Friday, July 05, 2013

Nell Bryden, Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush - 17 May

I have been meaning to blog about her but have instead been feeling guilty when I keep playing Nell Bryden  third album, Shake the Tree, over and over in my car. We saw her at Bush Hall on May 14 and it was excellent. The songs she writes are very evocative of Manhattan. Her voice is a nice combination of Annie Lennox and Eva Cassidy.
Sorry for not reporting back sooner... I was on vacation, the cat ate my homework...

Marks out of 10: 8

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Veronica Falls, Islington Assembly Rooms - 23 April

Mr went to see this band a while ago with another friend, and since I had never been to the assembly rooms I was happy to go along this time. Would recommend the venue - the toilets in particular are old-school in a good way and everything is very well-maintained. Also, the beverages were not extortionate - £4 for a cider is a reasonable sum.

Veronica Falls must be popular with Lond's ageing hipster crowd, as there were a lot of them there. She says, with her brown plastic framed glasses.

We got there in time for one of the opening acts, Comet Gain. A collection of haircuts from the 60s - one of the guys looked like the blonde one from the Monkees, although he didn't look as fresh-faced.They were kind of toe-tapping but I couldn't remember any of the song names.

Veronica Falls came on and provided the discussion for the evening, which was: why the bass player does not have a microphone. It looked odd. She sat over in the corner and played the bass. Occasionally she'd look out at the audience while the other three got to sing over the fairly grindy guitars and the drums. At one point I thought they were singing van houten credit card, but in reality it was dearly departed. Which is actually the song called Found Love in a Graveyard.

Ah well. Marks out of 10:
Venue: 9, although it is a bit of a trek from the tube/train. Plus there's lots of trendy places to eat/drink nearby
Band: 6. They were ok. Maybe if they give the poor bass player a microphone I'll up the number

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rebekah Delgado, Water Rats - 6 February

Sorry for the delay in posting. Christmas and then we just didn't see much in January. I mean, I got to the panto at Greenwich Theatre but not much else. Saw Florence and the Machine at the O2. Love the woman, but the venue's too big for her.
So, Mr won tickets to Rebekah Delgado's gig at the Water Rats by Kings Cross. Good little venue, decent beers too. Rebekah had a couple of fellow artists on the bill: She Makes War, a bubbly blonde who had a good voice. She also played the ukelele, which always wins points in my book. Another plus was the loudhailer she walked around the audience with. Daniel Land started the evening. He had a good voice but we only caught his last number and he seemed to keep his eyes shut. Plus, he left the Modern Painters at home. Maybe he fell out with them.
At any rate, there seemed to be a bit of an electrical problem with SMW's set so Rebekah allowed her to do a few more songs, which were all pretty entertaining. As a result, I think Rebekah's set ran a bit short. She's got some new musicians but the musical saw woman is still on board. The venue was not big and there were a lot of music geeks there. Ms Delgado came over to us and said hi, and when she asked how I liked the gig, I said, it was good! A bit short.
I mean, really. A bit short? It was FREE. She looked somewhat stricken but recovered. She did play her Spanish song, and Embrace Moi and We all need Someone, so I shouldn't have really complained. An enjoyable evening as usual.