Yesterday evening I went to see Passenger—featuring Richard Brincklow on piano, keyboards, and bizarre Fisher-Price blowy thing—play at Komedia. They were excellent, but I knew that already. Great gig, guys. Reader, buy their single.
What I didn’t know is that Carrie Tree, the support to the support band, is astonishingly good. She completely overcame my musical prejudices and the gabbling of some of the audience to deliver a hypnotic performance. I’m ashamed to say that my first thoughts at seeing her on stage were: “Uh-oh: long-haired, high-pitched, hippie chick with an acoustic guitar singing about how someone should ‘come back’. Time to check my txt msgs.”
Then I moved into a position in the venue where I could hear her properly rather than just see her and I was, thereafter, motionless. She has the most extraordinary voice and a way with dynamics and vibrato that made me feel like a complete loser—as if I needed that. Her guitar playing was also fine and underpinned the melodies beautifully. I normally don’t enjoy the kind of music she makes, but this performance was an unbroken pleasure. If she is not massively successful within the next few years there’s no justice.
It’s a bloody Melodica, you’re the second heathen to call it a “Fisher Price” toy. It’s a serious musical instrument…honestly. Thanks for coming down. good to see you even if it was just briefly from the stage when I was setting up. Though I did see the reassuring dome of your head caught by the lights throughout the gig ( I am not sure about the blog ethics though I suspect having a similar enforced hiarstyle allows me some satirical leeway) I missed Carrie but heard lots of good things so hopefully we’ll play together again.
I have to confess that this was a name arrived at collectively. I was standing next to those two beautiful friends of yours who look like they’re starring in an advertisement, hoping that people would think that it was a Benetton ad and that I was in it too.
Anyone remember The Hooters? Had a hit with Satellite, which featured the entire band on melodicas and was rather good. Yes, even better than all of EMF playing kazoos at the start of La Plage.
No, I don’t have a point.