Outside Central. The line up for this gig: Hugh Reilly-Smith (Vocals/Guitar) Charley Robinson (Guitar/Vocals) Matthew Carter (Guitar/Vocals) Yes... lots of guitarists and singers!
So this new version of Outside Central came on the stage, looking smart as they sauntered up to their mics. If you've read my previous review of them (http://www.andoverandvillages.co.uk/music-reviews/304-outside-central-oxjam-music-festival) you'll see I mention a song that I'm going to demand that they play for me... I was lucky enough to speak to them before they went on stage and they did actually re-arrange their set list to get that song in (woohoo!) – although, for some reason, my brain just can't remember what the song is called! Sorry boys.
They were playing to a buzzing crowd and the music kept them going. Hugh's voice carried really well and was supported remarkably well by Charley and Matt's guitar playing. So often you see more than one guitarist playing in a band and they don't fully utilise it. These guys really pulled it out the hat, bringing new inversions of chords, adding delicate melodies and bass lines.
They also re-vamped that song I demand they play – name still eludes me, sorry – and brought a brilliant descending chord line over the ascending structure. So cool. All I will say is 'My name is James Littleworth' Mr. Robinson! Hehe. And thank you all for playing it for me. It is a cracking song!
They finished with Chasing 110 Sheep and Sticky Eyes, both of which pulled in brilliant harmonies and excellent guitar work – strong strumming from Hugh, clean and musical soloing from Charley and good bass and alternate inversions from Matt.
Another corker, guys!
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