Iâ€™ve employed my â€œGame Of Thronesâ€� approach to the tour this year & deliberately avoided any audio & video spoilers as I wanted to make my own mind up on the experience.
Iâ€™ve read good & bad things this year regarding the sound, but Iâ€™ve seen all The Sistersâ€™ shows on the A38 & the sound has always been superb.
On they came & it was a huge heart-sink moment as they started More & the volume was akin to a DAB radio playing behind the barâ€¦.on the other deck.
By all accounts, it seemed to be only coming from the fold back & not the PA. The band realised this pretty quickly but continued in the hope that the tech guys would press the right button eventually. At one point almost the entire audience was facing the soundboard screaming abuse & whistling.
After the restart it took about a minute until everything was blasting from where it should have been, but the whole thing seemed to throw them off a bit & it wasnâ€™t really until C&B that they really got back into their groove (IMHO).
The oldies were a delight to hear after so long &, from where I was, Walk Away produced a sea of goth arm waving & sky grabbing & afterwards Von uttered a congratulatory, â€œWell done peopleâ€�.
Ben & Chris are doing a grand job on supporting vocals. I use that word instead of backing as the years have taken their toll on our Andrew, but he did manage some real power for Flood II & Alice.
Rumble was awesome & Chris absolutely shredded that guitar solo like a proper rock god.
Revolver sounds almost as if it was written for the band & the arrangement really suits the current format I think.
Stand out of the night though (as Chaotican I think mentioned) was Temple Of Love. I think everybody on the A38 was singing along & it absolutely blew the top deck off. Although, a goose-bump inducing moment was the sharp intake of breath between the FALAA intro & it exploding into the song. The stage went to white-out for a split second & the band were perfect silhouettes that almost stood still in time.
Stage-wise, the A38 has a very low ceiling, so the mirrors weren't used. The smoke was more sparse than previous shows I've seen, but it was lit very very well.
The Sisters like playing on the ship & Itâ€™s certainly one of my favourite venues &, as a parting shot, Von declared, â€œWe love the boatâ€�.
Was nice to see Back In Time
. Was hoping to bump into (not literally) Chaotican
too, but sorry Sarah, despite my reliance on your twitter profile pic I couldnâ€™t track you down to say hello
I did record it & will get to work chopping it up later after I have had several large buckets of very strong black coffee
Right now I need to tend to Iggy & Polly as they are demanding attention.