RISING POP ARTIST SIGRID HEADLINES SOLD-OUT SHOW AT ST LUKE'S, GLASGOW
A new venue to me, a wee night at St Luke’s in the east end of Glasgow to see Norwegian sensation Sigrid. Once in, the venue filled quite quickly as it’s quite small, very intimate. The first band came on and failed to introduce themselves so I’ve no idea who they were. I gathered they were Norwegian and they were good performers too. It seems such a waste to go on tour with an up and coming act to promote yourself and then not make the most of getting your name in peoples heads.
Apart from the obvious marketing faux pas, the opening band were good: comprising of keys, drums, guitar and vocals, they were heavily soul based with electronic elements and really gave a good account. If I have one criticism of them it would be that their brand of electronic needed an update, an oomph as it seemed very dated. They played for 25-30 minutes and it was a good set, well executed.
The gathering in the hall warmed to it and were certainly ready for the main act. The hall was filled with a very eclectic mix of gig goers, from young teen girls with parental accompaniment to middle-aged adults, and also a fair amount of seemingly Glasgow based Norwegians showing some national support. I also noticed one girl with IKEA branded socks; I’m sure that’s the wrong national identity but Scandinavian all the same, I suppose.
The venue turn-around between bands was very slow, which I suppose is to be expected at the smaller venues but by this time the full hall was restless for Sigrid and 40 minutes seemed like a long time to wait. When she finally took the stage she was everything I expected from what I’d seen of her on Jools Holland and Graham Norton: a ball of youthful enthusiasm right from the off and dancing about to every nuance of her set. She started off with 'Go To War' followed swiftly by 'Schedules' which all the crowd reacted well to.
She followed by 'Everybody Knows' which changed the feel but had a certain power to the delivery. The set drove toward an absolutely driving rendition of Raw, her new release. During the performance I noticed how good the musicianship of the band was: they were tight, especially the drums which were precise and always grooving all night. This made the performance seem very assured given the new and up an coming nature of the artist.
I can’t say I knew all the songs but they show a real diversity of influences and a mix of styles, I counted celtic folk in the melodies, jazz in the chord structures and the drumming with a little country and soul all underpinned with an electronic and light pop feel which made it accessible for even the more unaccustomed ear.
As the set moved into 'Dynamite' with just the keys opening, the audience really reacted well both as they recognised it and when it finished. The next song had a little hiccup at the start and Sigrid call the band to restart but her easy and engaging manner made it all feel informal and just part of the gig.
She finished the main set with recent single 'Strangers', which is an absolutely great track and the performance was flawless, her vocal vulnerable and very clear. The crowd demanded more and they came back and played arguably her biggest track to date, the ballad 'Don’t Kill My Vibe'
Given that this is not my kind of music, I was captivated from start to finish. The band’s tightness, the drummers groove and feel, Sigrid’s effortless warbling vocal and the maturity of the songwriting make it an easy call….if you get the chance go see her on tour.
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REVIEW BY: LORNE RALSTON
PHOTOS BY: STUART WESTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY @AmazingPix