A Philm Freax Exclusive!The Edgar Broughton Band
Still refusing to die
by Patrick Neylan-Francis
Bromley Pavilion Centre
July 25, 1998
This is still the family that plays together. Brother Steve is still on skins (including Rizlas backstage), and now son Luke is on synthesisers, saving his more outrageous ideas for the coming album. Mum no longer drives the van though. There's still a fire in those bellies even if the bellies have widened, and more hair has been lost than the day half California's hippies went buddhist. What's also gone is the maudlin feel of a decade ago. The beautiful "Speak Down The Wires" is still in, but "Hotel Room" is gone - "Out Demons Out" is back for an encore, a savage guitar attack instead of the 60s exorcism chant.
"I'm good, I'm honest, no one else is left - vote for me" sings "The Last Electioneer". The first three are true - and there are moments of beauty and pathos and searing guitar energy, something we need more of now that music has gone wet again. Thirty years on, and they again look on the verge of breaking, and not quite caring. Sunset dream can never hurt you again.
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