Graham Coxon had already made national headlines in the hours before the planned final performance of his current tour at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion, when he tweeted pictures and news of his narrow escape from the unexpected, and tragic, fire that entirely gutted Falmouth tourist mainstay, the Falmouth Beach Hotel. The stripey tee’d national treasure tweeted to fans; ‘We watched it… We had to leave the foyer and then watch it get worse and worse ..rather sad.’ Panic was prompted within fans who were hoping for an intimate audience with the star and an airing of tracks from his newly released, and critically acclaimed, 8th solo album ‘A & E’.
Thankfully, and with nary a trip to a & e required, the show went on as planned with Graham and band taking to the stage come nine for a rip roaring showcasing of the new material. Prior to this, and very timely for a rock ‘n’ roll show, came the support act, a young local band by the name of ‘Shade of Red’. The five piece, emanating from St. Ives and of an average age of 17, impressed with their frenetic indie pop that amalgamated a number of different styles and influences, including that of a distinct piratical element. Set piece, and the song that won them the position supporting Coxon, was the cheekily titled ‘Bastard next door’ (a swear delivered disarmingly charmingly by the lead singer), which got the pre-Coxon crowd moving.
Coxon and band took to the stage not long after, Graham characteristically shy, awkward and charming in talking to the crowd that filled out the majority of the Pavilion, before throwing himself into a guitar led and stabbing, punky indie rock track. Coxon played through the majority of the new tracks from ‘A & E’, which all share that self same anarchic quality, such as ‘Advice’, ‘City Hall’ and ‘Ohh, Yeh Yeh’. These were integrated with slower and more measured tracks, such as those from Coxon’s previous folksy solo effort, ‘The spinning top’, delivering a moving respite to the crowd and a showcase of Coxon’s versatility.
The front of the crowd opened into a forceful, and yet Coxon friendly, mosh pit come the playing of such classics as ‘You & I’, which is sung along to, emphatically, by the Pavilion crowd. New single, the poppier ‘What’ll it take’ finishes off the set and, much to Coxon’s seeming pleasure, sends the crowd into a continued frenzy of arms, legs and excited voices. The interrogative refrain of the chorus, ‘What’ll it take to make you people dance?’ was answered resoundingly by the Falmouth crowd with a catchy new Coxon release. With that, and following an hour and a half of music led by one quarter of one of Britain’s most celebrated bands sourcing from his own remarked solo career, Coxon offered a thanks and raised his hand to the crowd. They greet him with nothing but gratitudinous applause.