Admiral Fallow (3 stars)

Admiral Fallow

Photography | Ryan Warburton

Indie-pop-folk triple bill with Fallow, Over the Wall and Kid Canaveral

Admiral Fallow have landed a rather good indie-pop double bill to kick them off this evening. West coast duo Over the Wall are first on, and as a result don’t have a huge audience amassed to watch them (especially considering this is a sell-out gig). They make up for it though, powering through some excellent Postal Service-inflected guitar pop as guitarist/singer Gav Prentice dances about the stage.

Kid Canaveral too are bursting with energy, rattling through their set with cheeky between-song plugs for their album, and managing to squeeze in a cover of King Creosote’s ‘Missionary’ while they’re at it. Again, it’s well-crafted, infectious pop music, and not over-quick in its pacing – although we do learn that they’re racing off to Cellardyke afterwards to play another gig the same night.

Headliners Admiral Fallow choose a different tactic, starting off slow with a view to building up the energy gradually – a tactic which unfortunately backfires slightly. The flowing folk musicianship coupled with frontman Louis Abbot’s endearing openness are as compelling as ever, but even the more upbeat numbers such as ‘The Paper Trench’ (their forthcoming single) fail to elicit more than a few appreciatively nodding heads in the audience.

Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sun 14 Aug.

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1. duncaninedinburgh26 Aug 2011, 12:12pm Report

I'm baffled by the end of this review. Like seemingly everyone else in the packed Liquid Rooms crowd I left delighted with this whole gig. The idea that Admiral Fallow "failed to elicit more than a few nodding heads" is simply untrue. Yes they slowed things down but their performance was excellent. Fair enough if you prefer the more upbeat stuff (on the night my own favourite was Kid Canaveral too) but don't let your mood infect your review. this one doesn't do the list justice. I say that as someone who went into the gig with an open mind - far from a dyed in the wool star-struck fan.

There seemed to me a real buzz at this gig which was at least a four star effort, surely.

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