The Selecter at Band On The Wall, Manchester (13/10/12)

Manchester Photographer Shay Rowan has been out and about in town again. Always to be found at gigs snapping away with his trusty camera, this time he shares his thought and images from The Selecter gig from Band On The Wall.

Over thirty years may have passed since The Selecter burst onto the scene as an integral part of the ska revival with their debut album “Too Much Pressure” released on Two Tone (the label that they shared with The Specials and Madness) but time has done nothing to dull the edge of either their dynamic sound or the desire to reflect their views on the politics that shape our lives and the ever changing landscape of living in a multicultural society.

 

But time has done nothing to dull the edge of either their dynamic sound or the desire to reflect their views on the politics that shape our lives and the ever changing landscape of living in a multicultural society.

 

Although much of the present line up has changed, those present have been carefully chosen to ensure that the classic songs from their glory days are performed to perfection as are the tracks from their excellent latest album “Made In Britain” which both lyrically and musically sits perfectly beside their debut album and bears all the hallmarks of Selecter style.

 

 

What makes the whole night so wonderfully successful however is the sheer quality of performance by the two original members who front the band and help to whip the packed venue into a frenzy – Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson whose on stage chemistry is nothing short of amazing with ‘Gaps’ sweat soaked relentless dancing contrasting with Pauline – an epitomy of coolness with her immaculate style and brilliant vocal performance.

 

 

All images © Shay Rowan
For more information about Selecter visit their webpage and see their Facebook page

 

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