Friday 18th Oct 2002
"Glory (Misunderstood)" CD Launch
Armadale Hotel Upstairs, Armadale
8:45 - Rubber Bullet
9:30 - Photos Of Being
10:30 - beggardawn
11:30 - WALKEN
One Of These Days
Give It Up
Pick Me Last
"Driver 8" - R.E.M. (acoustic)
So Over It (acoustic)
Free Ride (acoustic)
In A Hitman's Brain
Fish Out Of Water
I Like It
Huge night to support the release of the "Glory (Misunderstood)" single.
Debut of "Mosquito" and "Fish Out Of Water" and the last time Walken would play the R.E.M. cover "Driver 8".
Review - David Golding:
I arrived late at the Armadale on Friday the 18th of October, so I missed
the three lead-in acts. When Walken kicked off their CD launch with 'One Of
These Days' I knew I was there for the headline though. The people milling
around the room filled out to be a crowd, an audience. The band played with
confidence. Energy passed between us and the mix was just right.
What kind of band is Walken? Influences are easy to spot, Powderfinger, REM,
Faith No More. A band that hasn't given up on rock. There were dancing
songs, songs for moshing, songs to sway to. The set lasted for over an hour with no
real breaks and only one cover, yet they didn't exhaust the play worthy
material that their friends in the crowd kept calling for. That headline
quality again, like a real band they have the depth to move from punk to
pastiche pure pop, the skill to put together a set list that tells the
crowd this is just for them.
After seven songs, including one well-received new song, the band
transitioned into a short acoustic set starting with a cover of REM's
'Driver 8'. The cover was one of only two songs that misfired that night, with
vocalist Heath Smith not quite making a match with the music. Let me quickly
say that one of Walken's most obvious strengths to new new listeners is his
beautiful voice and that during this gig he otherwise maintained his power
The final part of the gig saw Walken return to electricity with 'Glory', the
single that they were there to promote. (Notably they didn't play 'Lucy',
the other fine studio song on the single.) This part also saw them play two of
their older songs and another new song. The difference between the Walken of
today and the Walken I saw play their first gig at the start of 2001 (apart
from a changeover of drummers) is the blend of old and new, it is no longer
distinguishable which song is more practised. The band, though clearly
enjoying themselves, played tight and together.
Personally I haven't been so excited at a gig since I first saw the Mavis's,
supporting Tea Party. And the rest of the audience was too big for everyone
to have been friends of Walken and they were cheering plenty loud.