Gig Review by Kirsty Hillyer with Gig Photos by Lee Allen

Rob Lynch

Rather disrespectfully of me I was hoping to miss the support tonight. I hadn’t really expected any support, I just hoped for longer sets from Allison and Rob.

Having checked out local Yam Yam Lauren Pryke’s YouTube’s I was genuinely hoping to miss her set. With the standard Americanisation to her vocals she represents the antithesis of what I love about Rob Lynch.

Lauren Pryke

Playing a mix of her own songs and covers from Blink 182, The Killers and the City and Color it was all a bit too twee and bland for me. Cue the excuses of she’s only young and it takes guts to expose yourself when its just you and a guitar up there. However I feel these allowances do a disservice to those who play with conviction no matter what the age and to everyone in whatever walk of life puts themselves out there.

Whilst the cold temperatures affect her ability to play, I just hope she learns something from tonight’s joint headliners. Sadly I don’t think she will as she talked with her family rather loudly and disrespectfully throughout both their sets.

Allison Weiss

Allison Weiss is up first and she’s the main reason I’m here tonight. Allison’s awkward charisma and humour always disarms and she knows how to challenge and engage the room. Acoustic shows that have accessible chairs and tables always create a weird cabaret environment. As everyone lurks at the edges of the room she entices us forwards. “Didn’t you hear my intro music? We’re at a place called the Asylum! We’re at a rock show, come forward”.

Allison Weiss

Opening with ‘One Way Love’ she shows you can sing about feelings without it having to be melancholic or whiny. Allison knows whom she is and what she wants to say. Playing in a genre often male dominated on and off stage she invites us all to become members of the “Friday Night Feelings Club” and not to rush the stage now that the VIP zone has opened up.

Allison Weiss

Blasting her way through tracks off debut album ‘Say What You Mean’ including ‘Nothing Left’ and ‘Making it up’ she regales us with tour stories of hard drinking, matching tattoos and feeling like a parent at a club night whilst sorting out broken string and back up guitar tuning issues.

Allison Weiss

It seems I’m always lucky enough to hear new tracks when I see Allison Weiss, last time it was tracks off the ‘Remember When’ EP which she also treats us too tonight with ‘The Fall’ and her incredibly haunting Robyn cover of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’.

Allison Weiss

Tonight’s new song is set for a Spring record and was written in hibernation post her full band’s touring accident that saw their van go off the icy road between shows. Thankfully all members were all physically ok but with any brush with death creates a point of reflection. As I listen to this latest track I can’t help but think Allison writing for/with Taylor Swift would be awesome and take them both to new levels.

Allison Weiss

Having attended tonight feeling massively under the weather, I immediately felt an increase in energy and positivity thanks to this perky lady that you want to keep in your pocket for all rainy day occasions.

Rob Lynch

Rob Lynch seems to have combined alcohol with flu drugs to create an increasingly winning combination of wit and mirth. Corralling the remaining seated dregs of an audience into action by likening the scene to Phoenix Nights.  Opening with album opener ‘31/32’ picks up perfectly from the making the most of life reflections that Allison Weiss left us with.

Rob Lynch

I love that Rob’s accent is unashamedly displayed in his singing and tonight the edge to his accent is given a gruffness that is more enjoyable thanks to the germs attacking his throat. Joined on stage by friend and Wolverhampton lad Johnny Ward adds a rousing weight to his songs that sees him deliver the best set I’ve seen from him, having previously seen him at Slam Dunk and supporting Vinnie Caruana.

Rob Lynch

Tonight we are treated to classics from his debut album “ All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’ including ‘Broken Bones’ and the catch in the throat inducing ‘Whiskey’ about an amazing night with his late father that we all hope for in life.

Rob Lynch

Rob Lynch

His brand of jade effervescent is in fine form tonight and this on stage double act with Johnny sees tour stories of movie watching comparisons to engage the crowd in the show. We are schooled in the sing-along for ‘Hawking’ and the clapping on ‘Plans’ off Rob’s first EP.

Rob Lynch

Mashing his own song up with Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ before merging with Ronan Keating is quite an achievement. Rob also treats us to a new song that reflects upon his life forever away from home. Firm favourite ‘Stamford’ goes down a treat as every alternative kids can empathise with small town abuse. Before ending with ‘My Friends and I’ Rob and Johnny share the joy of meditation thanks to an app called ‘Headspace’, which sums up a Rob Lynch show. It’s like one big chat and hang out with your mates down the pub.

Rob Lynch

I’m personally just thankful that these two awesome artists pulled the tour off despite the extenuating circumstances leading to someone pulling from the tour. It serves as a discredit to these two to mention this further and so I will simply say that I hope to see them again soon.

Rob Lynch

3 Responses to “Rob Lynch + Allison Weiss + Lauren Pryke at The Asylum, Birmingham, UK – 30th January 2015”

  1. dogweiss Says:

    Bloody awesome review steeped in sincere imagery and accurate details of a true talent, Allison. I trust that my use of “bloody” was appropriate, yes proper?, and not gruesome. Your heartfelt tale of this night’s performance(s) was a a wonderful, vicarious treat. Oh that all the world could experience the joy Allison and Rob bring.

  2. halds Says:

    You are completely out of order for saying such personal things about Lauren . You are meant to conduct yourself professionally not slate people, personalities , if her taste of music isn’t for you then simply say that instead of being down right disrespectful.
    You have lost multiple readers but doing such a thing , WELL DONE.

  3. Carlie Says:

    Hi. Brought tickets for this gig before the original headline act got axed. Decided against getting a refund when I heard that Allison and Rob were continuing with the show and I’m glad I did. I thought all three acts were amazing at what they do. Personally I thought Lauren’s vocals were beautiful and guitar playing was excellent. It seems like you have something personal against her as I saw her a few times during the other two sets and she was either watching with a friend or at the bar. No loud talking that you speak of. Also, I checked her out online and it seems to me that she’s not a ‘yam yam’ but a brummie.

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