Now I have to admit to being a little iffy when it comes to tribute bands in general. I sometimes feel that it could be seen as making a living on someone else’s back. However I am occasionally prepared to make an exception and when it comes to this band it is no hardship at all.
Formed in 2010 following the split in Australian Pink Floyd, who I thoroughly enjoyed back in 2009 when they played inDunfermline. Brit Floyd consist of musicians and singers who have all previously been part of APT so are obviously well versed in their mentors music and together with a superbly designed and highly technical stage package ensured that the 1000 or so fanatics who packed into Dunfermline’s most prestigious performing space had a night they would remember for a long, long time.
Right on time they kicked off and what a way to start. One of my favourite numbers ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ gradually built as the six musicians and three female vocalist recreated this masterpiece note perfectly, and in general set the tone for the 2hours 45 minutes that followed, no way did they shortchange anyone that’s fore sure.
Dipping back in time to the Barrett era with See Emily Play, via excursions into The Darkside of the Moon territory, Wish You were Here, Echoes, a huge chunk from The Wall, the classics just kept coming, each one faithfully replicated by the sublime musicians and vocalists on stage and all lapped up en masse by the ecstatic audience.
I have to say I am a huge Pink Floyd fan so I guess I would have been as aware as anyone for less than top notch performances, although I’ve never seem them play I do have most of the albums, and I am delighted to say I was held in rapt awe throughout.
If you get a chance, do yourself a favour and check them out. Future gigs can be found on their website www.britfloyd.com and why not see some of the forthcoming shows on offer on www.alhambradunfermline.com at the same time.
Reviewed by Geoff