31st May 2006, Manchester, UK.The Cooper Temple Clause: 4 of the 5 bandmembers
I've finally seen The Cooper Temple Clause for the first time in my life and it was totally AWESOME! The last time a band managed to thrill me like that was Mansun, who where also playing in the Manchester Academy 2 during their try out tour back in 2002.
The mighty rockgods of TCTC played an one and a half hour set with a good mix of old and new stuff*:
Been Training Dogs
Talking To A Brick Wall
Isn't It strange
All I see is you
The Same Mistakes
*I've copied the list from a user on the TCTC forum, my memory is not that good.
I couldn't tell whether it was better or less good without Didz
-who'd left TCTC for ex-Libertine Carl Barats' Dirty Pretty Things- as I've never seen them live before but boy oh boy, The Coopers rocked really hard! It was a rampant electrical charged gig, astonishing, impressive, spine-tingling and all other similar adjectives you can think of show.
It's clear most of the fans needs a few listens to the new songs before they can get used to it and I have to admit I wasn't blown away by two new songs 'Homosapiens' and 'Isn't It Strange'. Perhaps I'll like it more when I hear the definitive versions of it when the 3rd album is out.
'Head','Connect' and 'All I See Is You' are more melodic songs a la the stuff on Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose. 'Waiting Game' works better live than the free mp3 version and I really love 'Damage' now having heard it live too. My opinion on this song at first was "ok, but it wasn't their best single" so guess this is also the kind of track that works better when played live.
The old stuff is ACE; 'Been Training Dogs', 'Blind Pilots', 'Talking To A Brick Wall' (I couldn't believe they were really playing this one!), 'Film-Maker', 'New Toys', 'AIM' (a killing song!), 'Promises, Promises' (I felt like I can die happily after this one), 'The Same Mistakes' and the new version of 'Panzer Attack'.
I was curious and a bit afraid at the same time of hearing this new version of Panzer Attack as I've read some fans think it had ruined the original one. I'm sure the original live version of Panzer Attack must have been mind-blowing but I was pleasantly surprised by this techno/raved up version! It gave me this energetic 'RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRGGGH, gimme more, gimme more, gimme more...' feeling, a massive adrenaline shot.
Crowd went several times really mental and although I thought it was funny to see the peeps in the mosh pit I was also glad I wasn't IN there but just a few -safely- centimeters away of it and still close enough to the front. (but not close enough to take decent pics of TCTC)
Greedy as I am, I really hope they'll release a live cd/dvd with ALL their works on it one day!
Mansun will always be my all time favorite band but as they've split my current still going on band is The Cooper Temple Clause!the cooper temple clausemansunThe Cooper Temple ClauseMansun