Live Review from Underground 47:
For UK-based headliners Transition harmony was a secret weapon, transforming what might have verged on a pastiche of everyday indie rock into a truly rousing performance.
Being both good and original is a tough challenge, and Transition could be criticized for magpie tendencies, taking a little Coldplay here, a little U2 there, and a lot of Doves everywhere. Yet strength of vocals and tightness of delivery won over what was now a pretty-much full up Cavern.
They may look a little like chartered accountants on holiday, but Transition are very good. They know exactly what they’re doing, and clearly enjoy it. Their opener suffered from both sound level glitches muffing the guitars, plus a surely-too-close-to-be-coincidental resemblance to U2’s Beautiful Day. But follow-up number Jericho broke down a few walls, and by song three the Cavern was pretty much won over.
While not blazingly new or fresh, the set was consistently good. Catchy songs, uncomplicated arrangements and proficient musicianship throughout. Note to other Underground bands: you only need 10 seconds between songs.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of less-than-established bands who presume that we already like them enough to wave our hands in the air and sing along. It’s possible that we just don’t care. But I was in the minority this evening, and it was hard not to respect the feat of getting the Underground audience to sing along in three-part harmony.
Harmonies were what made this performance special – and far too uncommon in at the Underground. Transition have three powerful voices, and they’re not afraid to use them, to best effect in a quieter number halfway through the set that featured an intro that could almost have been Crosby, Still and Nash.
Transition made a real impact with the 200-or-so audience at Underground 47. More please.
Quote from Transition (UK 聯合王國): “For our first time in Hong Kong, The Underground was definitely the place to be. It wasn’t just a great gig in central Hong Kong, but it felt like we were part of Hong Kong’s indigenous movement to promote creativity in music, it was a pleasure to link up with the other local bands that night and here’s to the growth of Underground in the years to come!