Beautiful Union Chapel. Love that place. First it was CallMeKat. I got my pew a few rows back and perched on the end. It was pretty chilly.
Alessi played second, she played with her band. She opened with Witch and they played The Robot, Bird Song, Over The Hill, The Horse, The Dog, Woman and Asteroids Collide. It was a funny one. I’ve seen Alessi more than any other band, I think she’s wonderful and amazing. She’s been more consistently brilliant than anyone else I’ve seen. I don’t have a favourite time I’ve seen her, because I love every time I see her play. Something was a little off this particular eve, and Alessi felt it too. Nevermind, I say! Even though Bird Song wasn’t meant to be that evening, it’s probably the most incredible song that will find its way to your ears in this second half of the year. And her performance of Woman was beautiful.
Au Revoir Simone o’clock! I saw them 3 years ago for the first time, and earlier this year in May and then July. I don’t believe five months has passed since their Bush Hall show. The three piece seem so genuinely grateful and appreciative of the audience, it’s completely endearing and so sweet. Forward thinking-me, I took notes on what they played(!).
They opened with All Or Nothing from their latest record Still Night, Still Light. I wondered how the acoustics would work for the keyboard trio, but they worked fantastically. Au Revoir Simone can be pretty rockin’ at times. They played Sad Song, Anywhere You Looked and, current single, Shadows. The use of the piano was employed on oldie Stay Golden, from their brilliant record Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation. It was brilliant. They went into another old one, Through The Backyards Of Our Neighbors.
Take Me As I Am is my favourite from the new record, it’s so wonderfully beautiful in its sentiment. Erika took to the piano and Annie led the way with her egg shaker and foot stomping. After the song Erika remarked “I’ve never been able to do that in so many octaves!”. I love that song. They did Trace A Line, Only You Can Make You Happy, Knight of Wands and finally, Tell Me. Tell Me once again employed use of the piano and was actually pretty loud (they kept joking about the 85db sound limit). They left the stage to huge cheers, they really were fantastic.
They returned and played a couple of Bird Of Music songs. First, Lucky One. It didn’t quite inspire the giant sing along that it should have, and Annie noted this, adding ‘I feel like I can start making fun of you now. That’s how I show my friends I like them’. To avoid an anti climatic finish they played Dark Halls. They were clearly having so much fun and kept thanking the crowd. Heather started off the drum beat and Erika ran away and climbed atop the (pretty high) pulpit to play tambo. Heather and Annie couldn’t help but laugh. It was all so charming and wonderful, and you could tell they felt they had just given a special performance, and the crowd felt it too. Lovely.