Brit Floyd – Casino NB – 03/06/12

Posted: 2nd March 2012 by refrainmusic in Concerts

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - March 06 /12

An exciting event for rock fans, and specifically for Pink Floyd fans came to Casino NB on March 06…Brit Floyd!   A cataclysm of light and sound the Brit Floyd show is an onslaught of music that sweeps you up in it’s melodic menagerie and dances you to the end.  Newly branded, the show may be new but the players are not, all the musicians are drawn from the better known Australian Pink Floyd show which is still currently touring and has been for almost twenty years.

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - 03/06/12

Brit Floyd’s show began promptly at 8:00pm with a long melodic intro to the first song…the crowd roared in appreciation, the lights dim, the video screen came to life and the show hummed to life.   The fans of Floyd also tend to have a penchant for ‘herbs’ and took the opportunity to partake of such at this moment…like a heart monitor the video screen pounded out a beat and we were on our way.   Brit Floyd excel in their visualization and in recreating the conceptual stories that often came hand in hand with the many songs which provide a core to Pink Floyd’s albums.  Even if you have been fortunate enough to see the origina Floyd live, you will not be disappointed by the Brit Floyd show, at times closing my eyes, and feeling like I was hearing the real thing with only slight subtle nuance differences.

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - 03/06/12

Rolling through their first three songs (even though this took almost twenty minutes) I was almost thrown off enough that I forgot to take pictures at how amazing the sound on “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” was with guitarists Bobby Harrison and Damian Darlington providing a roller coaster of sound from either side of the stage.   The band was massive with the aforementioned guitarist Bobby Harrison, Drummer, Arran Ahmun, Percussionist/Saxophonist Carl Brundsen, Bassist Ian Cattell, gutarist & musical director Damian Darlington, keyboardist Rob Stringer, and background vocalists Emily Jollands, Jacquie Williams, and Ola Bienkowska.  All played a part, that took us through album after album of Pink Floyd musical history.

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - 03/06/12

 Ian Cattel and Damian Darlington have mastered the vocals of Floyd, and don’t miss a vocal beat with taking you on a journey through songs like “Mother” which left me with a jaw dropping appreciation of this group and their talent, they have mastered the timing, the intonation and sound of the songs they have chosen.  “Pigs” takes us through to the end of the first set with the inflating of a giant pig to the left of the stage, and some fantastic lighting.  Now speaking of the intermission I thought it aided in making the show a bit on the long side and perhaps if the band chose to keep it as part of the show, perhaps to shorten it by a bit.  The second set started with an a full version of “Echoes”, and when I say full I mean almost twenty minutes full.  It saw a mesmerizing vocal performance from back up vocalist Ola Bienkowska on “Great Gig in the Sky” that absolutely blew the audience away.

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - 03/06/12

The second set brought us, arguably, the three most recognizable Floyd songs in “Wish You Were Here”, which Darlington performs the vocal stunningly on, “Another Brick In The Wall”, and “Comfortably Numb” which with the aid of some theatrics (doctors smock and a big syringe, etc) by bassist Ian Cattel and the video screen brought the Floyd experience to life…the band performing all of these songs flawlessly.

Brit Floyd - Bobby Harrison - Casino NB - 03/06/12

The band ended the almost three hour night to grand applause from the greatly appreciative Casino NB crowd that brought the band back for a finishing touch performance of ‘Run Like Hell’ complete with bass player and singer Ian Cattell in biker shades and leather trench coat.  I highly recommend, if you are a Pink Floyd fan, rock music fan, hell just a music fan to see Brit Floyd if you get the chance, it’s a wonderful musical experience that will leave you wanting more…I’ll be seeing them again next time they come around!  To the band, Casino NB, and CMP Live I thank you for a wonderful night of musical entertainment…until next time!

Brit Floyd - Casino NB - 03/06/12