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>SIX BY SEVEN
w/ IDEALS GRACE

LEICESTER, CHARLOTTE: 28.01.05

Having only heard a handful of songs from the band playing tonight making me pretty a total novice to Six by Seven. The gig takes place in regular haunt for Leicester’s low key indie gigs the Charlotte is usually a prefect place to catch your favourite band before they hit the over ground. Tonight’s support comes from Leicester small but growing scene.

The second band on the line up is 2004 formed punk/emo outfit Ideals Grace a fresh faced trio who you wouldn’t expect to possess such emotions most notably their atmospheric song ‘wishful thinking’, it’s a beautiful song which starts from fragile slow opener

 

to morph into full on wall of noise that demands to be heard. Only real let down was the fact the sound in the venue was quite poor at points throughout the night.

Six by Seven's three members enter the stage to a near blacked out room you can only slightly glance the singer

 

amongst the moving lights. A shame they never really move from their positions throughout the night as lack of action on stage and stage banter through the set distances the connection between the band and the crowd and the audience seems to be holding back. At most some of the more animated people in the audience nod their heads in motion almost on the verge of dancing. There are gems amongst their set such as ‘clouds’, which has the most beautiful summer feeling chorus that heats up the hearts of the audience in a very cold January. Six by Seven are very loud the sound consumes the whole venue and leaves little room for their keyboards to be heard. Its hard to tell where songs start and end as the brash loud sound they create makes most songs sound the

same, which is a real shame as a lot of the charm of their studio recordings was their good contrast of all their instruments. Thoughts as leaving the gig Im kind of left bemused half liking what I saw tonight and half wondering whether I will remember the performance next week.

Review by Lee Hooper

www.sixbyseven.co.uk
www.idealsgrace.com