Stunning Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans on Sat 4th Feb 06
This duo is not the best in Hertfordshire.
They are the best in the entire South East of the UK!
You just do not experience such emotional power through music when
you go out to most gigs. I just remember thinking to myself as Alice
perfectly delivered her sweet, soulful, jazz-laden vocal outburst...
these guys MUST make it in this silly world. And then I remembered that
lots of people who go to see live bands (let's say tributes) don't actually
listen, they just soak up the music.
But if you really listened to the unique melodies and fresh delivery
of these songs, your 7 quid would have been justified many times over.
Alice's voice is a sensuous mix of Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Sam
Brown, Maria McKee, but with the ability to soften her tone not just
between songs, but during individual songs - her vocal gymnastics were
spine-tingling. You want to connect emotionally with music that is new,
fresh and moving? You want to go home and feel better about life, about
music? Do you believe that live music goes beyond rock tributes, carbon
copy blues, sad Sunday strummers, tuneless mega-egos...? I do, and I
heartily recommend these two seemingly insignificant, yet brilliant
people to you.
Allan S, Fri 24th Mar 06
Reply from Pale Marble Movie: Hi Allan S, thanks for a review that warms
us up, will be put on our site and quoted from. Good to know you know,
come say helllo. We are @ 'The Horn' Wed 12th April. Alice n Chris
Live Gig Review - 'Horn Reborn' St Albans -
by Steve Maggs of the Watford Observer
I like to think I can trust my nose. Every
now and again it lets me find out things I don’t want
to know but generally it does it’s job.
On Monday, June 16, I went along to The Horns in Watford
for the third of the showcase nights there. The night promised
much and between them Pale Marble Movie and Carl Payne provided
one of the best nights in terms of musical quality and distinctive
songwriting the venue has seen.
PMM were on first and wowed an appreciative if not
vast audience with their sublime and truly individual music.
Alice and her dad Chris mix excellent vocals - with some gripping
harmonies - guitar and flute to great effect. Alice has a sensational
voice which would stand out in any setting, but when mixed with
Chris’ and in the context of their folky tunes and wry
lyrics it sets the stage alight.
That meant Carl Payne had his work cut out to make
an impression. He did though, in fact his thoughtful, compelling
tunes seemed to compliment PMM’s perfectly. After a few
songs on his own Carl was joined by his band and played a superb
set using his distinctive voice and great guitar work beautifully.
Look out for them both, two truly outstanding acts.