February 6, 2001 13:09
CAVE ME! Embrace Tickets
The band have played another of their infamous secret gigs and premiered material from their eagerly anticipated third album...
The band played a live set to 100 fans, 400 feet below the ground in the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe. Those who attended followed a trail of clues set by the band, which started when singer Danny McNamara wore a T-shirt on the BBC television show 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' with the slogan 'SG5 It's On!' across the chest. Other clues included secret website addresses posted on the Channel 4 teletext messageboard 'The Void'.
During the performance, the band played new songs including 'It's Over', 'It's Gonna Take Time', 'I Hope You're Happy Now' and 'Make It Last'. As with the previous secret shows, the band followed their performance with a DJ set from Richard and Danny McNamara.
Speaking about the show, Danny McNamara said: "There was something almost womblike being in a cave that far underground, something welcoming. It seemed like an appropriate place to give birth to the new songs. The fans all seemed to rate the new stuff and the bats were certainly getting off on them!"
Pictures from the show are currently available on the unofficial Embrace website www.embracefan.co.uk.
This is the band's fifth secret show. Their last took place in a disused quarry in Somerset last September, following their performance at the annual Pilton Party, organised by Michael Eavis. All the other secret shows roughly coincided with the band's appearances at UK festivals last summer.
Embrace started recording their third studio album with Coldplay producer Ken Nelson this week. Speaking to NME.COM about the record, singer Danny McNamara described the material as "cinematic and three-dimensional". Other new song titles include 'Blackwater', 'Fear Fighter', 'Happiness Will Get You In The End' and 'Effortless Now'. The as-yet-untitled record is expected in the summer.
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