Live Music + Gig Reviews

Reef @ Astoria, London

4 December 2000



Jimmy Page-like riffs and Jack Bessant’s throbbing basslines reverberate around the Astoria. There are going to be a good few cases of tinitus tonight.

West Country stars Reef have produced four albums of effortless musicianship and simple adherence to the power of the riff. They are currently nine dates into their UK tour but there seems little rock and roll fatigue as Stringer and Bessant take it in turns to perform prostrate on the stage, meet and great or generally lark about.

I obviously missed a lot but from what I do hear their latest single, Superhero, it stands out and soars with it’s exhilarating and catchy hook line.

They perform two encores – the second of which sees exhausted but not yet beaten drummer, Dominic Greensmith, stagger back on stage like a new born calf. Tonight was an unexpected treat for me. My appetite has not just been whetted – it has been soaked.

“Oi Gary, see you at The Forum next year!” 1st Feb; I’ll be the one there early.

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