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The Troubadour, London 23 February 2005
Last night at the Troubadour saw two sets from four different bands.
Quite unusually, all four bands were really rather good, despite
their broad ranges of styles. Much of the content was a wee bit more
mellow than my usual fare. But with a few beers, oddles of cigarette
smoke and some good company, it made for a damn good evening. Even
the ott MC, who barracked us about talking and seemed keen to hear
his own voice, didn't hurt the evening's enjoyment.
First up, was the unusually monikered, Ivor Game, with his singer-
songwriter stylings. Normally I am not keen on the solo performer
whingeing about life and everything else. I rather enjoyed Ivor's
laid back playful tunes, as well his matter of fact delivery. Its
great stuff for a mellow evening and comes highly recomended. If you
like Garfunkel, then you would love this guy.
Next up were Moth with their mellow folky-prog vibe. There is a bit
of Mostly Autumn about them, which is not a bad thing at all. The
second set was a bit punchier and contained a hint of Portishead,
Suzanna Vega and a bit of gothy electonica. They have a CD out
called 'Small Miracles for Shabby Minds' which I highly recommend.
Led by wonderfully voiced Victoria Hume, this lot have a great deal
of potential and should go places.
Next up was farm-girl Milla and her country-folk tunage. Her music
also drifts into prog territory, so it was no shock to hear the band
cover 'Breathe' by Pink Floyd. Someone sitting near me suggested she
sounded a bit like country artist Matreca Berg. Several of her songs
were merely lacking the slide-guitar that would have made them full
blown country. Nashville would probably lap this lot up in buckets,
especially given Milla clean farmgirl looks and delivery.
Last, but not least, was Phil Campbell (no, not the Motorhead bloke) on
guitar (both accompanied and solo), vocals and keyboard. His music
ranged from mellow Bryan Adams to Proclaimer-esque musings. They were
only let down by their earnest buttock-clenching look which garnered
at least one person at my table to mock-shout "smile damnit!" Unlike
much of the rest of the bill, what Phil is peddling seems to be
rather common out there these days and he needs to try to distinguish
himself a bit more. It was good, but lacked that added something to
make it great.
It was a very pleasant evening of great music. Hightlights of the
evening were Moth and Milla, but the other two were pleasant to
listen to as well. Of all of them, Moth seem to be the ones with the
most potential to go huge.
Review: Marty Dodge