Charles Harries

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Men I Trust

Yep, Men I Trust were good. But we already knew that.

Men I Trust at the O2 Ritz

Men I Trust wound up being terrific. A little bit light on the banter, which, I like banter—but we can’t all be Colin Meloy, famously banter-prone.

I think the set list might have benefited from a cover halfway through; Men I Trust have a definite sound that gets a little same-ey after 25 minutes or so. Something 90s with a bit of excitement would have gone over well, like “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins or even “Everlong”.

On the plus side, the sound was extremely faithful to their records, which I guess is a matter of preference but in this case came across really well. I noticed as well that they cut a couple of songs short dropping a verse & chorus on the numbers that are really just glorified basslines with some vocals atop. I think this was probably the right call.

Sam says it was the quietest gig she’s ever been to. She might be right.

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