The quartet’s performance, mostly comprising songs from their inconsistent Geffen debut “Do It Yourself,” was solemn and perfunctory, devoid of any sort of stage life, sadly reminiscent of the Brit shoegazer movement of the early ’90s from which the Stone Roses emerged.
Singer Chris Helme takes quite the slacker approach to his frontman role. Seated and playing acoustic guitar during a couple of sleepy ballads, neither his voice nor his (lack of) personality held much sway with the college-age ticketholders, many of whom fled the hourlong show before its end.
Openers Mansun took a simpler and more effective approach: They cranked up their amps and played propulsive and dramatic mood-pop at deafening levels. Showing a zealous edge the Seahorses could learn from, the four-piece Chester, England-based band, promoting their Epic debut “Attack of the Grey Lantern,” took standard Brit-pop arrangements and churned them into inspiring jams that smartly echoed the Who and Cheap Trick.