De Rosa @ Captains Rest 20-03-09

March 30, 2009

Captains Rest, Glasgow, March 20 * * *

With the emphasis in music slowly shifting from record to ticket sales, the pressure to put on an unforgettable live display will inevitably grow. But even the best bands can struggle. Take The Shins for example. 2007’s Wincing The Night Away was a contender for album of the year but on stage the five-piece lacked presence and showed that they’re very much a studio band.
Established acts obviously have less to worry about, but for those on the peripheries there’s a real need to make every performance a memorable one. With that in mind you have to worry about De Rosa who, although not short of song-writing talent, never came close to fully engaging the audience tonight.
There were times when the basement venue felt more like a rehearsal room than a gig to mark the release of a new album. The crowd was barely acknowledged during the course of an introverted fifty minutes while after new songs Pest, In Code and Swell you were left wondering how much better it could have been if the five-piece had found that elusive spark.


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