The Colchester Arts Centre is one of the best venues in the country hands down, maybe even the best. The acoustics of the venue (a former church) add an extra layer to the sonic assault of the music. Tonight there were three amazing acts on, two local bands and Italy’s Zu whose music was all enhanced by the venue.
Opening act Meadows are always a class act, a genuinely entertaining, boozy-filled sludge delight. The riffs and breakdowns never get old. Playing a mixature of new material and old classics such as ‘Super Thunder Blade’, and ‘The Head of Henry Gray’ Meadows knocked it out of the ball park and scored a home run.
If the music industry was in a good shape, Earthmass would be able to make a living off their music and living in mansions. But the band, as humble as ever, delivered another jaw-dropping perfomance. It was thirty minutes of intelligent, well-crafted space prog that takes you to another plane before smashing you back down again. I cannot fault this band, simply untouchable.
Zu live are an endurance test. For an instrumental band that features a baritone saxophonist, a bassist and drummer they make an unholy racket that caused a few people to walk out. But for those who stayed it was an overwhelming display of musical power that shook the whole of Essex! There was melody within the noise and distruction which left Colchester gob smacked at what they saw, causing a stampede to the merch stand.