Live Review: Joshua Radin and Lissie at Bristol Thekla – 15th April 2010

By on Friday, 16th April 2010 at 12:16 am

I’ve seen Joshua Radin twice before (in London and Oxford), so it was only right that I saw him at the other end of the M4, in Bristol tonight at the fantastic Thekla boat.

As ever, he was amusing, chatty and able to make everyone feel like he’s playing for just them, that rare sort of artist that has girls swooning and guys not minding too much when their girlfriends drag them along. Treating us to a whole raft of old songs, new songs (“I always hate it when I see a band and they play just new songs… but as an artist I just wanna play the new songs… so as you’ve all been so nice, I’m gonna play some new songs, and then have some old ones you all know” he commented), which sound much fuller (and, dare I say it, more upbeat) and full-band like rather than just him and his guitar.

However, the real surprise for us was the fantastic support from both The Staves and Lissie.

The Staves look like they’re barely out of school yet had some brilliant three-part vocal harmonies that are both sugary sweet and sound as if they’re so fragile that they’d break if anyone dared talk through their songs. Music that’s perfect for a summer’s day, the three sisters were the perfect warm-up act that eased us all into the evening and fitted in perfectly with Radin’s songs when they played the role of backing-singers.

Lissie on the other hand was quite certain of herself, blasting through her short 25 minute set with force and a display of skill that many artists can only dream of. The Guardian called her “more freeway rock than floaty folk“, and at first we were a bit confused by this, however as she blasted her way through five songs sounding stunningly pitch perfect. Having gone with two friends to catch Radin, they were suitably impressed, going as far to say “I thought she was miming it was that perfect, but realised she wasn’t…”. Coming from California she had that way of sounding like a more laid back Neko Case (from the New Pornographers, and numerous other Canadian bands), or a (much less crazy) Courtney Love.

Lissie had that feeling of an artist that’s about to take a step up to the big time, so make sure you catch her soon if you can. In the mean time if you can’t catch her on tour supporting Joshua Radin, watch and enjoy this cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in a whole new style, or the current iTunes single of the week, In Sleep

Joshua Radin played:
No Envy
Those Days
Brand New Day
With The Light
Starting Over
Growing Up
Free of Me
Think I’ll Go Inside
I’d Rather Be With You

What I Need

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