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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Joe Reid: Postgraduate Recital @ The Music Studios, Newcastle University - August 20

Joe Reid (drums) + Neil Graham (guitar, vocals); Josh Fascia (bass guitar); Steve Grant (keyboards, vocals); Liam Mulpetre (guitar); Alex Brand (bass guitar)
(Review by Russell)

Earlier this year BSH caught drummer Joe Reid in action, first at the Dun Cow with the Bold Big Band and subsequently at his interim postgrad recital in Newcastle University's purpose-built Music Studios. On this late summer day Reid was about to undertake his final recital before  heading out into the scary world of hustling for gigs hoping to bag a seat on a globetrotting tour bus. 
The title of Reid's recital took the form of a question: How Can Complexity Be Musical? Earplugs were on offer as they had been earlier in the day at fellow drummer Will Earl's recital. One again BSH eschewed the offer. Noise? Bring it on! Reid's set list included riffing, shredding numbers by the likes of Porcupine Tree, Animals as Leaders (it appears Reid and Earl are of a like mind) and Wasting Destiny (Reid's gigging band). Time signatures (7/8, 7/4, 7/16, 20/16 - there were others!), meter changes, polyrhythms, evidience of endurance - so this is the kind of thing Reid has been looking at during his time at university. 

Wasting Destiny band mates Neil Graham and Josh Fashia joined him once again as they had done earlier in the year and on this occasion additional help came in the form of Liam Mulpetre (busking/gigging guitarist of local repute) and bassist Alex Brand. As with Will Earl's recital, Reid's performance occupied the fast lane with more frenentic shredding from Mulpetre. It wasn't jazz, it was loud, no two ways about it. Reid's programme notes included a quote from Aaron Copland: Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple. Reid will continue to gig with Wasting Destiny. Who knows what lies ahead, time will tell.      
Russell

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