Gig Review and Photography by Steve Gerrard

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose’s sweet vocals have found themselves all over 6Music’s airwaves over the past few months, not to mention featuring on a couple of Bombay Bicycle Club records. But it’s great to see that this talented artist is finally getting the recognition she deserves, and tonight, in front of a packed room at The Institute she more then justifies all the attention.

Lucy Rose

It’s the last date of a long UK tour and, with her mom in the audience, Lucy Rose begins things with the low-key yet sublime Gamble before building the pace up with the multi-layered Place, which begins to introduce us to the talents of Lucy’s band. Indeed, all musicians on stage compliment Lucy’s guitar and vocals beautifully, with particular mention of multi-instrumentalist Alex Eichenberger, who manages to switch between cello, keyboards, drums and backing vocals with complete ease.

Lucy Rose

Next up is Watch Over, another song from Lucy’s debut album, Like I Used To, which, like many of her tunes, is complex yet flows perfectly. The vocals replicate the recorded songs well and the band seem extremely tight together, only faltering slightly when Lucy encourages them to have a go at a song which they only started writing that afternoon. Not many artists would dare perform an unrehearsed song before a packed out room, and this seems to go down a treat with the crowd despite being far from perfect.

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose

For the entire performance Lucy sits atop a purpose-built platform of crates which looks like it could all collapse at any moment. My wife wonders why she performs seated for the duration of the gig despite many of the songs being fairly upbeat and funky. I’m not really sure either but it doesn’t seem to bother anyone else in the room.

Lucy Rose

Highlight of the set is the magnificent Bikes which has the whole room responding to the line “Everybody scream out loud”. In comparison, the encore seems to take things down a notch, although the utterly sweet Shiver is absolutely mesmerising. Lucy has a great rapport with her audience, laughing and joking throughout the gig, as well as playing one song purely because it was requested via her Twitter page. She introduces new material tonight too, with Sheffield sounding particularly strong.

Lucy Rose

All in all a near faultless performance. I’d liken her to a female Ben Howard, but there’s more depth to her music than that. You never quite know where her songs might go next. She never takes the easy route. The last song of the night, Don’t You Worry, is a perfect example of that, beginning with a simple acoustic guitar and Lucy’s sweet vocal before the band begin to build the sound up to something more dynamic. It ends where it began, with Lucy and her guitar.

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose will play several festivals over the summer. If you get the chance, I highly recommend you check her out.

Lucy Rose

2 Responses to “Lucy Rose at the Institute, Birmingham, UK – 27th May 2013”

  1. Bianca Says:

    Great photos and review Steve, I love the 2nd photo down… stunning! :)

  2. Wayne Says:

    The second one is my fave too… tip top chief.

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