|21-04-2006, 10:08 AM||#1|
mr coldplaying himself
Embrace Play 'Gravity' On First Major Date
Embrace played their first major date before a home crowd on Monday - a long time coming, according to lead singer Danny McNamara.
The charismatic vocalist repeatedly thanked the 2,000 fans who packed the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, for their loyalty and support.
A tour through past and recent classics included songs from "Out of Nothing'', the superb "Gravity'', penned for the band by Coldplay's Chris Martin, and "Ashes'', an uplifting spirit-soarer that wouldn't be out of place as a World Cup anthem!
Danny, who sowed the seeds for Embrace with brother Richard in a garden shed at the family's home in Bailiff Bridge, said their home town fans had kept them going through the good times and the bad.
"This line-up has been together since I was 17. I'm 35 now so this has been no overnight success.
"But with three number one albums now behind us we're doing OK.''
Danny thanked the band's huge Brighouse following for putting their single, "Nature's Law'' on top of the charts.
"It was number two everywhere else but the Brighouse Echo had it at number one. I think my dad had a hand in that as he went round the shops making sure they were stocked up.''
Dad Danny, along with rows of family and friends, was in the circle, joining in with every number.
They have much to be proud of. Their boys rank as one of the top bands in the country -- and they showed exactly why in a stunning set that lasted for almost two hours.
The place to be was down in the stalls where the seats had been removed to allow as many fans as possible to greet their homecoming heroes.
Tickets for the date had sold out in a few hours and the theatre could have been filled several times over.
The band aimed to give full value and even though the McNamara tonsils were stretched to breaking point they lasted through song after song -- half-a-dozen from the current album "This New Day'' and a string of favourites from the back catalogue.
Danny has an empathy with his audience that few of his contemporraies achieve or enjoy. He's happy to be there and it shows.
But this is a team game and Danny, while undoubtedly front of house, shares equal billing with brother Richard on lead guitar and vocals, Steve Firth on bass, Mickey Dale on keyboards and Mike Heaton on drums.
A fresh start is how "This New Day'' is billed and it is certainly Embrace's finest, illustrated by the hit single, what is likely to be a future hit single, "Target'' and "Celebrate''. A favourite with the fans, "Expoloding Machines'' shows what a class act this band is, a roller-coaster of a song that pitches in everything, including the kitchen sink!
That's the current challenge for the band as they prepare to debut their eagerly anticipated World Cup song designed to lift England to victory in Germany
The odds against that are 6/1; the odds against a number one single are considerably shorter on present form.
In the meantime the band can look forward to continued success through the summer during which a number of outdoor dates are planned. One to watch out for is on Sunday, June 26 at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, where they will be backed, as they were in Halifax, by an up-and-coming outfit, Morning Runner.
The chances of a return to home soil? Sooner rather than later if Danny McNamara has a say.
The early bird catches the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese!
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