After a suprise introduction by friends including none other than Darren Aronofsky praising his music, you’d expect a relative air of confidence about Clint Mansell, but as he even as he took to the stage, he was quietly and unassuming.
Clint as a musician has had quite a meandering path to where he is now, some of which, if you didnt previously know about, you might find abit suprising. In particular the contrast between his last band, the extroverted Pop Will Eat Itself and the relatively introverted compositions he makes now. Of course, those of us who are familiar with both sides of the coin can draw similarity between the two - I often imagine hearing the PWEI guitars powering away in tandum with his current works.
The contrast of work was joy to hear - the serene beauty of the work in The Fountain to the heaving brutality of Requiem For A Dream. Watching the lead guitarist hammering the bridge of his electric guitar with his fist, or teasing out textures with an ebow was simply awe inspiring.
I’m fortunate to have seen Clint live, as I believe this was only the 2nd time ever they’ve performed in the current format. I’m not sure how many more of these he’s doing, but if your into him, you’d do well to go along and check him out!
heres an sample:
photo by wanterlustg - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderlustg/3740971292/in/set-72157621628239137/