(Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI - October 19th, 2006)
Up-and-coming (to the US of A, at least) Brit band Starsailor -personally hand picked by main act James Blunt to open up for him on his return North American tour - arrived to the stage tonight quietly, pensive, yet obviously self-confident.
At 7.30pm on the button the lights go down and the band - that sell out their UK tours quicker than a moth finds a flame - began their 40 minute set. Opening with 'Counterfeit Life,' the quartet from Chorley, England don't smile much but man their sound is solid.
"Good evening, Detroit," lead singer James Walsh speaks before the second song. "We are a band called 'Go Tigers!' Well, that's what it says on the front of the theatre anyway," he laughs. [Note: The reference is due to the Detroit Tiger's home baseball stadium being located directly opposite the venue!] The sad lament of 'Alcoholic' is next up, before 'Get Out While You Can' is brought next to the fore.
"It's good to be back," Walsh speaks once more. "The last time we were here was with The Charlatans." Greeted by absolute silence save for one lone clap to their right, he adds, "Well, at least he knows who they are!" 'Hold On To What You've Got' is next, but it's the lack of stage bells and whistles that are really starting to impressive the still-filing in audience. Starsailor just want to rock, just want to impress with their sound, just want to play.
Introducing the next song to have been their #1 smash hit in France, 'Fall To The Floor' is sung, before both 'Keep Us Together' and 'Good Souls' lead us to the final song of the evening. "Thanx for being a great crowd for us tonight," Walsh finally mentions before the Phil / Nicole Spector-inspired 'Silence Is Easy' brings just that to the proceedings ... silence!
Review by: Russell A. Trunk
Photo by: Thom Hamilton