|Corner Hotel 19th September, 2002|
Review by Samantha Allemann
Magazine Review Transcript
The "sold out" sign greeted disappointment punters hoping to buy tickets at the door on Thursday night. It was to be Augie March's return to the live scene and from the looks of it (and the ticket sales), it was much anticipated.
Silver Ray walked on stage to a packed room. The 3 piece band launched straight into their material and played the entire set without taking a pause. Impressive to watch purely because of the musical talent of their members, their sweet, soft sound seemed a little out of place in a smoky pub and the long length of their songs demanded an attention span not usually called upon. Also, to the un-initiated of Silver Ray (that would be me), it was difficult to distinguish one song from the other mainly due to the fact that there were no vocals. To the band's credit, this may be a side-effect of over-familiarity with 3 ½ chorus-verse-chorus songs and that is why it was a little difficult to get into the band's eclectic material.
Augie March entered soon after to the cheers of the audience. As the gig was organised as a showcase for their new material, the band wasted no time in introducing what will appear on their soon to be released album. Sounding heavier than the Augie March many came to know on their successful Sunset Studies, the new songs were a little surprising but were well received nonetheless, although vocalist Glenn did add that he knew it'd take time for the fans to "warm to it". Recognising the crowd's request for old material as well, the band effectively broke up their new songs with such favourites as Here Come The Night, The Good Gardener, Owen's Lament and The Offer, played against the beautiful backdrop of images on a slide projector which added to the laidback feel that is an Augie March show. This was at its peak during a sing along to There Is No Such Place; somewhat reminiscent of 'Kumbaya' around a campfire. On stage the band seemed both at ease and happy to be back, and it was evident that the same applied for the fans. Ending with The Hole In Your Roof, it also became apparent what a diverse audience the band has. Glancing to my left, I saw a group of macho guys with their arms around each other, putting as much effort into the song as they would Cold Chisel's Khe Shan (as a friend put it). Now that's something that you don't see every day.