Tag: Evening Standard

JESSIE REYEZ interview – Evening Standard, 1 Dec 2017

Back in April – well before #MeToo and the ongoing exposure of ugly armies of sexual abusers – a little known Toronto singer-songwriter released her debut EP and put out a video for its most striking song, Gatekeeper.   Gatekeeper tells the story of Jessie Reyez’s early attempts to make it in the music business. With its marching beats and… Read more →

CHILDHOOD, Scala – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2017

Usually when a musician introduces their dad during a show, he’s waving proudly somewhere in the audience. Childhood frontman Ben Romans-Hopcraft’s father Robin could be found to his left, on the trumpet. He only just had elbow room in this enhanced version of what was once an unremarkable indie band. Tonight there were nine people on the stage, stewing up… Read more →

DAVE interview – Evening Standard, 24 Nov 2017

I’m not sure I really need to question Dave, the plain-named 19-year-old set to be the next big star of UK rap. The answers are all there on his new EP, Game Over.   Three of the collection’s seven tracks – Question Time, How I Met My Ex and My 19th Birthday, the first two lasting around seven minutes, the… Read more →

ROYAL BLOOD, Alexandra Palace – Evening Standard, 21 Nov 2017

Like the other royals celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary on the night of this gig, Royal Blood are a loyal couple admired for their constancy. Old friends who play their stark bass-and-drums rock with minimal outside interference, the Worthing pair seem to have soared over the hurdle of the difficult second this year, making a gold seller of How Did… Read more →

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Wembley Arena – Evening Standard, 20 Nov 2017

The surprising involvement of Mark Ronson in their latest album might have suggested that Queens of the Stone Age were going pop, but as the first of two London arena shows proved, the Californian band still have rock’n’roll running through them like, well, a stick of rock.   Louche frontman Josh Homme smoked on stage, repeatedly reeled off a list… Read more →

MAC DeMARCO interview – Evening Standard, 17 Nov 2017

Mac DeMarco strolls onto the stage at the venerable Olympia theatre in Paris and lines up five bottles of beer on top of an amplifier. By the time they’re about finished, 90 minutes later, he’s shirtless behind the drum kit while drummer Joe McMurray is busy crowdsurfing a full circle around the venue and the rest of the band is… Read more →

U2, Trafalgar Square – Evening Standard, 13 Nov 2017

It’s a measure of MTV’s continued influence that they can persuade the biggest band in the world to play a support slot, coming on at 7.15 to give French DJ David Guetta a warm-up. U2 received the Global Icon award at the following evening’s MTV EMAs at Wembley. They performed just nine songs, including their new single, Get Out of… Read more →

JULIE BYRNE interview – Evening Standard, 10 Nov 2017

“I’m a fledgling,” Julie Byrne says of her life as a musician. The 27-year-old from Buffalo, New York State, has a song on her most recent album titled I Live Now as a Singer. However, until June of this year, she was living as a nanny.   Byrne has done all sorts and lived all over while slowly, slowly sculpting… Read more →

PALOMA FAITH, BBC Radio Theatre – Evening Standard, 10 Nov 2017

Though she made her live return wearing the colours of the EU flag and compared her imminent fourth album to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Paloma Faith insisted that her new music is only political with a small p. The Architect, out next week, even features a cameo from political journalist Owen Jones (not to mention John Legend and Samuel… Read more →

DUA LIPA, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 7 Nov 2017

“I’ve got new rules, I count ‘em,” Dua Lipa sang on this evening’s encore – her first number one single, New Rules. It’s a song about how to behave around your ex, but could also be about the London performer’s approach to being the biggest homegrown pop star of the year. No costume changes or confetti explosions for this 22-year-old… Read more →