Nestling somewhere in the inexplicable depths that goes by the name of 'Post Rock', LPDA were surprising in so much as they gave a quite low key and sensual performance. Eerie undertones of guitars and trumpet (or was it flugelhorn?) delicately backed by spacey bass and beautifully controlled drums produced a set that was interesting and somewhat hypnotic.
Throbbing, pulsating, rhythmic light and shade, delicate musical structures pouring effortlessly from their instruments broken just occasionally by spoken words, often repetitious, always soft, nicely slotted into a couple of the numbers giving a little light relief, breaking the hold of the onset of hypnotic trance.
LPDA started as a five piece tonight led by Tony Woodhall on guitar and vocal, with drums by Matthew Cousin, bass by Richard Parry and flugelhorn by Jerry Hope. From their literature those four appear to be the nucleus of the unit which then brings in extra bodies when required. The fifth member tonight (possibly Jake Richardson) provided guitar and slide guitar (my apologies if these names are incorrect).
LPDA had some problems along the way though; they arrived too late to sound check and it noticeably affected their set. They tried out some new material which particularly suffered and I think they regretted that choice! Nonetheless, generally an inspired sort of set ending with two slightly more raucous numbers in 'Mercury 13' and 'Column A column B'; great, tuneful but heavily cast numbers the showed the other extremes of their writing and playing.
A very worthwhile experience tonight - a new band (for me!) sampled and enjoyed. Another CD to add to the collection. Another band to look out for.