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Long Distance Calling live review - Exchange, Bristol

Live Review

Venue: Exchange, Bristol

German post-rockers take over the Bristol Exchange.

Thunderously heavy and ambitiously complex, German instrumental prog metal quintet Long Distance Calling sound like the missing link between Led Zeppelin and Radiohead on their latest album, Trips. But enjoyment levels of this show would largely depend on how much you prefer the former over the latter, because the black-clad M√ľnster combo mostly play to their simplistic rock beast side in Bristol.

They begin with Getaway, the opening track on their new album, which has a kind of rolling Krautrock groove that lays roaring guitars over pre-recorded synthesiser washes. Soon afterwards comes Momentum, also built around a pulsing electronic spine. In their studio versions, both tracks have more orchestration and streamlined melodic whoosh, with faint echoes of vintage Jean-Michel Jarre. But on stage, guitars and drums take primacy over strings and electronics, especially when Momentum switches gear from synth rock gallop to slow, punchy, grinding headbanger.

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