Us Not Them Replicates Pink Floyd
As a light snow blanketed the Village on an early Friday night last month, CEG Presents brought New York City’s premier Pink Floyd tribute act Us Not Them to the cozy confines of Sullivan Hall. Though sound issues plagued the first half of their set, the group managed to capture the essence of the Pink Floyd experience.
The band segued directly out of soundcheck into a selection of tunes off The Wall and Wish You Were Here, accompanied by iconic images from the film projected on a circular screen at the rear of the stage. As soon as the familiar “In the Flesh” query, “So ya thought ya might like to go to the show?” rang out, a hint of the dark desperation of Pink was in the air.
After tearing through classics like “Have A Cigar” and “Young Lust,” and of course “Another Brick in The Wall” and “Comfortably Numb,” the band ran through a stellar version of the lengthy Syd Barret tribute, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” accompanied by a montage of images of the man himself.
The stand-out track from Meddle, “Dreamless,” preceded the Dark Side of The Moon segment of the show, with imagery from The Wizard of Oz dutifully displayed alongside heavy-hitters like “Time” and “Money,” but curiously not “Brain Damage.” In a highlight of the show, the female vocalist nailed the holy grail of rock caterwauling in “The Great Gig in the Sky.”
The guitarist performed a reasonable facsimile of David Gilmour as the band wrapped up with “Pigs,” “Hey You,” and the sing-along number, “Wish You Were Here.” For a small, yet genial crowd, indeed it was where we wished to be.