Theatre: Last Call

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The Independent Culture
THE NEAREST Puressence have got to having their name in lights is when they painted it in huge letters across a railway bridge above the Arndale Centre in Manchester. However, with a major-label signing and a their first Top 30 single, "This Feeling", their promise should soon be realised. Although they have been compared to Mick Hucknall, The Stone Roses and Ocean Colour Scene, the unique falsetto warblings of lead singer James and their epic slabs of sound mark Puressence out as originals.

Rock City, Nottingham (0115-941 2544) 5 Sept; The Garage, Glasgow (0141- 332 1120) 7 Sept; The Cockpit, Leeds (0113-244 3446) 9 Sept; Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552 121) 18 Sept