Is there anything more satisfying than being at a gig where the support band is every bit as enjoyable as the main event? Probably, but we don’t want to hear about it (Well we do, but keep it on the clean side). Anyway, for too long Brighton-based trio Tall Ships have been lobbed into the “math rock” basket, nestled somewhere between the angular guitars of Foals and the indie-funk sounds of the Futureheads. But after seeing them support the superb Maps & Atlases, we think Tall Ships really deserve to be acknowledged as an exceptional band in their own right.
Their hardcore usage of looping guitar riffs and penchant for intense build-ups and swapping instruments mid-set alone sets them aside from the herd, while their raw, gravelly, guitar-driven sound couldn’t be any further from a windy day’s sea shanty, as their name might otherwise suggest. Plus, you have to give these guys extra kudos for getting most of the crowd to indulge in some good old-fashioned hand-clapping during their set at Garage in London too.
But don’t let us make up your mind for you; have a listen to Tall Ships showcasing their talents and making an exceptional racket to boot on this selection of tracks from their set at The Garage, and see what you think.