The Pineapple Thief are an indie and progressive rock band from Somerset, England. They have been around since 1999 and have an impressive 10 albums under their belt. I have to be honest and state from the off that although I was aware of the band, I cannot claim to have had them on my radar.
The Blues Garage is still a fantastic venue (albeit with difficult lighting). Tonight I was here to see ‘The Pineapple Thief’ on their current tour in in support of album Number 10 which was released in September 2014 – ‘Magnolia’.
Opening with past classics, ‘What we have sown’ & ‘Wake up the dead’ my attention was grabbed from the outset. A show of intent on how things were to progress? Most definitely.
Having been to more than a few concerts in Germany, I have a good idea of how an audience usually ticks. Not so tonight. As the band played ‘The one you left to die’ the Hannover crowd were already getting into the swing of things. It was difficult to tell who were novices and who were long term fans. Generally when I go to a gig I’m there on an assignment and concentrate on that. As they charged through the ‘Magnolia’ track list I began to get into the vibe now surrounding me to the point where I put my camera and notebook away and just watched
The Pineapple Thief seem to have mastered the ability to move a concert crowd to the brink with their (sometimes Foo Fighteresque) riffs and extended prog marathons – (‘All the Wars’), then bring them back from the brink with a softer, ballad type number – (‘From Me’) and in the progress leave them wanting more.
A race through old and new material, the show was over in an instant. Ending with an encore that included – ‘Part zero’ & ‘Nothing at best’ , it was obvious the band work extremely hard at what they do, and it pays off. The only thing the Pineapple thief stole tonight was the show………..
Stand out tracks from the gig were ‘Simple as That’, ‘The One You Left to Die’ and ‘Magnolia’. All of which are now on my playlist.
The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord – Vocals
Dan Osborne – Drums,
Jon Sykes – Bass
Steve Kitch – Keyboards