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STATE DESTINATION, GOLDEN CROSS, JANUARY 18.

In many ways it was a shame it was a Monday, as State Destination's easy going groove seemed perfect for a chilled out Sunday evening at a Jazz Club in London.

Temporarily a three piece due to a heavily pregnant saxophonist taking some time off, this Nuneaton band melodically strummed and sang their way through a highly professional set.

The occasional snapping of strings did nothing to deter them, as they managed to entertain an unusually full Golden Cross for a good half hour, almost entirely with their own material.

It must be difficult as a local band to know whether or not you should stick to no nonsense covers and give the crowd music that they can sing along to. Presumably, the reasoning is that if they don't like you, at least they can hum along loud enough to drown you out.

The risk is that you end up doing a poor imitation of your heroes, whomever they may be, and then the after-show DJ puts the original of each of your covers on one after the other to remind you of your inadequacies.

The other option is to offer nothing that the crowd has heard before and, depending on your material, that has its own obvious pitfalls.

State Destination gambled on the latter and gambled wisely.

The two guitarists switched from lead to bass with consummate ease, but both were outshone by the superb drumming of Adriano Dionisi.

As a group they sing well in harmony and their lyrics are imbibed with just the right mix of the mystic and the banal.

They play together like professionals and their music does nothing to dispel that image. Go along, listen in, chill out.

Tell me why I don't like Mondays? Not anymore.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Losowski, Andrew
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 22, 1999
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