HW: Off The Tracks

Mike Montfort mike at MIKEMONTFORT.COM
Sun Sep 4 10:15:00 EDT 2005

Biased? Undoubtedly

Correct in all you say? Indubitably

 From the snippets I've heard and the reviews Ive read no doubt HW is at
another of it's high points.

Thanks for the great review.


Rik Rx wrote:

>Hi all
>Just got back from 'off the tracks' and I really felt compelled
>to make this post. I never make posts on the band's performancce,
>as I'm not sure of the validity of comments coming from 'the other
>side of the wire', as people will always be cautious of a degree
>of nepotistic bias in such posts, however.....
>I HAVE to say this, in all my 33 years of attending innumerable
>HW gigs, last night's just blew me away. I don't say this lightly,
>as in my privalaged position as the band's webmaster I get to go
>to most gigs, and as such you'd have thought I'd seen it all...
>How wrong I was. The set at OTT was a bit 'loose' (for want of a better
>term) for the first three or so numbers due to no soundcheck and a
>few 'tecchie' probs, but when it all came together.... Well I really can't
>find the words, god knopws what the non-HW fans in the audience must have
>thought. (Actually I do know, they were *very* vocal about it after the
>gig). Fleece did a brilliant job on sound in such an unusual venue (a large
>marquee) & Neil, Marie & John of Chaos Illuminations pulled out all the
>stops to give one of the best lightshows I have witnessed too, which only
>compounded the quality of the gig. (I hope my pictures will do them
>justice, I'll be posting them on MC asap).
>Driving home at 4am - I played the new album three times in all (yes
>there are certain privilages in my position - but i *did* do some of the
>layout and artwork on it), and once again, I came to realise exactly
>WHY I got involved with the band in the first place. All I can tell you
>is that this album is gonna blow your socks off - it's beyond excellent,
>and well worth the wait ! At the risk of turning this into an advert, if
>you haven't ordered the album already do it NOW ! You really need this in
>your collection !!!
>Like I said, there will be people who see this post is biased. Perhaps it
>is, but all I can say is go see the band if you can (new gigs being set up
>as we speak), and listen to the new album. Once you do, I can guarantee
>that you'll feel the same way too !!!

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