Live review: St. Jude the Obscure @ St Bride’s 09/12/17
Live review: St. Jude the Obscure
Date: Saturday 9th December 2017
Venue: St Bride’s Church, Liverpool
Support: Astles, A Lovely War, Matthew Thomas Smith
Reviewer: Jay Roberts
It’s hard to put into words how proper this gig really was. This reviewer will stress that he only had 7up all night.. so has a viewpoint of sobriety….
First up were Astles. This group are really superb, and clearly much more musically mature than their ages. Clearly a great deal of thought and effort has been put into the soundscaping, but also around the main sound, which is gentle yet commands interest. They never seemed in a hurry to get somewhere, it was one of the most relaxing enjoyable performances I’ve ever heard. I was captivated by the sheer mellowness, but also at points where attention is needed, it’s given. At the end, an utterly superb cover, which for me just capped off how good this band are. Ones to keep an eye on, they will go far.
A lovely War
I found this band at first a little confusing until I sorta ‘got it’- they are intricate masters of the rhythms, and not afraid to show it. The band clearly know how to work around really complex vocal ideas and are doing something very different- at times verging into almost jazz territory. I’d be interested to see how this progresses. The vocals are more like sung poetry, and I think there was great space in the venue for this. It made me a little sad though, I confess, as the cover at the end (Only You by the Flying Pickets) was the song I chose to play for my Dad’s funeral. Be that as it may, a very impressive performance.
Matthew T Smith (poet)
An interesting collection, he also knows how to engage with the crowd. Since I know him as a regular in our local, I won’t say anything negative! It was some interesting poetry, and I hope he does more of it.
St. Jude The Obscure
I must declare a bit of a conflict of interest as, like Liverpool Acoustic, I have known Adéle Emmas, Christian Sandford and Sian for quite a while, as they have been some of the most highly interesting musicians on the scene for years. Needless to say, I felt it was a superb performance. As always, the cleverness of the tight vocal harmonies and what happens during every song, is it seems effortless, and I especially enjoyed the drums. Instrument swapping and some great crowd engagement made the evening special. I am however embarrassed that I did not recognise it was Sian From Bird with blonde hair, I thought it was someone else! Felt very silly, however, I am very pleased that Bird, in a way, are still alive – its different, but more interesting, and I’m pleased that I can say I saw such a great performance.
All in all, well done to everyone – John on the sound as well, Graham Holland, St Brides Church for the venue, and Liverpool Acoustic for a very enjoyable evening. One I’m glad I stayed sober for!
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