They say last night's gig was "one of the greatest ever..."
STARSAILOR debuted a new song, ‘BORN AGAIN’, last night (February 8) during their headlining set at the NME CARLING show at the London Astoria.
The band also introduced two backing singers and a cellist to a set that left them in exuberant mood.
Frontman James Walsh told NME.COM after the show that he thought the gig was “amazing, something really special” while bassist James Stelfox said it was “one of the greatest ever.”
Walsh had started the gig telling the audience he had a few suprises up his sleeve because he felt the band had something to prove. He was referring to the two gospel singers and cellist. The vocalists, who added a Staples Singers Stax feel to some of Starsailor’s best known tracks including ‘Fever’ and ‘Lullaby’, also featured on ‘Born Again’, as they do on the recorded version. The new track, an epic reminiscent of ‘Northern Soul’-era Verve, is due to appear as a B side on forthcoming single ‘Poor Misguided Fool’.
Mercury Award nominee singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt, rising Sheffield based Stooges wannabes Hoggboy and new indie hopes Electric Soft Parade filled out the bill.
Electric Soft Parade were forced to played a truncated set as openers due to an urgent date at the Royal Albert Hall. They were playing as guests of The Who’s Roger Daltrey as part of his week long series of concerts in aid of a children’s cancer charity.
Radio One Evening Session DJ Steve Lamacq was amongst the audience and was seen initiating a beer throwing contest with Hoggboy in the bar.