Live Review: Dumb at This Feeling, Liverpool

Dumb

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This Feeling Clubnight at Korova, 12th April

Dumb have been kicking about in my peripheral vision for quite some time now due to their connection to One Beat Records. It would be fair to say though that I’ve only seen them play live once before and the circumstances of that show were altogether different beyond belief (They played a charity show in honour of Jon Brookes [The Charlatans/One Beat Records] at The Royal Albert Hall). For that show the stage was huge, the show was sold out and emotions ran high. It was a stark contrast to how I found them huddled at the bottom of a step in what is probably the smallest venue in Liverpool; Korova, for a This Feeling Clubnight.

Sadly it wasn’t overly busy yet but the guys played as if they were still on that stage at the Royal Albert Hall. They played as though they were still fighting for everything, and they are, aren’t we all? As a band they didn’t look overly connected, there was no interaction between them they just played. I like to see a little something other than just going through the motions. It’s confusing though. On the one hand they are tight as anything, giving it all they’ve got and then they didn’t look like they even know each other. Maybe they’re just playing dumb 😉

Dylan makes for the quintessential rock n roll front man; he’s checking in on the audience, he’s telling us about the next band on, to check out the flyers, which of the tracks are the new ones just released. He does all of this and then goes straight into a “fuck you I don’t care” manner of performing. It was the same in front of that huge sold out show as it was in this half empty basement. Now that’s what you call a front man. He’s not pussy footing around, he’s doing his job. The rest of the band also smashed it and I’ve got to say I’m loving the live backing vocals. I always worry with this kind of a band that live doesn’t always match up to the recording but there’s no worries here if anything you get the real raw energy of it all. New tracks Two Bottles and Super Sonic Love Toy really stood out, maybe because they’re fresh in my mind, but also because they are just great, catchy indie rock songs.

These guys are really ones to watch, and to be watched anywhere.

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