Railway Hotel, Southend - 14 July 2018
sweat, passion and performance"
When, a few
days before, I heard that Rob Marlow was playing his first gig for
four years (as part of Southend Pride 2018), I knew I had to be
You see, I
started photographing Rob 37 years ago in 1981 in the old Depeche days. What I didn't know was that Rob
had hitched up with his former collaborator Gary Durant to reform
the band Marlow.
The Railway is
a historical venue to many, and I would have got chills up my spine
if it hadn't been so damn sweltering. Before they went on Rob
confessed that after four years he was suffering from an acute bout
of nerves. But no one would have guessed that, when he took to the
stage with his exuberant stage presence.
and Gary Durant displayed such great enthusiasm and good humour
that it was infectious, making for a great atmosphere and equal
response from the crowd.
contained a varied selection of the duo's output. Obviously songs
from Rob's solo album The Peter Pan Effect and an array
from their joint albums as Marlow.
was a night for fun and games, as Rob teased the crowd with a
story about the origin of his song The Face of Dorian Gray.
According to Rob, this song was based on the name of his driving
instructor when he was a teenager. She was 'Doreen' and he wrote a
song about her, the record company didn't like the words so he
changed them - so we get the dear Oscar reality.
We also laughed at their mid-set popcorn break by the band;
they were really being showmen!
a couple of surprise cover versions towards the end of the set.
Firstly, a song by Rob's friend Vince Clarke from his Depeche
Mode days - New Life. This great evening's finale was
dedicated to everyone present and taking part in Southend Pride
2018 and the rest of us who give a damn - Bowie's Rebel,
I say it's
about immediacy, sweat, passion and performance - and that's
what this gig and audience provided. 10/10
Smile, Face of Dorian Gray , Inside/Outside , The Kiss, Stars,
Peter Pan Effect, Rebel Rebel (David Bowie), New Life
(Depeche Mode), My Teenage Dream, Home
Review + Photos:
Tim Michael W