Review: Ellipses Presents
In the sold out upstairs of the New Albany Pub we were lucky enough to squeeze into the inaugural Ellipse Presents. The first of what promises to be a regular haunt for those looking to soak up some local live music from all over the musical spectrum. Those in attendance certainly got their moneys worth in a stacked bill consisting of four great acts ranging from soulful acoustic to psych-rock, a rouge smoke machine and a fire alarm keen to join in on backing vocals at times.
Andy Beglin opened proceedings with his melancholic acoustic melodies gently floating over the crowd from his seated position in the centre of the stage. The poetic set closer “America” being a personal highlight. It was then time for Suns of Rest to bring the electrifying psych and almost the fire brigade. The swelling, thumping psychedelic rhythms partnered with vocals mixing Oasis and the Doors were clearly not going to be stopped for anything and powered through the set drowning out any alarm intrusion. The Big Sugars brought the energy. Smashing out a non-stop set of high intensity rock music while the lead singer threw himself about the stage to really get the crowd moving.
Headlining the night we had The Merciful Wizards in their debut gig. Visually channelling the spirit of the 60’s in all its glory but with a very much modern alt-rock sound full of sweeping guitars and strong hooky vocals throughout. For a first gig in this exciting new project you could forgive a few rough edges, but the set was as tight and impressive as they come. Go check out debut single “Dream” and see what the wizards are all about for yourself.
And so what else can we say about the first Ellipse Presents except that it was a great night of local live music and we cant wait for the next one. Check out our social media feeds for information on the next instalment of what we hope will become a regular, audio guide to the best music in Coventry.
Written by Tom Godwin. Photography by Adam Goss.