Music reviews: Coldplay, Pinoy blues live

Posted at 12/04/12 12:38 PM


"Coldplay Live 2012"

Coldplay shown live in concert from the video "Coldplay Live 2012"

This is the band’s first concert film in nine years. Following the movie’s theatrical release across the globe, its video was released in the market late last week and the local music press was treated to a premiere showing by Polyeast Records, the official licensee in the Philippines of EMI Records, Coldplay’s mother label.

"Coldplay Live 2012" features a stream of live performances drawn from the world tour to promote the band’s fifth and latest album entitled "Xylo Myloto." They were shot in choice locations such as Paris’ Stade de France, Montreal Canada’s Bell Centre and the band’s headlining appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

In almost all the shots, Coldplay’s sweeping music was accompanied by a dazzling light show that ranges from a rainbow of colors blinking behind the stage to the radiant New Year’s Eve fireworks. Magnificence is writ all over the screen except when the camera pans to avid fans singing along to the band, or when the band members spout the steep price of stardom and the loneliness of “the road.”

To which one music scribe smirked, “At the end of the tour, he’d come home of a famous wife and lovely kids and to a mansion in London.”

One surprise is a scene of the band playing “Violet Hill” hard, fast and loose in a dimly lit venue. Coldplay looked like a hungry band rocking just a spit away from a cheering audience.

That turns out to be a minor digression. All too soon, Coldplay puts back on their imperious air until the final credits. Hail to the Gang of Pomp!

Various Artists

"Blues & Roll"

On November 29, Thursday night, at ‘70s Bistro, five local acts strutted their blues stuff at one of last bastions of alternative music in the Metro.

Headliner Bleu Rascals blew everyone away with an impeccable set of Steve Ray Vaughn covers. The band opened with “Mary Had A Little Lamb” featuring a blistering solo by lead guitarist and vocalist Paul Marney. It proved to be a snapshot of the next five songs illustrating blues power in a trio format.  The chemistry between the members which caught the attention of audience in last year’s International Blues Competition in Memphis has cemented into a solid bond of musical brotherhood.

Ian Lofamia Band continued to expand on its Chicago blues roots, which drew loud howls of appreciation at the First Philippine Blues Finals. The band appears to have made some progress on injecting new wrinkles to the traditional harmonica-enhanced blues jam.

Katha have grown in musical prowess by leaps and bounds. Fronted by one of the youngest howlers in the scene, their entry at the First Blues Competition combined nervous energy, youthful arrogance and soulful intensity. This time, Katha’s longer set showed they’ve got enough energy, stamina and drive to mix jazz, blues and soul in one heavy trip.

Kulukati, a veteran of the scene, started wanting to be a prog-rock band. Once the singer caught fire in his lungs, however, there was no stopping the band’s transgression into heavy rock—imagine shrieking Little Richards on a guilt trip with a metal band for back-up. Be bop sledgehammer, anyone?
Routes, however, seemed lost in transition, or translation, for that matter. Composed of supposed legends in the recording and performing circuit, their music got tangled up between the intensity of “Bell Bottom Blues” and the blah of the Doobie Brothers. To top it all, the singer couldn’t make up his mind whether to be a radical singer-songwriter or a competent blues copycat. Bluesotto come lately!