure Aiden might not appreciate the comparison to Sting.  All out, Dimitry Datus finished the night on a high, putting everyone in the mood for a good weekend. Job done!

1 comment:

  1. just before one of the last ever gigs i played our keyboard stand collapsed during practice and the keyboard crashed to the ground and had to go for repair

    We had to borrow a keyboard with rubbish rhythms - then no one showed up to the gig and the bar owner told us not to bother coming back again anytime soon (due to the lack of attendance) - all in all not the best result