Every once in a while I see a gig that completely surpasses my expectations. This gig on Friday night at the lovely Union Chapel was one such gig. I really like this band but on record it would be easy to misinterpret the stately pace of most of their songs as something that wouldn’t translate to the live setting. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The music is surprisingly intricate – it is their skill as musicians that makes it appear less so. In lead singer Amy Boone they have a voice that is so pure yet so soulful that comparisons to Dusty Springfield are inevitable. The difference being the lyrics of Willy Vlautin. He is one America’s best young novelists and he brings a cinematic experience to the songs. Peopled by losers, petty thieves, heartbroken and down and outs there is always something interesting happening. I particularly like the songs where keyboardist Corey Grey doubles on trumpet which lends a melancholy air to songs when needed which given the subject matter is quite frequent. Drums were from another member of Richmond Fontaine Sean Oldham. Richmond Fontaine were probably too austere at times and although their song subjects were similar they lacked the warmth of the female vocals and the trumpet. Tonight was a sold out gig and think there was a genuine surprise for the band at the warm reception they got. The performance level from the start suggested that the band were greatly enjoying themselves and it never let up throughout a remarkable night.
Highlights for me were Where are you Sonny?, Holly the Hustle and Oil Rigs at night.However special must be made of the first of three encore songs Wait for me which was just Amy on keyboard and voice and Corey on trumpet. Believe it is a new song but whatever it was the highlight of a night of highlights.
They go back into the studio in February and their new album will be eagerly awaited.
With them from the start. Knowledgeable of the songs and call outs for favourites.
It made me think..
Went with @Carl from this parish. A nice Italian beforehand and a concert as good as this made for a great night.