The Pineapple Thief + Howard James Kenny @ Robin2, Bilston – 16 September 2012

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Review and photos by Russ Powney

Tonight the Robin held sway to the continuing rise of The Pineapple Thief, who arrived to promote their latest studio release “All The Wars” which has, with some justification, received much critical acclaim.  Tonight’s set contained all nine album tracks, all fitting seamlessly into a seventeen song set list.  Proof of just how strong an album “All The Wars” is.

Providing support was Howard James Kenny, a multi-talented if solitary performer.  Howard produced a moving and often hauntingly beautiful set of songs including a re- working of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”.  Howard’s technical mastery of multi-track loops really was breath-taking. Singularly lit, it only complemented Howard’s style and enhanced his performance.  Rich and complex, I would have no hesitation in recommending Howard James Kenny, and look forward to crossing his path again in the very near future.

All The Wars should provide The Pineapple Thief with a game changing and possibly career defining release.  Bruce Soord and co have already compiled an impressive catalogue of songs but their latest album moves things along rather nicely.  The Pineapple Thief are a band at the top of their game, industrious driving rhythm section, manic sizzling guitar, throw in Steve Kitch on keyboards and all bases are covered.  Are they “prog”?  I really wouldn’t like to say.  I wouldn’t like to pigeonhole them.  What I would say is, whatever genre they do fit in, they are at the top table and lead all the way.

Bruce Soord often looks lost in his own world, drifting along with his own thoughts for company; then he awakes dragging himself forward into the present.  The music is reviving him, feeding him, giving him life.  Confidence exudes from The Pineapple Thief; they command your attention, they reach out and pull you into their world.

On tonight’s evidence only bigger things await The Pineapple Thief.  Catch them now and revel in everything they have to offer.

Set: All The Wars, Wake Up The Dead, Last Man Standing, 3000 Days, Burning Pieces, Show A Little Love, Warm Seas, Someone Pull Me Out, One More Step Away, Snowdrop, Party Zero, Every Last moment, Give It Back, Build A World, Someone Here Is Missing, Reaching Out.

Encore: Nothing At Last, Light Up Your Eyes

And you can see more pics from the show here: