Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Lissie

After buzzing over Lissie’s cover of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ little did I know that very same evening I’d be watching her doing her thing live on stage… arriving at the close-nit venue of the Birmingham Institute I firstly found myself feeling the fresh vibes that came about with the support act, Norma Jean Martine.

Norma Jean Martine

Far from ordinary, this girl blasted out some vocal beauties, stood solo under a spotlight her voice soared out a sonic sound resembling that of Lana Del Rey, sending shivers up your spine with a near enough cinematic sound.

Norma Jean Martine

Demonstrating her talent by singling herself on stage accompanied by only her own keyboard; the next few songs were of complete contrast. More upbeat and introducing more members to the backing band, she got our feet tapping with the drummer who jazzed up the atmosphere with song ‘No Gold’ and a tambourine. Ending with another melodic styled song, this newcomer is certainly a powerful and intriguing package, ready to find and follow that unique style that was highlighted during her set.

Lissie

Gathering closer to the stage the audience’s spirits rose upon Lissie’s entrance, preparing her guitar she introduced that humble American accent, the stage reflected this genuine persona with minimalistic décor with ‘LISSIE’ simply written in the background.

Lissie

Now… I’m one bubbly girl that can bellow out a song at a gig and cheer on the artist – but stood next to the lovely Zak Edwards mine and the whole audience’s whistles and whoops were blown out of the weeds when he shouted ‘Go on me babby!’ at the top of his lungs in appreciation, and deafened all standing within a metre of us!

Lissie

Immediately Lissie had me comparing her lush voice to that of the stunning Stevie Nicks with her country folk rock edge that had the audience and myself hooked. This girl can pack a punch with those distinctive vocals. Easing us in with new tracks from her new album ‘Back to Forever’, Lissie soon zoned into her rocker style letting herself go and throwing back her head to ‘In sleep’ and ‘The Habit’ which kick started a fire in the audience, clapping away – dreadfully out of time I might add – to this upbeat song.

Lissie

‘When I’m Alone’ sank in that sensational vibe that Lissie has and quirky fast paced lyrics were tripping of her tongue as well as mine! Applauding her band noting her astounding bass and drum player, this singer modestly also invited a member of the audience, Jamie Harrison, to take a stage snap with her as well as tasting a shot of her ‘Lissie’ tequila!

Lissie

Original lyrics, voice and alcoholic beverage… what’s not to love about Lissie?!

Lissie

They literally had to push us out the doors to leave…

The final word is from Jamie Harrison, here’s his tweet below, with a great pic of him and Lissie after they had just enjoyed a tequila shot together on stage 😀

2 Responses to “Lissie + Norma Jean Martine at the Institute, Birmingham, UK – 11th March 2014”

  1. Zak edwards Says:

    Quite frankly Lissie ROCKS!

  2. Steve Lewis Says:

    I was at Oxford the following night and I agree with Zak – Lissie does indeed ROCK! A very nice review here with some great pictures, but you should also have mentioned the band – especially Lewis Keller playing the bass and secondary drum kit simultaneously… wow… that’s some co-ordination for you!

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