Ever since Welcome To Rockville last month, I’ve been living off of a vicious nonstop dose of heavy rock ‘n roll – time for me to give my throbbing eardrums a break with something a little more melodic. Enter Astronomique and their new single, “The Shape You Take.”
New wave pioneers A Flock of Seagulls played an entertaining set at Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Sessions Thursday night. Founding member and lead singer, Mike Score brought the current rendition of the band back to Orlando, 30 years after the band experienced their greatest success as stalwarts of the early 80’s MTV Video generation.
They are often unfairly associated as a one-hit wonder (“I Ran”) when in fact they were talented musicians with a string of hits and a nice collection of solid rock tunes. On this night, we had a chance to experience all of those hits, as well as a few newly recorded tunes. Score, who now sports a cleanly shaven head instead of his infamous ‘Flock of Seagulls’ hair, still sounded much as he did back in the band’s prime.
Score spent most of the night playing his trademark keyboards, but also picked up the guitar for a few songs including “She Won’t Let You Down” and “Naked.” The first half of the set was relatively bland, but the band began to show off their musical prowess during a nice extended version of “Man Made.”
They closed the 70 minute set in grand fashion with five excellent tracks from their early catalog. The first four were predictable and just what the crowd was waiting for: “Telecommunication,” “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing” and the encore “I Ran.” Then Score introduced a surprise finale as a “song I wrote back in 1979 when I didn’t know what I was doing,” and they kicked into their fun, punk cut “Messages.” A nice end to a fun flashback.