The Fall – Live – Falmouth. Was it genius, or was it awful? That was mixed feeling from the crowd leaving the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth following the show from Manchester’s legendary post punk band The Fall.
Mark E Smith is often referred to as a legend and their live performances can either be a hit or a miss. This time it was the latter.
Three years ago when the Fall last played Falmouth it was a hit, and tonight’s crowd were expecting the same. But sadly there was something missing. Drunkenly staggering around the stage twiddling with the bands equipment Mark E Smith led us through a set consisting of mainly new material and the occasional old tune ‘Tuff Life Boogie’ and the Big Bopper cover ‘White Lightning’.
Although the band were solid; and are the most consistent Fall line up over the years, they missed the presence of keyboardist and Smith’s wife Elena Poulou.
As the band left the stage we wondered if we’d witnessed a stroke of genius or something awful? Whatever you though it was certainly entertaining.
The evening began with a new band from Cornwall ‘Mildred Maude’ who were playing their third ever show. The set comprised of one epic instrumental which began life as quiet guitar feedback and then built into a wall of sound. Considering much of the crowd had not heard of Mildred Maude or knew what to expect they seemed transfixed by the Mogwai esq guitars and post punk sound, these guys were definitely the highlight of the night and I think we can expect to see and hear a lot more from them in the coming months.