Guildford music roundup.
Touring with a ten-piece band to celebrate thirty years since her top-selling album Affection Lisa Stansfield had affection showered on her by a capacity Guildford G Live audience. Stansfield was on sparkling form and in good humour. She performed Affection in its entirety with songs including Mighty Love, Sincerity and What Did I Do For You. The G Live crowd took it’s time to warm up, mostly remaining in their seats for the first ten tracks. Once All Around The World got everyone moving, much to the delight of Stansfield, there was a party atmosphere all the way to the magnificent encore of This Is The Right Time and Live Together.
At the Boileroom it took Press To MECO couple of songs to get going before they made their mark with the introduction of Itchy Fingers – the raucous outro perfectly leading the audience into new single Easy Life. Angular, spikey and sublimely jarring – the band’s proficiency in warping time signatures to raise eyebrows and crane necks is second to none. The performance was technically outstanding. Much has been spoken and written about this band and their talent as musicians is impossible to ignore.
Synth pop-rockers Flight Brigade also concluded their UK tour at Guildford’s reprieved Star venue. Promoting their second album Chased By Wolves this is one terrific live band. From Hampshire, Flight Brigade are compared to Arcade Fire, have an unchanged line-up and have been together for nine years. Their songs are carefully crafted, three of the band members compose for TV and film, and performed immaculately. A highlight was Heartbreaker, the latest single from the new album.
A common theme this week was artists ending a tour in Guildford and Welsh chanteuse Judith Owen was no exception. Accompanied by percussionist Pedro Segundo, Owen featured tracks from her album redisCOVERed. Transforming songs from artists as varied as Deep Purple, Joni Mitchell and Justin Timberlake, Owen received an enthusiastic reaction from the Electric theatre audience. Her dry and self-deprecating humour made this more of an audience with Judith Owen, but nobody was complaining.
By Chaz Brooks and Aaron Jackson