Paul Draper promises a two part show of solo material from his acclaimed first long player ‘Spooky Action’ followed by a carefully reconstructed rendition of Mansun’s epic Attack Of The Grey Lantern.
With his new band lineup of Ben Sink, Beau Barnard , Jon Barnett and Christina Hizon he does what it says on the tin.
The atmosphere is electric as the psychedelic ‘Don’t Poke The Bear’ eases us into the eight song first half with a perfectly balanced mixture of urgency and emotion with solo classics like Things People Want , Grey House , ‘b-side’ The Silence Is Deafening, Who’s Wearing The Trousers and the heartbreaking ‘Friends Make The Worst Enemies’.
Draper looks on triumphant top form as he interacts with his loyal followers , almost a select clan, as he and the band effortlessly slip into part two ‘Grey Lantern’ territory with album opener ‘The Chad Who Loved Me’ with the unbelievably talented Ben Sink faithfully reproducing guitar heaven.
The magic continues throughout the entire gig
Mansuns Only Love Song , Taxloss , Wide Open Space are highlights for me as crowd and band become one to sing the penultimate ‘Dark Mavis’ .
Ending on the satirical ‘Lyrical Trainspotter’ the bonus ‘hidden’ track on Lantern the time has flown past (it really does fly when your’e having fun) and the lights go down to a cheering Portsmouth crowd.
I am no longer cold but warmed with the excitement of the extravaganza that i was lucky enough to see from the front row.