The Truth Stage
Recently I was pleased to review the debut Henge album ‘Attention Earth’.
Replete with atmospheric synthesisers, hypnotic drums and beats, lush guitars and infectious vocals, the album sounds timeless and may one day be considered a classic on some kind of cult level at least.
I’ve seen the band on the circuit a few times and they’ve always been good live, but to see them at Glastonbury unleashing their cacophony of sound is a delight for one and all.
Coming on stage at 3 o’clock in the afternoon they open with the powerful ‘Unit of Power’ which had the crowds attention from the off.
What you have to remember about this band is that it’s not just about the music. The stage presentation is equally as spellbinding, for these are no earthly creatures but aliens from a far-flung galaxy. Of course the riveting repertoire is absolutely brilliant and to a large extent serious, but there is great humour in the stage presentation.The band’s terrific performance is augmented by cosmic dancers and stupendous effects that have the crowd roaring with delight. This multidimensional astral apparition witnesses tracks such as ‘Apocalypse’, ‘New Planet’, and the magnificently executed In ‘Praise of Water’ which has a moving underlying message that is subtle enough not to be branded socio-political. More a gentle nudge from caring sharing alien friends from several thousand million light years away would be a more informed way to describe this mini masterpiece.
For the grand finale the band break into the anthem ‘Demilitarise’. As usual this massively catchy song has the audience chanting along from beginning to end, proving once more that this award-winning band is a triumph to behold.
If Henge’s veritable spaceship lands in a city or town near you, make sure you catch them at their chosen venue. It’s an absolutely fantastic show of five star proportions – miss it… or miss out!