Live Review: City and Colour with Lucy Rose at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 17th September 2013

By on Thursday, 26th September 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Adorable Lucy Rose has truly steeped out from behind the veil of backing vocalist with Bombay Bicycle Club. Still a relative unknown on our shores, Rose was snapped up by Canadian City and Colour for a support slot around North America.

This tour finds Rose on stage with a full band for the first time in America. My excitement grew as I waited for them to start, having heard amazing things about her backing band. I was not disappointed. I also talked her up among the punters around me. Just has she had done with me, by the time she had finished up with her first song, ‘Lines’, the people around me loved her. Rose then shone in the simple treatment of ‘Place’ that offered her the opportunity to show off some stunning fingerpicking. Clearly, the ‘Middle of the Bed’ EP had some listens from the crowd (her album was released only that day in the U.S.) because the title track from that had shouts throughout the room as they played it.

Lucy Rose Washington live

Rose described for me in an interview that her next album will show a much rockier side. This can be seen in spades in her live show. I was taken with the enormity of her sound. The album is a delicate thing, clearly written by an extremely talented girl. But when she has the opportunity to flesh out her work with the likes of Simba Bhebhe on bass and Björn Ågren on guitar live, the power of her music takes on a whole other life. Mid-set, they turned the typical Lucy Rose sound on its ear and had a wildly thrashy couple of moments with the bassist taking the lead in rocking it out.

Closing out the set was a rousing version of ‘Bikes’ that put a smile of the faces of everyone in the band. Near the end of the song, the line “everybody scream out loud” was indeed met with a roar that grew each time she repeated it. She admitted that it was the first time that had ever happened in America and it tickled her quite.

City and Colour Washington live

City and Colour then took the stage to a rapt, sold-out crowd but I was less than impressed. The best word I can find to describe it was sleepy. I have nothing bad to say about the music, it was all quite lovely. Dallas Green came on stage to thunderous applause and was clearly adored by the assembled throng. But they were so quiet. Perhaps that is his crowd though, respectful fans who do not sing along or shout out. He sounded beautiful and delicate and gave the crowd a wide ranging set that amply spanned his four album solo career. I doubt that anyone was disappointed. However, having recently been to a show where I was even less familiar with the performer, I know what it is like to be grabbed by the throat by a live performance that is full of wonderful surprises. This set left me curiously disengaged.

Putting the two platters next to one another, Lucy Rose was an excellent choice to pair up with City and Colour, but live there was a stark difference. As has happened before, I think the junior outshone the master when it came to performance. Rose’s set was electrifying and new fan inducing. Green and company delivered what was expected, but it just didn’t have the same kind of energy. I hope the rest of Rose’s stint here in the U.S. garners as much praise as I feel she deserves.

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26th September 2013

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2:16 pm
26th September 2013

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28th September 2013

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28th September 2013

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