Gig review: STATE OF EDEN – Ashford, Middlesex 19 May 2013

St.Matthew’s Church Hall, Ashford, Middlesex

State of Eden played their debut gig at a charity fundraising event for two diabetic charities and it was good debut gig. The main focus of the band are the two keyboards players, father and son team Steve and Alex Jenkins, both of whom also share vocals.

The band line-up is completed by Jasmine Ritchie on guitar and Phil Jenkins on drums. With the band fairly restricted movement wise with having two keyboards players the band have cleverly made up for this by adding visuals projected on a backdrop – very Tangerine Dream.

Musically the band are still finding their feet somewhat as some of the songs are evolving and this is common with any band as they adapt their studio musical ideas to a live environment. Two strong instrumentals kick off the set, ‘Richard III’ (not the Supergrass song) and ‘Dr Cooper’s Secret Worm Hole’. The latter a classic prog song title if ever there was one! The vocal led songs followed with ‘I Saw A Wall Fall’ and ‘Little Boat’, possibly the most instant song in the set. Then we had ‘Spooks’ (rock ‘n’ roll meets spies) and ‘Storm’ closed the set.

Good musical mix, as the band have a strong progressive feel and the heavy use of organ lends their sound to Deep Purple at times. The drums added a good backbeat and the plugged in acoustic guitar rounded out the music nicely.

An assured live debut and they will gather momentum as they get a few more gigs under their belts.

Review by Jason Ritchie

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