On 17th October, several reviews of mine were published in Portsmouth News, making it the biggest simultaneous publishing of my work as of yet. I was surprised slightly by the reply from the paper’s Entertainment Editor, as he told me that that would be the case: “It’s a Nick Pollard-tastic reviews section today in the paper”.
Unfortunately, I would find out a few days later that this did not please everybody. After all, this issue contained my second mildly negative review that I had written for The News – We Are Scientists at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (09/10/2016)., which you can READ HERE. I had mentioned that the audience was almost silent during the band’s overlong banter, so there was an awkward atmosphere. A fan disagreed.
Yabagaba: “The jokes weren’t even remotely ‘awkward’, this just reads like ‘I’m old and didn’t get their humour’.”
If that’s because I didn’t “get it”, I think that 90% of the crowd suffered from the same issue. You could hear a pin drop as they spoke. I am under the genuine assumption that the commenter was at a different show. That or I might have just been overly aggravated by chronically ringing ears after I saw Swans the night before.
However, the following two shows that I was sent to cover at Portsmouth Pyramids Centre, Feeder (13/10/2016) (which I can only fault for them not playing one of my favourites – ‘Shatter’) and Twin Atlantic (14/10/2016) were both brilliant shows. That’s not to say that my audience experience wasn’t an awkward atmosphere. At Feeder, I discovered what was worse than being stuck behind a 6’8″ man at a concert – being stuck behind a 6’8″ man with atrocious body odour. No amount of drinking cider from a lemon (lemon lemon lemon lemon…) was going to distract me. Ugh. And at Twin Atlantic, now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of 26, I felt like I was the oldest man there not to be assisting their daughter.