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District 97 Live Review - Manchester, Sound Control

Live Review

Venue: Sound Control, Manchester

Dave Kerzner and District 97 at the live controls, with special guest Durga McBroom.

Dave Kerzner is hardly a household name, but he’s well-connected in progressive circles: known for founding Sound Of Contact and serving up ‘atmospherics’ for the likes of Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett.

As such, Stranded sees Kerzner welcome one-time Pink Floyd backing vocalist Durga McBroom to the stage and she remains for the set; periodically unleashing some ceiling-high bursts.

The band themselves are more than capable, too. In particular, guitarist Fernando Perdomo, who glides through an extensive solo on The Lie with such conviction that Prog even forgives his bowler hat affectation.

The much-missed Keith Emerson guested on the studio recording of Kerzner’s Crossing Of Fates, so that’s what we’re expecting when Kerzner announces his “tip of the hat tribute”. Instead we get a powerful cover of ELP’s very own Lucky Man. It’s an emotive rendition – Kerzner’s laser-like keys halo-ing across Perdomo’s ever-climbing guitar notes in sheets of white noise.

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