London rules. Period. Virtually any night you want to go out and see a gig, you can (except for last Friday; what the hell was that?). Monday night it was time to head all of 15 minutesí walk away to the Scala to see Mancunian rockers Haven. I had heard their new single, ìTell Me,î on the radio and was anxious to check out a live show containing material with this new, more guitar-heavy direction. I was not to be disappointed.
The quartet from the music mecca of Manchester opened off their first London show in over a year with a hits selection of sorts, unleashing ìBeautiful Thing,î ìLet It Live,î and the new single to kick off the gig. It put the crowd in the proper mood and frontman Gary Briggs was in fine form, his angelic tones hitting the same register as on album and his attitude gracious, often thanking the crowd for their applause and shouts. ìSay Something,î ìStill Tonight,î and ìLet It Live,î were all greeted loudly by the packed house, witnessing the first Haven show in their nation in quite some time. It was evident that the band hadnít been playing live much lately, as guitarist Nat Wason started the wrong song on a few occasions, but there was much frivolity and laughter between the band when these mishaps occurred, further demonstrating their sheer joy at playing in front of their fans again. The material was about 60% from their debut, Between The Senses, with the rest from their upcomong long-player, tenatively titled What Love Is. The new material was more up-tempo than the previous record and showcased well live. I canít wait to check out the LP; I have a feeling itís going to be something special. A big shout out to Joe Moss and Jay ìEmail Wizardî Schatz for the hook-up.