For a band from land-locked Manchester, I Am Kloot certainly include a lot of references to the sea and aquatic imagery in their songs.
While there was plenty of water in the career spanning set – At The Sea, The Same Deep Water As Me, Morning Rain – it was cans of the black stuff that fuelled the “irregular triangle” of (seated) bassist Pete Jobson, drummer Andy Hargreaves and frontman John Bramwell.
With a set heavy on tracks from their brilliant new album – the powerful Hold Back The Night and These Days Are Mine bringing out the biggest crowd reaction – Bramwell punctuated performances with wit and repartee, often with a glint in his eye and tongue in cheek.
“That’s brilliant, that one,” he joked immodestly after one song. No one disagreed.
With a backing band that doubled their number, “Kloot” treated the sell-out crowd to a visit through all their albums, from their debut Natural History to their Mercury nominated Sky At Night (Radiation another stand-out tune) and current long player Let Them All In.
If there’s another band that can do beauty, sorrow and human observation better than these three guys, I’ve yet to see them. A magical night and a fitting end to their current UK tour.
Catch them at one of this summer’s festivals.