Amidst the clinking glasses of the Northern Quarter’s Apotheca bar, Pete from Three Dimensional Tanx (the Wayne Kramer of the Northern psych scene, folks) was having a night off from the company of Spacey and his compatriots to offer a set of freewheeling acoustic music under the banner of Little Hero.
The songs can generally be characterised as delicate, lo-fi pieces of singer-songwriting. However, there was an almost experimental tinge to the setlist with ideas coming and going, songs stopping and starting wilfully, the use of pedals and a fluid attitude to structure. On more than one occasion it resembled a deconstruction of the acoustic format.
At only 3 times during the set did the songs lock into what people of a certain generation would call a ‘toe-tapper” and these would collapse into introspection. While a tad frustrating this added to the unpredictable nature of the songs.
Pete’s use of pedals adds a lot of texture, the bass synth pedal in particular doing a lot of fine work. Maybe tweaking the setlist by putting the catchier songs at the start would have help Pete by getting a bar crowd a bit more involved but as someone who isn’t particularly into acoustic music I found it an intriguing and enjoyable 30 minutes of music.