Last night we were all gathered in the courtyard of Somerset House to see the genius XX as part of the ‘Summer Series’ of gigs. Temper Trap had rave reviews for their gig the night before and on the nights ahead the venue plays host to Gil Scott-Heron, Florence and the Machine and Soul II Soul, amongst others.
Before for the gig last night, the clouds gathered and a smattering of rain fell. Somerset House looks beautiful under any circumstances, but my hairdo does not. Up came the brollies and the festival ‘whatever the weather’ spirit kicked in. This was my first time seeing these guys live and I was not disappointed. The moody lighting and amazing sound was enhanced by the beauty of the location as the rain thankfully faded away.
The hauntingly melodious voice of female vocalist, Romy Madley-Croft, made me think of Tracey Thorn from Everything but the Girl. I think this trip down an 80’s Memory Lane was also bought on by the male vocalist, Oliver Sim, whose slinky moves and guitar stance was like a smoothed out version of Joe Strummer, mixed in with bit of earnest late 80’s indie. These two both on guitar, along with Jamie Smith on keyboards and drums, created a stunningly atmospheric sound.
Hopefully we might have some coverage from the Florence gig for you too, and some great festival stuff to come.
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