LIVE REVIEW - THE BRINDLEY PRESENTS THE FIREFLYS: STORYTELLERS! 13th June, 2015
I decided to drag my brother Mike along, thinking he would appreciate an Acoustic gig as he has played guitar in a few bands over the years. I went only as a fan, to enjoy myself, to relax and have a "quiet night" out for the first time in a long while! I wasn't going to do a review but I thought, why not, it was such an amazing gig, I'll give it a try.
The band looked totally stunned to a man (and woman as Adele had returned as co-vocalist, well done girl, you must have been shattered by the end!). Lee Wylding (vocals/guitar), Stephen Roberts (bass/ukulele), Chris Tann (keyboards), Andrea Packer (drums) and David Packer (guitar) I think it's fair to say, were "gobsmacked" by the welcome. The heroes had returned to their hometown.
There were also new tracks from the forthcoming new album "The Illumination Of Everything". "When We Were Young" and "Sever" serve as tasty teasers for what's to come!. There was an amusing anecdote from Lee for "Sever". Apparently Lee needed a rhyming word for "forever" to which Andrea replied "Sever", so the band joked around at how she wrote the whole song. Ste was adamant, "she got a word in the song AND the title, it's Andie's song!"
The band ended with "Between The Tide", and what an ending, superbly played and superbly received. The standing ovation at the end was very moving, not just for the band, even for a fan, this was a band to watch, they are getting bigger and better.
Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed it, was a fantastic night, so much that he had tiny regrets and reflected on his band days. Grabbing a new fan in the process, and also a t-shirt, a promo single and an album box set, my night was complete!