Gig Review: Evi Vine plus The Neverists, Penny for the Workhouse & The Quiet Quiet Band @ The Good Ship, Kilburn – 29/01/2015

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Tonight is the launch event for Evi Vine’s new album Give Your Heart To The Hawks. However, before the main event we have three support bands to entertain us…

Tonight is the launch event for Evi Vine’s new album Give Your Heart To The Hawks. However, before the main event we have three support bands to entertain us.

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The Neverists start with the singer telling an amusing story about Harold the Platypus while the band tune up. When they eventually start for real they show themselves to be purveyors of polite, jangly, tuneful but powerful indie. A song which is possibly called I Don’t Mind is a highlight, as is My Time Machine.

Next up we have Penny for the Workhouse who tell tales of the Kilburn locale in self-consciously exaggerated cockney accents. To quote their opening song, their music is “rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of folk”. However, there is much more to their music than that. All of their songs have incisive and observational lyrics.

Young Professionals has a strong reggae tinge, whilst Mr Dreamer features a dramatic change of gear mid-song. King George pts 1&2, a song about war, has different sections at different tempos. Is this actually prog-folk I ask myself??? They have an air of nonchalant professionalism too. Jess the bass player breaks the bridge of her Hofner violin bass, sticks it in her pocket, and carries on regardless. That girl’s got balls…

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Last song Childslayer is all about bedtime stories – not the kind of ones I was told though! It concludes with The Okey-Cokey. They’re a great band with great songs. Where have they been hiding???

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The Quiet Quiet Band follow – only they’re not in the least bit quiet! The frontman looks like he could be Wild Billy Childish’s son, and they are oddly reminiscent of The Strange Death Of Liberal England. This is music fuelled by a heady mix of energy and passion. With dark lyrics, they have a folk-punk feel like a cross between Gogol Bordello and The Pogues. Utterly enthralling.

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Evi Vine has just released her second album entitled Give Your Heart to the Hawks, and her music still fails to be anything less than fascinating. As Evi and her band take the stage, they make The Velvet Underground’s stage set-up look cluttered. That’s where the similarity ends however.

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Evi’s music is rich, sensual, luxurious and seductive. It’s like drowning pleasurably in velvet. This is music which will take you to places which you’ve never imagined, but to which you’ll beg to return.

Tonight was the first time that Evi and her band had played the songs from Give Your Heart To The Hawks live. It didn’t show. Evi Vine live is one of the more magical artistic experiences one can have.

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I recommend that you experience this for yourself.

Mark Kelly