Live Review: Lucy Rose with Pete Roe at London Electric Brixton – 22nd November 2012

By on Wednesday, 5th December 2012 at 2:00 pm

It’s been a roller coaster year for Lucy Rose. Stepping out of the shadows of Bombay Bicycle Club has proven to be a transition well worth making and as the year winds up, she’s proven to be one of the standout artists of it. Fitting then, that tonight, back in the city she calls home; Lucy and her full accompanying band are playing their biggest headline show to date and yet she still appears to be the same friendly, shy artist that she was when ‘Middle of the Bed’ first appeared almost 18 months ago.

Support at tonight’s show at Brixton’s Electric comes from Pete Roe. All round nice guy and Lucy’s guitar tech for the night, Roe’s music is inoffensive and enjoyable, yet is in little danger of being as popular as contemporaries Benjamin Francis Leftwich or Jamie N Commons. Still, he does well to set the scene for Rose.

As Lucy Rose takes to the stage, she’s as unassuming as ever; even as cheered on by fifteen hundred fans she sits on her stool and begins. With just one record, you’d think it would be difficult to fill such a high profile headline set, but with seeming effortlessness Lucy Rose moves between literally every track on it. From most, this would seem both pedantic and boring, but with ‘Like I Used To’, you really do have a record that, for the most part is enjoyable from start to finish. Even weaker tracks like ‘Shiver’ and ‘Night Bus’, which make an appearance towards the front of the set are given a new lease on life in Rose’s live setting as you rekindle the endearing nature that the tracks exuded on their first listen.

Rose keeps crowd interaction to a minimum aside from explaining how much the night means to her (a lot) and that she’s going to try play 30 seconds of a track that’s not yet really been written. The latter results in an equally big cheer as the former, even though the following minute is by far the strangest of the evening, but she follows this confusing moment with ‘Middle of the Bed’, putting to rest any doubts you may have been building about how good she really is as a performer.

In ‘Bikes’, a track that had seen her presented with a pint of milk at the show in Liverpool, the lines “listen up, listen here, everybody scream out loud” are met with abundant cheers that border on deafening as everyone present appears to be willing Rose on to succeed and with that, the main set is over. TGTF’s highlight of the night however, is the closing track. Just when you think she might be leaving it out for personal reasons (‘Like I Used To’ is of course, a very personal record), ‘Be Alright’ is played. “In my heart you would stay a while with me, and we danced until the morning light / You said to me we’ll be alright”, she sings in her quaint manner. It’s fitting in so many ways and with that, you feel that this roller coaster has finished on a high, musically and emotionally.

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5th December 2012

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