hmv.com reviews... Courtney Barnett @ London's Red Gallery
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett celebrated the release of her debut album with a tiny show in the UK capital last night (March 23rd) and we were there to review it...
Courtney Barnett, Aussie troubadour, celebrating the release of her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page).
The Red Gallery, a tiny gallery with a big basement in the heart of Shoreditch.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was invite-only and very full indeed. As with any invite only show, the crowd were a little too cool for school, but they all got into it and were certainly clamouring for more when Barnett disappeared without an encore.
So what was the set like? What did she play?
The set consisted of Barnett running through her debut record from beginning to end, possibly for the first and last time. This gave the singer the chance to show off the album's range and power, with the stripped down ditties like 'Debbie Downer' and 'Aqua Profunda' aired in between the guitar-heavy and more raucous 'Pedestrian At Best' and 'Dead Fox', complete with ringing feedback. It was all kinds of brilliant.
Any good between song banter?
Not loads, Barnett was clearly quite nervous and didn't say much beyond a few thank you's. But then we did get to hear the whole of her debut album, so no one went home feeling cheated.
Did she put on much of a show?
Barnett and her two-piece band played in front of a backdrop complete with an array of illustrations, it suited the vibe totally.
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole thing was excellent, but a blistering and feedback drenched 'Small Poppies' blew everybody away.
Where can I catch her next?
Her full UK tour kicks off on March 27th in Brighton. You can find tickets here.