So on Saturday 26th November, I saw Pure Reason Revolution for what will be the final time.
And of course, mandatory set-list:
Apprentice of the Universe
The Bright Ambassadors of Morning
Nimos & Tambos
Voices in Winter / In the Realms of the Devine
He Tried to Show Them Magic! / Ambassadors Return
Blitzkreig (with elements of Disconnect)
Deus Ex Machina
Last Man, Last Round
So, that now means that I will never see Golden Clothes/Disco live *sob*, and I was surprised about a few of the songs making an appearance on the list (LM, LR), and some not making the cut (Apogee), but overall it was a great set. It was lovely to hear He Tried to Show Them Magic! live,
and in fairness, when you get a band that has very few mediocre songs, it was always going to be difficult to make a set list that everybody would be happy with.
I must admit, I wasn’t all that up for going to see them on the night, due to being at work since 8am (which meant a 6am wakeup call), however, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go, but when I got there, in the same spot I always stand when I see PRR and I felt my anticipation raising higher and higher, I knew it was worth the long day. I sang along to every song, I danced, I shouted a request for Golden Disco, the band were on top form and looked happy, it was pretty damn amazing. You know you’ve had a good time when you wake up the following morning feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus, and your throat is red raw! I only got to speak to Jamie from the band after the gig, but he was really lovely. He’d remembered me from other shows, and asked me if I was going to the London show (I couldn’t unfortunately, and it’s now something I bitterly regret. If only I had more money!) and gave me a hug, so I was riding pretty high on that after the show.
But really, almost 2 weeks later, has it really sunk in, that it’s the end for Pure Reason Revolution. Which is a real shame, because their latest album was the most polished I had heard them, and I feel bad that this band never, ever got the attention that they really deserved, which leaves a bitter taste in my mouth knowing that was one of the primary reasons they split, with all of the band members on good terms with one another. Maybe it’s selfish of me to say, but I almost feel hard done by that I’m losing my favourite band because they just couldn’t get the break they were looking for, despite having one of the most solid, loyal fanbases I’ve witnessed.
So naturally, since the gig I’ve been playing all 3 albums on repeat, and I hope that one day they may decide to give it another crack and reform. Just remember guys, those electricity bills aren’t going to pay themselves.