Twin Towns Review March 31st 2023
The 1960s. An agitated youth culture drifting through teenage-hood from their birth during WW2, was the prime hinge-point of rebellion. No more pleasant Glenn Miller music, no more accordion-based singalong records and please – none of the Black & White Minstrels showtunes.
Pushing back against the class-ridden society and questioning every moral standard, they loosened the floodgates to multiple styles of music. Not just the 3 verse & chorus song-sandwich. There was yet another risky stream of consciousness coming through music – incredibly some of it had no words. It required sitting, considering and listening loudly.
Now when people look back over the decades, they remember the amazing album covers as quickly as the songs and tunes. Classic artwork, to be honest.
Pink Floyd was that such a group, when at the same time in 1965, songs were about love, partying, surfboards, cars and breakups the music, well… it started to become a little drug-affected. And the new word “psychedelic” came into fashion.
Pink Floyd bridged so many different genres that it’s hard to actually nail them. Many of the genres no longer exist. For example, space rock, art rock, experimental rock, acid rock, proto-prog, experimental pop, psychedelic pop-rock. Eventually it became its own genre.
So it was with a deep, silent respect we sat listening to “Echoes of Pink Floyd” at Twin Towns Services Club on March 31st.
Here was a band of dedicated musos who chose to, even on stage, stay slightly out of the spotlight and allow their instruments, their hands and voices to faithfully reproduce the iconic work of Pink Floyd.
The lighting show and graphics, carefully subdued at the beginning, flourished throughout the night. It was an honourably genuine tribute to Pink Floyd in the massive showroom. Where their respect for the original music would have made Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters nod approvingly – as I sat “Comfortably Numb” through hits like “Money”, “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.
‘Echoes of Pink Floyd’ are a precision group. I “Wish You Were Here” that night, at Twin Towns.
Reviewed by 101FM Radio Presenter Stu Robertson