John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 2, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Hayes Theatre, May 16 8.5/10 Were the dog-eat-dog world of Wall Street a mathematical series, its logical conclusion would be American Psycho. Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel – among the most misunderstood in history – prophetically suggested that if greed, sexism, hedonism and narcissism go unchecked, they will spawn mutants…

May 30, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, May 13 8/10 One song can change a concert. While still more rousing and distinctive than most acts can dream of being, Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band spent a proportion of their two hours on stage turning in the least mesmerising performance of their four…

May 29, 2019 / Album Reviews

The Gloaming 3 (Real Word/Planet) 9.5/10 The Gloaming is surely the only band rooted in Irish traditional music that would dare to begin an album with prepared piano. When Iarla O Lionaird joins – with an instantly haunting melody sung in Gaelic – you have an encapsulation of why this…