hmv reviews… Grieves @ London's Oslo
Seattle rapper Grieves has put out four well-received records across a 10-year career, but, until last night (April 9th), he'd never played a UK show. We were there to review his first ever London live show…
Grieves, a.k.a Benjamin Laub, Seattle hip-hop man.
Oslo. East London's newest venue, not the Norwegian capital.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was about two thirds full, which given it's his first UK live date is pretty good. The crowd were a little cool to start off with, but soon were bouncing along with every beat and rhyme.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
Grieves focused heavily on his new record Winter & the Wolves, running through the likes of 'Rain Damage', 'Whoa Is Me' and 'Serpents' as well as a smattering of tracks from his earlier records. It was tight, it was full of bounce and swagger and the set felt like a real statement of intent.
Any good between song banter?
A few choice nuggets, including some funny lines about how Grieves was adjusting to the local lingo and the best use of the phrase 'Bob's your uncle', you'll ever hear…
Did he put on much of a show?
Oslo's an intimate space, so there's no room for any pyrotechnics, just a big banner this time.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Sunny Side Of Hell' – it got everybody moving.
Where can I catch him next?
He rolls through Birmingham tonight and then Manchester on Friday, before heading on into Europe.
Grieves' new album Winter & the Wolves is out now in hmv stores all over the UK. It can also be previewed by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page.