“He shrunk more and more from the realities of life and above all from the society of his day which he regarded with an ever growing horror.”
It was during a Bernard & Edith gig in a Whalley Range Church last year, that singer Paul Blake let me into his secret – Ship Of Fools. Even listening through the cheap set of earphones, I could tell something very special was in the midst of being created.
Ship Of Fools are new and… not new, having previously released material under the same name in the mid 90’s. I admire any band that can re-invent themselves, even more so years later… but you can hear the life experience in every note. I was amazed to discover Blake’s vocals are being used for the first time, because with his subtle Morrissey-esque tones, they are beautifully resplendent. I’ll See You On The Other Side is a vivid introduction, shimmering guitars dancing in full colour with more than a shade of Cocteau Twins. This is a song about loss and hope… each word carefully chosen, each nuance poignant and from the heart. Ship Of Fools is a complete vision both lyrically and musically – I can’t wait to hear more.