Mike Marlin Live
at the Club Academy, Manchester
Reviewed by Brian Grehan
There is something refreshingly good about seeing live music especially when its played so good. Being a bit selective of what music I like I was a bit apprehensive when I entered the Club Academy in Manchester a few days ago to see Mike Marlin and his band. Unfortunately the venue was sadly virtually empty when they took to the stage. The lack of people made the show much more intimate and it felt like Mike and the band were playing in my living room!
The opening song was a bit downbeat and I thought this was not going be for me but that all changed when the female vocalist came on stage! With her powerful vocal input the songs sounded better and more upbeat. I was very impressed with the material and how tight the band were as a unit. Songs like "Skull Beneath the Skin" and the title track of the latest album "The Grand Reveal" were excellent and well worth another listen.
All too soon the set was finished and Mike promised to come out and give everyone a badge which to my surprise he did a unique marketing idea! I was very impressed by my first Mike Marlin gig and I look forward to seeing him and his band very soon and becoming more familiar with their set. A definite big thumbs up!