Emmy the Great
Not bad. Slightly underwhelmed and the sudden demise of the set was a let-down.
Something very special. The beautifully orchestrated first set complete play-through of the new album, The Hazards of Love, then a second set of eclectic favourites from the past played by the massively multi-talented group was a sensation.
The Decemberists at The Coronet, 19th November 2009
Cate Le Bon
Pretty cute set. Twangy plucked acoustic guitar and simple lyrics.
Deritive dullness. Felt like I should have been watching them reherse in their parents’ garage. If they lost a superfluous guitarist and that too-cool-for-school vocalist/keyboardist* (*if you can call someone who pushes half a dozen keys in a set one) they might be able to sort themselves out a bit.
See previous gushing posts. I’m totally starting to get into the obligatory sing-a-long. Last mention though before this blog becomes about them exclusively.
Slow Club at Scala, 24th September 2009
Unfortunately, we mostly missed Pete, but we caught his last track – seemed nice enough.
Weirdly animated and slightly theatrical. Really liked his Bluesy tones and sometimes childish sense of humour in the lyrics. A real character.
They never disappoint. Starting off by springing up suddenly in the middle of the audience with an acoustic Wild Blue Milk, and then on to mostly double-speed favourites, they were fun and charming all the way. If you haven’t seen them yet – do.
Slow Club at The ICA, 22nd June 2009